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Statistics Working Group
History of ISC STATWG
In 1996, ISC1 recognized the importance of collecting and archiving data for stock assessment purposes, and established a working group to address fisheries data collection, data processing and data distribution matters. Japan assumed the leadership of the Statistical Working Group (STATWG) and guidelines for addressing fisheries statistics were developed. The guidelines were approved at the ISC2 Plenary in 1999.
The first STATWG meeting was held on January 18-19 1999, chaired by Dr. Gary Sakagawa, with participants from Japan, Mexico, United States, Chinese Taipei, IATTC and SPC. The group reached agreement on the provision of historical Category I, II, and III data on an annual basis.
Terms of Reference of STATWG
The Statistics Working Group is currently responsible for overseeing the collection, compilation, archiving, and dissemination of fishery, biological and other data needed for stock assessments and for monitoring fishery development, statistics and bycatch. The STATWG is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the ISC database and the ISC website.
Membership of STATWG meetings include Data Correspondents of members, Chair and Data Manager of species Working Groups, Chair and Vice Chair of STATWG, ISC Data Administrator and ISC Webmaster.
◊ Chair and Vice Chair of STATWG
The STATWG Chair is responsible for conducting meetings of the STATWG, facilitating the development of annual and multi-year work plans, coordinating and implementing work plan assignments, scheduling meetings, and ensuring that Committee assignments are completed as required. The Chair is also responsible for meeting logistics including preparation of agendas, scheduling of presenters, appointing rapporteurs, and providing assignments for members. The Vice Chair of the STATWG assists the Chair with processing the aforementioned matters, and in the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair assumes all duties and responsibilities of the Chair.
◊ ISC Database Administrator
The ISC Database Administrator (DA) is responsible for managing a centralized database for storing data and files used or produced by ISC.Duties include:
- developing and maintaining the ISC database, including contracting development work to modify/improve the database;
- supporting a working group portal system for members to submit their fishery statistics annually;
- maintaining selective fishery statistics for monitoring the fisheries and for use in ISC general reports and on the ISC website;
- sharing ISC fishery statistics with other fishery and scientific organizations;
- producing the ISC catch tables annually for the ISC Plenary Report; and
- archiving ISC stock assessment files for the species Working Groups.
◊ ISC Webmaster
- maintaining the site and all data portals so that content is easily created, posted, and maintained by content contributors,
- ensuring that the website is updated with current information on meetings, schedules, reports, fisheries statistics, and stock status,
- ensuring that information can be quickly searched and retrieved, and
- ensuring that all web pages are easily navigated and have a graphically pleasing and coordinated design.
◊ Data Correspondent of ISC Members
Each member of the ISC is required to provide a Data Correspondent to participate in the ISC STATWG. The Data Correspondent is responsible for providing fisheries data and the data collection system information to the ISC STATWG annually, and serves as the member’s representative at STATWG meetings.
The STATWG will convene one meeting per year in the week prior to the ISC Plenary. The meeting will be typically 1-2 days, as needed. The STATWG Steering Group can also conduct intercessional meetings, web meetings, or conference calls, as needed.
- Tokyo, Japan (March 2005)
- Shimizu, Japan (January 2006)
- Busan, Korea (July 2007)
- Takamatsu, Japan (July 2008)
- Kaohsiung, Chinese-Taipei (July 2009)
- Victoria, Canada (July 2010)
- San Francisco, USA (July 2011)
- Sapporo, Japan (July 2012)
- Shimizu, Japan (September 2012)
- Shimizu, Japan (May 2013)
- Busan, Korea (July 2013)
- Honolulu, USA (January 2014)
- Taipei, Chinese-Taipei (July 2014)
- Honolulu, USA (February 2015)
- Kona, USA (July 2015)
- Sapporo, Japan (July 2016)
- La Jolla, USA (January 2017)
- Vancouver, Canada (July 2017)
- Shimizu, Japan (March 2018)
- Yeosu, Korea (July 2018)
- Taipei, Chinese-Taipei (July 2019)
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