Fishery performance indicator studies for the commercial and recreational pelagic fleets of the Dominican Republic and Grenada.
Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs) were developed to address gaps in data and information on fisheries worldwide and in recognition that to be successful with fisheries investment, development or conservation projects measurable outcomes are needed. The focus of the tool and its indicators is to evaluate the effectiveness of management systems in aligning ecosystem health and human well-being. The Ocean Partnership Program (OPP) belonging to the Areas Beyond National Jurisdictions (ABNJ) program funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the World Bank, supported the Caribbean Billfish Project and its development of billfish fisheries management and conservation business cases in the Caribbean. The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), Conservation International and the fisheries authorities in the Dominican Republic and Grenada teamed-up to develop business cases at national level. The FPIs studies in both countries were conducted on the commercial and recreational pelagic fisheries. For Grenada, the commercial pelagic longline fishery, the commercial fish aggregating device (FAD) fishery and recreational fishery for billfish and other pelagics were assessed. For the Dominican Republic, the pelagic FAD fishery and the recreational billfish fishery were assessed. This circular details the information discovered during the FPI field work and discusses the resulting FPI scores. The information collected and analysed is used for the development of the business cases in both countries.