NATIONAL STOCK ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (NSAP)
The code stipulates that continuous stock assessment studies should be conducted as basis for the determination of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and Total Allowable Catch (TAC). The output of this research shall be the basis in the formulation of regulatory policies i.e. determination of species“The National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) was conceptualized due to the lack of standardized and continuous information on fishery resources which is fundamental to fishery management and the apparent institutional incapacity of the Regional Field Units to conduct resource assessment studies in their respective areas of jurisdiction” - Noel C. Barut - National Coordinator NSAP
Pursuant to Article 7 of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing and Section 6.4 Article 6 of the General Principles and Article 12 of the CCRF, proper utilization, conservation, protection, development and management of the country’s capture fishery resources require vital information of the fisheries, including biological status of major species by area.
In order to comply with CCRF and other international treaties/organization requirements, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) implemented the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) thru the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) pursuant to Article 7, 8 and 9 of Republic Act 8550 or Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.
For Region 4A, Fish Stock Assessment at Tayabas Bay is being conducted from 2004 to the present date. And was expanded in Lamon Bay, Ragay Gulf in Quezon and Balayan and Calatagan Bays in Batangas to cover at least 80% of all landing sites in the regions.
- To generate reliable data as basis in the formulation of policies for the management and conservation of the country’s aquatic resources in order to attain sustainable development and exploitation.
- To develop and institutionalize the capability of the region in resource assessment, management and development.
- To determine the trend of seasonal distribution, relative abundance, size and species composition of the major marine resources in each fishing ground.
- To provide estimates of population parameters of the major aquatic resources in each fishing ground.
- To complement BAS in the generation of fisheries statistics.
NSAP Activities include:
- Fish catch monitoring
- Trainings for enumerators, encoders, and analysts for skills development and improvement
- Data validation and presentation of results among peers
- Planning workshops
- Publication of study reports
- Participation in scientific conferences
- Participation in collaborative research review and reporting (inter-agency, regional)
- Consultation/presentations to LGUs, FARMCs and BFAR 4A management.