2017 marks the 11th annual Tuna Data Workshop, and it is held from the 24th to the 28th of April 2017, in Noumea, New Caledonia. The regional Tuna Data Workshop is conducted on an annual basis for SPC member countries to improve their scientific tuna monitoring and data management capacity and satisfy their data reporting obligations to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
Data acquisition and management are essential to successful fisheries management, and a lot of effort has been provided by SPC over the years to strengthen their capabilities and to support member countries in collecting and managing fisheries data, for their own and for regional benefit. (See here what are the roles of SPC and FFA in these aspects).
For the last years, I been working on the use of these (SPC's and FIMS) data streams in MCS to control IUU fishing and "fish laundering", hence I very grateful to SPC and FFA to have invited me to assist to the present workshop as to strengthen my knowledge in these areas and offer a glimpse of what I'm working on for FFA.
Very much looking forwards to this week, besides work New Caledonia being a small piece of France in the Pacific they take their coffee, their bread and their fitness quite seriously... and I'm quite partial to that!