The fishery management process depends on sound advice based on reliable, robust and up-to-date science.
Data collection and processing requires both scientific training and knowledge of fishing operations, a combination difficult to foster.
I have been involved in the design, planning, research and implementation of applied research programmes with commercial, customary and recreational fisheries, as well as direct contracts with industry and stake-holder organisations.
I'm particularly interested in the use of fishers and processing factory based personnel to collect scientific data, as this is a direct, participatory and very cost effective method for information gathering. Besides being the vital aspects of today's fisheries co-management initiatives.
My favourite role in these projects is direct sample collection and the training of samplers.