International Fisheries Specialist (Stock Assessment), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: United Arab Emirates

City: Abu Dhabi

Office: FAO Representation in United Arab Emirates

Closing date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023


International Fisheries Specialist (Stock Assessment)

Job Posting: 04/Jan/2023

Closure Date: 25/Jan/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : SNG

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: United Arab Emirates-Abu Dhabi

Duration : 20 Days WAE

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

With an average consumption of 25.3 kg/capita/year, the UAE population consumes more seafood than the global average, but imports (301,982 t in 2016) largely outpace the national production from fisheries and aquaculture (72,780 t) in the supply of the domestic market, while almost 87,016 t are also (re)exported. Yet, some studies indicate that some stocks may be overfished. In 2018, a scientific study by the Environment Agency of the Abu Dhabi Emirate gave alarming findings on the status of some highly praised fish stocks. In order to protect them, a fishing ban was decided, after which the status of the endangered stocks dramatically improved in just 2 years as a study published in 2021 highlighted. However, in the meantime, the fish production in the Emirate collapsed by 63 percent, from more than 4000 tons to less than 2000 tons. It is thus important to implement tools and monitoring to ensure that fish stocks can be exploited in a sustainable manner. Aquaculture and Fisheries is indeed one of the sectors that the UAE government wants to support in the coming years through its National Food Security Strategy. The project UTF/UAE/009/UAE BABY 2 aims at supporting this objective.

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of the Subregional Coordinator (SRC) for the Gulf Cooperation Council States and Yemen, and under direct technical supervision of the Senior Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer, the incumbent will support the formulation and implementation of FAO’s agenda with regards to fisheries stock assessment in UAE, and contribute to the objectives of the UTF/UAE/009/UAE BABY 2 Project.

Technical Focus

The International Fisheries Stock Assessment Specialist, in close coordination with technical staff and stakeholders, will train the UAE institutions on how to conduct a fisheries stock assessment for the priority marine fisheries. The fisheries stock assessment will provide further information on the local capture fisheries including the status of fish stocks to inform decision-making and design effective management plans for UAE’s fisheries. The assessment will include the ecological, social and economic performance of fisheries and test different management interventions. It will aim to assess how improved fishery sector management can better contribute to food security, livelihoods and jobs and reduce poverty by ensuring sustainable utilization of the resources for the benefit of the UAE people.

Tasks and responsibilities

Conduct an assessment mission of the UAE capacities in fisheries data collection and analysis, and make recommendations for investing in a modern fisheries data collection and monitoring.

Analyse the gaps and determine the requirements for conducting a fisheries stocks assessment in UAE based on literature review and contacts with local scientists, research institutes and governmental agencies;
Conduct an inception technical workshop with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre (FCSC) as well as relevant local/national scientists and agencies, key stakeholders to identify, collect, review and update the data available;
Identify the priority species, best strategy and approaches to be used for the assessment of the stock(s) in the context of UAE;
Propose a plan of action for developing and conducting a theoretical and practical training for the national teams and working groups on the methodologies selected to assess the UAE fisheries stock assessment through most adequate approaches and related software tools for the UAE.

Propose a plan of action for implementing a fishery stock assessment system for UAE to become capable to report on SDG 14.4.1. and monitor the data collection by the government during one year.

The FAO office in Abu Dhabi will provide transport for the consultant during the mission to enable institutional visits, with staff from FAO/Government travelling with the consultant to provide logistical support. Government staff will also facilitate in arranging consultations in the different landing sites.


Minimum Requirements

University degree in Fisheries

5 and more years of relevant experience

Working knowledge (Level C) of English and limited knowledge (Level B) of Arabic or any other official FAO language. For PSA, working knowledge of English is required.

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