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SI Mobile Inshore Fisheries Data Information Project  

Brief Introduction

The Mobile Inshore Fisheries Data Information Project (MIFDIP), also known as the “Hapi Fis, Hapi Pipol Programme” (or “Hapi Fis” for short) is an innovative mobile and electronic platform project for the collection of inshore fisheries biological (life history) and market data.

1. Hapi Fis Project starts collection of biological data

Up until March 2015 the Hapi Fis Project focused exclusively on the collection of market data using the mobile phone platform designed in 2013. This data collection has now developed in Honiara to the almost exclusive collection, since June, of biological data.  Marketing and biological (fish length and weight) data is now being collected from the Honiara main fish market, Ball Beach and Maromaro markets (two small road side fish market to the east of MFMR) whilst only marketing survey data were collected from the Gizo Fish Market in the Western Province.

2. Number of surveys

1,629 marketing surveys were undertaken (June 2015): 595 marketing surveys at the Honiara main market, 267 at the Ball beach market,163 at the Maromaro market and 604 surveys collected in Gizo. Only 11 biological sampling eskies were undertaken at the Honiara main market, Ball beach and Maromaro market since March, resulting in a total of 3,515, 150 and 162 finfish sampled respectively. Over 200 species of finfish have been identified by the data collection programme to date.

3. Data analysis

Marketing survey data analysis will be undertaken during the second half of 2015 with a report to be produced identifying marketing routes and value chain trends. This report will be used to guide the MFMR Marketing Policy and development plan. 
The biological data collection program has yet to accumulate sufficient data to be analysed. The analysis of this data will be initiated in the early part of 2016 (by the MSSIF fisheries biologist in collaboration with MFMR staff), resulting in a report outlining key finfish families and species that are showing signs of over exploitation. This should in turn trigger the MFMR to develop management strategies and regulations to ensure the sustainable management of the most targeted inshore resources.

4. “Hapi Fis” dashboard database

All marketing and biological data collected in Honiara and Gizo is stored and managed within the Hapi Fis “Dashboard” based within the MFMR. The dashboard has been up-graded to ensure the entry of all data is practical. The individual finfish biological “photo” field data are now stored within the MFMR ICTSU systems with the survey data derived from this data-analysis entered into the dashboard.

Picture below: Hapi Fis enumerators Robert Hagi (L) and Patrick Kekete doing fish sampling at a location near Honiara Central Market.