OUR SAMPLING NETWORK
Coastal sampling is a critical activity in fisheries research as the resulting information feeds into many research and expertise activities, from observation and understanding of ecosystem resources to 'fisheries monitoring and management support. The major challenge of onshore sampling is to ensure sufficient spatianl and temporal coverage for the study of target stocks.
In this context, INRH has developed an "internal contractualization" plan to improve the performance of the overall research system, and in particular the activities of the biological sampling network at all Regional Centers and Laboratories, besides the Central Casablanca. The implementation of this plan is based on the evaluation of the ad hoc resources allocated for the implementation of the predefined protocols adapted to the specificities of each region. This aims to overcome the constraints of accessibility to sampling sites and to biological material and to ensure a balanced coverage of the main studied species in the offshore and the coastal area.
The activities of the sampling network consist of the following operations:
- Biological sampling of commercial catches;
- Socio-economic surveys related to artisanal fishing activities;
- Surveys of the typology of fleets and sectors and their socio-economics;
- Sampling for abundance assessment, bio-ecology study and monitoring of coastal resources.