Living Marine Resources Programme
Proper management of living marine resources is important to sustain the livelihoods of people dependent on the resources, to maintain the ecological integrity of marine communities, and to conserve biodiversity.
Fishery resources in the Red Sea and
On this basis, PERSGA is currently seeking to adopt this approach, which is in harmony with its objectives, and in line with what has been formulated by several treaties and international initiatives (such as the Sustainable Development Summit 2002, the Jeddah Declaration, Strategic Directions for Regional Seas for the years 2008-2012). The Sustainable Development Summit (
Perhaps the most important prerequisites for this is the improvement of human and institutional capacities in national departments responsible for fisheries management, and knowledge of professionals of the ecosystem approach in fisheries management, as can be applied.
This programme implements global fisheries imitative in coordination with specialized international authorities such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) and others. The programme seeks to coordinate the laws, regulation and national action plans that govern and manage marine fisheries within the region. Training courses are held to build institutional and human capacities in the field of data collection and the analysis of marine fisheries statistics.
Capacity-Building and Training Activities:
PERGSA has identified and trained National and Regional specialists to form specialist thematic teams, or Working Groups, that receive training in necessary skills in order to carry out conservation activities in their respective territories.
Two research and training centres were consequently upgraded. The first is located at the Fisheries Training Institute in
Furthermore, the KAU training centre houses PERSGA’s taxonomic collection of regional marine organisms. Taxonomic research plays an important role in the training of scientists. This collection allows for verification of data collected during field work and helps assure the highest possible accuracy in survey and monitoring activities. Staff have since been trained at the Senckenberg Research Institute and
To improve identification and analysis of fisheries data, PERSGA purchased and distributed to all national fisheries institutions the FAO Fish Base 2000, as well as an CD identification guide for all the LMR species recorded in the region.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden