Report of the Fourth Meeting of the WECAFC Ad Hoc Shrimp and Groundfish Working Group (1996)
This report provides a summary of the proceedings of the Fourth Meeting of the WECAFC Ad Hoc Shrimp and Groundfish Working Group on the Guianas - Brazil Continental Shelf and CFRAMP Shrimp and Groundfish subproject specification workshop. It contains summaries of the national reports and technical papers presented during the meeting. The major topics discussed included priority areas for a cooperative investigation programme and proposals CFRAMP sponsored stock assessment and data collection activities. The mains recommendations and priority areas for collaboration approved by the meeting are included in the report. The workshop agreed that enough data and information exist to do a preliminary stock assessment of the shrimp resources of the region and recommend that the next meeting of the working group should attempt this task. Bioeconomic analysis of the available fisheries data in countries was considered a priority, through which optimal data requirements for the countries could be identified and alternative management strategies evaluated.