Activity 1.1: Examine historical and current billfish landings and catch rates.
Quantitative, qualitative, and ethnographic methods will be used to collect data on billfishes. Data components will include fishery type (artisanal, recreational/sport and industrial), catches, biological and ecological parameters, composition and weight, fishing effort, size, gears used and fishing locations of capture/fishing, target species, and bycatch species. Relevant biological and ecological (size, sex, gravidity; maturity of the species) data will be collected at landing sites, at sea. For historical trends, secondary data sources and databases (FAO, IOTC, ORI, IIP, National Fisheries Institutions, and private tagging databases) will be used. Fishery dependent and independent data will be collated, followed by data analysis, identification of information gaps and development of recommendations.