Since our 14 month report, we have progressed in both the ecosystem mapping and fisheries monitoring phases of our project.
We integrated information from seabed sampling and interviews with fishermen, to produce our first complete map of the study area’s sea habitats and ecosystems in June 2012. You can see more on how we achieved this here.
We then presented our final map (GIS and Google Earth formats) to the Federación Galega de Confrarfías de Pescadores (FGCP) and the Confrarías of Aguiño, Cambados and Ribeira. These fishermens’ organisations were very interested in how they could use this data to manage their fisheries in the future.
During the past two months, we have also worked hard to improve communications between the GAP2 scientists and the fishermen involved in the fieldwork. To ensure that everyone is kept informed and “in the loop”:
- Scientists have shared a report on the Ecoystem Mapping Phase in its entirety, with the Federación Galega de Confrarfías de Pescadores. Not only can the fishers’ organisation use this to improve the management of their resources, but moreover, they can see the results of their participation within GAP2.
- Scientists now deliver weekly reports to the Federación Galega de Confrarfías de Pescadores about the case study’s progress.
- Scientists regularly post updates on our case study blog (http://recursosmarinos.net/gap2/) informing web visitors about progress and news. The Federación Galega de Confrarfías de Pescadores also contributes to this blog.
- Scientists regularly visit the fishermen invovled in the project, to get face-to-face feedback about the progress of data collection on their daily movements, catch and effort.
- If you want to know what we plan to do over the next few months, read our “Next Steps” section here.