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Crab Council Monthly Update
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     Crab sustainability takes work. The council is focused year-round on our fishery improvement projects, and we want you to hear about it. Please take a moment to read our monthly newsletter highlighting the Crab Council’s most recent efforts in Southeast Asia and at home. Thank you for staying current with the NFI Crab Council and keeping focused on tomorrow’s catch.

SustainabilityAbroad,Crab Council Secretary Gavin Gibbons Tours Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Vietnam, and Philippines.
     Secretary of the Crab Council and Vice President of Communications at the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), Gavin Gibbons, was in Southeast Asia in October to attend the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) GOAL Summit. Along the way, Gavin visited with supplier trade-associations in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. In Indonesia, Gavin met with the new APRI Executive Director, Dr. Hawis Madduppa, as well as the new APRI Board members. Discussions focused around next semester activities, budgeting, and government outreach stateside At the GAA Goal Conference in Vietnam Gavin participated in a FIP round-table discussion with VASEP Crab Council members. The discussion focused on the need for a Co-Management and Communications programs to spread awareness and foster compliance of the initiative; VASEP’s potential role in lobbying the government for fishery reforms; planning and budgeting for the next semester. Gavin was also able to visit a factory facility of VASEP member YCC, to inspect meat grading and talk with procurement staff about the supply chain.

Thailand
     Thai BSC fishery stakeholders from Ban Don Bay, Surat Thani were able to sit with MRAG fishery consultant, Robert Wakeford, to put the finishing touches to a draft FIP Action Plan to be implementednext year. The discussion reviewed MSC sustainability criteria, followed by detailed dialogue on sustainability issues and next steps that include stock assessment work and roundtable discussions with a National Committee to agree on fishery specific objectives. The draft FIP Action Plan is currently under review.

Philippines
     At the end of September researchers, government representatives from the LGU’s, BFAR, Universities, NGO’s, and processors convened for talks on the Philippine BSC FIP. It was the first time such a diverse group of fishery experts and stakeholders were able to sit together and discuss the blue swimmer crab fishery. Dr. Robert Wakeford of MRAG facilitated the discussion as well as conducted the MSC Gap Analysis. Stock Assessments and on the ground implementation of the Fishery Administrative Order (fishery management plan) were the hot topics of discussion. The MSC gap analysis will be completed by November; a follow-up meeting beginning next year is planned.

Sri Lanka
     SEASL completed a 1-month stock assessment in Kalpitiya as part of grant awarded by UN-IOM, using SPR methodology. Trials on a gill-net selectivity study were also undertaken in Kalpititya, which will feed into another gillnet selectivity study by UN-ILO in the North of the country. The assessment information will be compiled with data collected under several funders including UN-ILO, UN-IOM and NFI, which are also contributing to the single stock assessment for the fishery. With 3 funders, Sri Lanka is one of the more well-funded FIPs comparable to size of the fishery. A technical working group including Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR), National Aquatic Research and Development (NARA), and Seafood Exporters Association Sri Lanka (SEASL) will review the data.

Sustainability At Home
     SEASL completed a 1-month stock assessment in Kalpitiya as part of grant awarded by UN-IOM, using SPR methodology. Trials on a gill-net selectivity study were also undertaken in Kalpititya, which will feed into another gillnet selectivity study by UN-ILO in the North of the country. The assessment information will be compiled with data collected under several funders including UN-ILO, UN-IOM and NFI, which are also contributing to the single stock assessment for the fishery. With 3 funders, Sri Lanka is one of the more well-funded FIPs comparable to size of the fishery. A technical working group including Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR), National Aquatic Research and Development (NARA), and Seafood Exporters Association Sri Lanka (SEASL) will review the data.


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