OFP works with Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to help monitor and compile statistics on oceanic fisheries in their waters and in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) generally, to provide assessments of the status of migratory fish stocks at both the regional and national levels, and to carry out applied research and provide advice on pelagic fisheries ecosystems. OFP also assists PICTs to develop local human resources, statistical information and scientific monitoring capacity in tuna fisheries.
The Fisheries Database Supervisor (FDM) is a senior position within the Statistics & Monitoring Section. The section manages a very large-scale tuna fishery database, and generates data products that are used in stock assessments and directly in national and regional tuna fisheries monitoring and management. The section also provides regional coordination and data quality assurance for the range of data collection activities
logsheet and landings data collection, size and
species composition sampling in port, and sampling and other data collection by at-sea scientific observers – that provide the source material for the regional tuna database. The section supports national databases and fishery monitoring programmes through the provision of customised computer software, training and other technical services. Since 2005, it has provided data management and advisory services to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), and has delivered increased national capacity building in fishery monitoring to enable PICTs to fulfil their data-related obligations to the Commission.
The FDM is responsible for regional tuna fisheries databases and is the authority on all aspects of large-scale fisheries database systems. The FDM also conducts analyses of fishery data and provides advice on important fishery-related areas not covered by other OFP positions. The FDM facilitates and supervises the work of database programmes and data entry staff, but also has hands-on involvement in all aspects of database design, development and maintenance, provision of support to WCPFC, and