Provide participants with an overview on the theory of Ecological Risk Assessment for the Effects of Fishing (ERAEF), a new technique that assesses the risk to marine fish stocks and ecosystems of commercial and recreational fishing. The ERAEF technique allows prioritization of risks so that management responses can be proportional to the risks identified Provide participants with practical experience in undertaking an ERAEF using data from Kuwait. This practical experience will be provided through a structured and guided risk assessment based on the theory covered in the initial stages of the course

Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the theoretical background of Ecological Risk Assessment and its application for assessing the risks of fishing to marine ecosystems and species
  • Assess the priority management intervention that is required to address species and ecosystems that are assessed as being of high risk to fishing activities  
  • Use the skills acquired in the training course to undertake an ERAEF using their own data to assess the risks of fishing to marine ecosystems and species

Participants

All participants will be expected to have at least a Bachelor’s Degree with a good knowledge of marine ecosystems or fisheries management in the northern Gulf region.

Pre-requisites

Good knowledge of English Understanding of mathematics and/or statistics (to undergraduate level) At least two years’ experience in marine biology or marine management related to the northern Gulf area

KISR is a pioneering, independent, national institute of scientific excellence. KISR’s initial role was dedicated to developing three fields of national importance: petroleum, desert agriculture, and marine biology. Since then, KISR’s role and responsibilities have expanded greatly to include the advancement of national industry and the undertaking of studies to address key challenges, such as the preservation of the environment, sustainable management of Kuwait’s natural resources, responsible management of water and energy, and development of innovative methods of agriculture.

KISR’s approach to meeting challenges is distinguished by a culture of openness, a commitment to our clients, and an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach. KISR routinely embarks on strategic partnerships with other regional and international institutes, agencies, and academic bodies, allowing an exchange of knowledge and expertise. Today, KISR is home to over 580 researchers and engineers and over 100 laboratories, housed at 8 locations, with growth expected through the implementation of a new strategic plan. KISR conducts scientific research and performs technological consultations, often in partnership with other regional and international institutions, for governmental and industrial clients in Kuwait, the Gulf region, and the rest of the world. These partnerships, driven by a philosophy of collaboration that runs deep within our culture, help build up our knowledge base, and facilitate the free flow of information, data, and expertise. This adds value to our clients’ business and ensures that the resources needed to confront the challenges They face are always available on demand.

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