There is no valid data to precisely know the catch’s species, the catch’s location, and the quantity of the catch per fish species to support effective, sustainable fisheries management.
Therefore, YKAN is developing a fisheries data collection method and technology named Crew Operated Data Recording Systems (CODRS). CODRS is a data collecting system operated by YKAN’s fisher partners. Fishes caught by fisher will be measured on a measuring board and photographed to determine their size and species. These photos will then be given to the field enumerator for species identification and fish’s size measurement. After that, another enumerator will do a verification process to ensure that the data has been processed correctly. Data will then be stored in a database.
Moreover, GPS can also track fisher boats to show the location where the fishes were caught. Aside from collecting data of snappers and groupers, CODRS is also collecting bycatch data, such as sharks and stingrays. Data collection in 2019 successfully identified 1,742 individuals, in which 59% of it, according to IUCN Red List, were classified as near threatened, 9% of it as endangered, 8% of it as vulnerable, and 3% as critically endangered.