The Bycatch Management for Trawl Fisheries in Prachaub and Chumphon Provinces
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The first local stakeholder consultation meeting in Chumphon province was held on 7 November 2013 at Hotel Kangpeka Resort, total participants 128 (invited participants 108 and 20 observers) attained the meeting. The objectives of the meeting were to make known about the REBYC II project of Thailand to local fishers and authority, to cooperate together among fishers, stakeholder, DOF officials and RFU in planning for making operation for sea trials in mesh size enlargement activities for trawlers and to recruit voluntary fishers to accompany and demonstrate of the sea trial experiments. The meeting was started smoothly with presentations on the results of DOF experiments which have been taken before, catches of food fish* and trash-fish* were shown in percentage of escapement* and comparison of value of the catches. Various mesh sizes cod end and cover nets were used in experiments of DOF. Anyhow for REBYCTII project, the experiment on the enlargement of cod end mesh will try to using fisher’s boats, both otter board and pair trawlers, in this time we expect to have more strong research works and more social and economic data. The meeting was also presented the species and sizes of fish get caught. Planning for next experiments has been shown. After discussion in details, finally they were agreed with DOF plan and will send volunteer fishers to cooperate in the experiments through DOF requesting official invitation to the Fisheries Society of Thailand. The meeting was successfully meet the objectives and then closed.
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