When conducting surveys, DAWR staff attempt to interview fishermen for each type of gear observed during the participation surveys (Appendix 3 Table 1).
The staff of the PIFSC program WPacFIN who collaborates with the DAWR, use an expansion algorithm to extrapolate results of the interviews of a sample of fishermen from shore-based surveys to estimates of island-wide catch and effort (Bak (7)).
The CPUE data used in this study had limitations, namely that the CPUE data for taxa infrequently encountered by any gear type in the DAWR creel surveys were not reliable; infrequently encountered taxa included many reef fishes, although the CPUE data have been shown to be reliable for some of the jacks (Bak Hospital (11)).
Summaries of participation, effort, and catch data for the bottomfish fishery are based on DAWR
expansions only and include all species caught by that method.
WWL took immediate action in isolating and securing all vehicles while contacting the DAWR inspection team to inform and intervene, and by doing so secured and mitigated the risk, Munroe continues.
WWL also got credit for working collaboratively with the local team of DAWR in the training and development of machinery-accredited staff.
1983-2002: We relied on the island-wide expanded catch estimates as provided by WPacFIN, based on offshore creel surveys undertaken by DAWR.
1965-81: The inshore catch data for this period were based on the inshore creel survey data as reported in the DAWR annual reports, including the often separately reported estimates for octopus and shellfish (based on reef-gleaning), fish weirs, and the highly irregular, seasonal catches of juvenile rabbitfishes (Siganidae) and big-eye scad.
1985-2002: We used the island-wide expanded catch estimates from the inshore creel survey, as undertaken by DAWR, and provided by WPacFIN.
Until recently, the funding constrained the DAWR to work on finfishes only; therefore, information on nonfinfish is limited to catch statistics for methods that also target finfish.
The DAWR has been involved in many aspects of research.
The DAWR has been keeping track of the catch sold by offshore recreational fishermen (Myers, 1993) and has recently begun to document other catches, including nearshore reef fishes.