NSAP (National Stock Assessment Program)
by: Francisco Torres Jr., NFRDI
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.
To this effect, a Fishery Resources Assessment Training Course and a subsequent planning workshop was held in Manila in 1996 which was participated by selected technical staffs from the BFAR Research Division, DA-RFUs 1 to 13 and DAF-ARMM.
A Special Order from the Secretary of the DA designating the trained staffs to act as the Project Leader and Assistant Project Leader of the National Stock Assessment Program in their respective Regions and a Co-Project Leader from the trained BFAR Research Staff was issued in January 1997.
The Program was formally started in June 1997 with the hiring and training of enumerators and the identification of study and sampling sites all over the country.
The training enumerators included fish identification and collection of catch and effort data.