REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON PLANNING FOR CATCH ASSESSMENT SURVEY 2020 IN LAKE VICTORIA, AND FINALIZATION AND LAUNCH OF E-CAS SYSTEM IN NAIROBI, KENYA ON 2ND- 6TH MARCH, 2020
Report by Horace Owiti and Jacob Ochiewo
In a bid to expand knowledge of the status, trends and socio-economic aspect of Lake Victoria Fisheries for sound policy development, better decision-making and responsible fisheries management, the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), through the LVFO-GIZ project entitled “Responsible Fisheries Business Chains on Lake Victoria”, secured funding to develop and roll out Electronic Catch Assessment (E-CAS) system for Lake Victoria. This tool kit for routine small-scale fisheries data collection has been innovatively developed using local expertise within the Catch Assessment Regional Working Group (LVFO). The E-CAS comprises of a generic database and a mobile phone, and has more adaptation to local management expectations beyond the provision of FAO’s OPEN ARTFISH. With E-CAS, it will be possible to implement cost-effective and sustainable routine fisheries data collection, storage and analysis, using appropriate statistical procedures.
A workshop has been organized in Nairobi, Kenya on 1st to 7th March, 2020 to plan for the catch assessment survey 2020 in Lake Victoria and launch the E-CAS system.
The specific objectives of the workshop are to:
- Finalize the E-CAS system to include inputs of the updated standard operating procedures;
- Plan for Catch Assessment Survey; and
- Officially launch the E-CAS system to capture fisheries data.
The workshop is attended by LVFO Catch Assessment Regional Working Group members and National Database Developers from the Republic Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, GIZ and LVFO staff (Plate 1). The former includes Mr. Herbert Nakiyende and Mr. Aventino Bakunda from Uganda; Mr. Hillary Mrosso and Ms. Merisia Sebastian from Tanzania; Mr. Horace Owiti and Ms. Anne Mokoro from Kenya. National Database experts include Mr. Patrick Bwire from Uganda; Mr. Raphael O. Okeyo from Kenya and Mr. Raphael Mhando Sendalo from Tanzania. Two E-CAS Database Developers; Mr. lnnocent Sailale and Mr. Hassan Mpuruti are also participating. These Database Experts and E-CAS developers are working to finalize the E-CAS system and migrate all historical data into the new system.