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Reef Fisheries Portal

Reef Fisheries PortalDuration: December 2004 – March 2006
Funding: The John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation
Website: http://www.reefbase.org/reeffisheries

Coral reef fisheries are chronically and acutely over-fished. Effective management to address this is often hampered by a lack of, or insufficient access to existing information (data, reports, experiences/lessons learned). In addition, decentralized management has in many cases exacerbated this problem due to lack of coordination between agencies. As a result, major investments have been and are being used suboptimal at best because information and outcomes of many studies are not accessible, or are effectively hidden within individual agencies.

With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, a Reef Fisheries Portal was developed as part of ReefBase. The aim of this portal is to provide a single, easy to use, electronic, repository of coral reef fisheries management information that can be used by managers. The main structure and information categories in this portal were defined during a workshop organized by the WorldFish Center and SPC in December 2005. This workshop brought together key experts from various organizations to discuss the information needs of reef fisheries managers and how an information portal would be able to address those needs. For more information about the workshop and outcomes, see: Workshop.

ReefBase will continue to add timely and relevant information to the portal, and use it as a mechanism for sharing information, lessons learned and good practices to benefit coral reef fisheries management decisions.
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