September 17, 2022 – Panama City, Panama – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently trained 79 participants, including fisheries officers from Panama, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, to the analysis and interpretation of fisheries and aquaculture data for the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP). The course, which took place virtually from June 27, 2022 to July 1, 2022, presented fishery statistics based on the international training course on fishery statistics and data collection developed by FAO in collaboration with the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries of the University of Ghana and the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture of Ghana. It was the first time in more than 15 years that a regional course in Spanish on fisheries statistics was organized in the region.
The theme of developing national capacity to produce reliable and up-to-date data is addressed in different ways by the Commission with the implementation of various national or regional projects to support fisheries statistics, in particular with the organization of national training and regional. FAO says quality data and statistics are needed to address issues of overfishing, ecosystem restoration and livelihood resilience through science-based decisions.
“The training was delivered in a simple way and with great technical ability. This met expectations, as the training was based on the main concerns and needs of the technicians, and it was possible to ask specific questions also relating to national realities. Fruitful recommendations were made for the improvement of data collection and subsequent analysis,” said Yesuri Pino, one of the course participants.
Alberto Saa from Oceanografo added: “My expectations were to get clear, precise, objective and orderly information from the course that would help me get fishing DATA in the field. The training had all the ingredients that [would] allow me to reinforce the fishing information obtained since it included the use of software (Excel) to
process, analyze and interpret field data from a statistical point of view”.
Meanwhile, Yvette Diei Ouadi, FAO’s Subregional Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer for the Caribbean and
The WECAFC Secretary said: “Training was one of the last deliverables of this WECAFC project.
The fact that this [was] initially predicted [as] a national level event, but it turned out to bring together various
among OSPESCA members, reflects the great interest…in well-informed decision-making and investment”.