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||Hopkins, K., Rhodes, K.
||Final Progress Report: A Field and Household Assessment of Non-commercial Fishing, Per Capita Consumption and Trade Patterns for Coral Reef Fishery Management Improvement in Pohnpei, Micronesia
||The University of Hawaii at Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center
||1079 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
||NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant NA08NMF4630458, Socioeconomic Assessment and Resource Evaluation
||Assessments of catch statistics and trends in fish populations provide the basis of decision-making for fisheries management. In the tropical Pacific, however, few nations record catch statistics accurately or systematically, such that changes in fisheries and fish populations often go undetected (Zeller et al. 2006). This is particularly true for nearshore coral reef fisheries that form the basis of food security, income and recreation for millions of coastal Pacific communities (Munro 1996). To improve the ability to properly manage fisheries and maintain coastal fishing livelihoods, there is an urgent need to gather reliable fisheries statistics, particularly given the impact to small-scale commercial and subsistence fishers from fish population declines or loss.