Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

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Dataset Overview  
The information prepared, processed and contributed to FIRMS cover relevant data for formulation of fisheries and conservation and management objectives and strategies on the status and trends of shark fisheries, taxonomy, biology and ecology of shark in the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Member Countries.
Collection Coverage  
The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) has mandated responsibility to provide technical assistance for achieving sustainable fisheries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region in collaboration with the member countries through the Secretariat in collaboration with four SEAFDEC Departments and the Member Countries.
The information contributed to FIRMS depends on specific monitoring programmes agreed upon by SEAFDEC council. The first contribution from SEAFDEC to FIRMS concern the programme on " Management of Fisheries and Utilization of Shark in Southeast Asia (2002-2006)".

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Data Source  
Quality Assurance  
The contributed information conform to SEAFDEC information policy and to the Information Management Policy established by the FIRMS Steering Committee.

Sources and Traceability
Sources of information are documented, and links to electronic versions of source material when available on the SEAFDEC website.

Transparency and Peer-Review
SEAFDEC provide full information on the methods of collecting and compiling the data and information as well as on the concepts and definitions used in their compilation.

Collection Method: Sharks catches and some biological data are collected at 28 selected landing sites of 8 SEAFDEC Member Countries and reported by quarter within one year period from 2003 to 2004. Data and information on total volume of shark and non-shark catches by type of fishing gear are collected at each site on a daily basis, during one month (30 days) of each of the four quarter of the year. Some biological data and information on shark including species composition, length frequency and sex and maturity are collected one time per quarter about one week time after the monthly data collection has been completed with total four times at the landing sites. Data and information on the utilization and marketing of sharks as descriptive information on which part of sharks are used, into which kind of product, from which fishing source and for which type of market destination are collected one time in each quarter for four times.

Processing Method: All these data and information collected on shark catches, shark biology and utilization and marketing of sharks are compiled and analyzed at the country level and further compiled at the regional level.

Validation Mechanism

Consistency and accuracy

Information Security
All contributions from SEAFDEC are in the public domain. SEAFDEC is responsible for ensuring that any restrictions placed on the dissemination of information provided by member countries contributing to SEAFDEC databases are respected. In no circumstances SEAFDEC contribute confidential information to FIRMS.
The information contributed to FIRMS resides under the full ownership (hence responsibility) of SEAFDEC. Methods used in authentication and verification of this information lie on the FIRMS security mechanisms, including a role for a SEAFDEC editor and a SEAFDEC approver.

Inquiries can be addressed to the Database Manager of the Secretariat to Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC).
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This is an extract of the SEAFDEC fisheries advice presenting the fish stock information. The full SEAFDEC advice is available on and accounts for fisheries constraints in addition to the stock considerations.
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