Welcome to the Fisheries Capacity Building Program for the Gulf of California and Northern Pacific. Thanks to the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation, this program is being implemented by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Mexico's National Fisheries Institute (NAPESCA) and the National Fisheries Commission (CONASPESCA). The online component of this program consists of 7 online courses planned to meet specific needs of the Mexican fishing authorities. These courses have been developed by various institutions and recognized experts in these subjects. The lessons are available in English and Spanish.

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This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to understand and describe the general legal framework for fisheries in Mexico. The module is based on drafts developed by the Legal Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Scripts and course materials were reviewed and proofread by the Defensa Ambiental del Noroeste. The final on-line courses and translations were produced by TNC.

The module starts by defining some of the key concepts used in the different Mexican laws that are relevant to fisheries. It then describes several key international laws and conferences that set the scene for the national legislation. This is followed by an exploration of Constitution of the United Mexican States that underpins the different legislation. The different laws are then reviewed and, lastly, the institutions responsible for implementing the legislation are identified.

Available in English and Spanish

Duration: 5 hours

This module consists of 4 individual courses, providing you with the knowledge, tools and skills to be able to apply the ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM). The module is based on the Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management training course developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and IMA International. The online course and the translations of materials into Spanish were developed by TNC.

Topics covered include learning about the principles of EAFM and understanding why it is a preferred approach to sustainably managed fisheries. Practical advice on how to plan, implement and monitor the ecological, human and governance components of EAFM is provided along with a look at challenges that regional fisheries face in moving towards EAFM. Most importantly, this module provides an introduction to the people skills needed to incorporate an ecosystem approach into your existing fisheries management.

Available in English and Spanish

Duration: 2.5 hours