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Rapid fishery assessment by market survey (RFAMS) - An improved rapid-assessment approach to characterising fish landings in developing countries


White, WT and Last, PR and Dharmadi, A and Faizah, R and Chodrijah, U and Buckworth, RC and Dichmont, CM, Rapid fishery assessment by market survey (RFAMS) - An improved rapid-assessment approach to characterising fish landings in developing countries, PLoS ONE, 9, (10) Article e109182. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109182


The complex multi-gear, multi-species tropical fisheries in developing countries are poorly understood and characterising the landings from these fisheries is often impossible using conventional approaches. A rapid assessment method for characterising landings at fish markets, using an index of abundance and estimated weight within taxonomic groups, is described. This approach was developed for contexts where there are no detailed data collection protocols, and where consistent data collection across a wide range of fisheries types and geographic areas is required, regardless of the size of the site and scale of the landings. This methodology, which was demonstrated at seven fish landing sites/fish markets in southern Indonesia between July 2008 and January 2011, provides a rapid assessment of the abundance and diversity in the wild catch over a wide variety of taxonomic groups. The approach has wider application for species-rich fisheries in developing countries where there is an urgent need for better data collection protocols, monitoring future changes in market demographics, and evaluating health of fisheries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:article, data collection method, developing country, fish landing, fishery management, geographic distribution, marketing, nonhuman, population abundance, Rapid Fishery Assessment by Market Survey, species diversity, species richness, taxonomy, fish
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, WT (Dr William White)
ID Code:119145
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2017-07-26
Last Modified:2017-08-17
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