The Deep Sea Fishing Aithority (DSFA) has a Statstics Section which is responsible for receiving data and other relevant information regarding fishing activities and license application from owners of fishing vessels intending to fish in the EEZ of Tanzania. Also, it handles fishery statistics transmited to the Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC) of the Authority via the Vessels Monitoring System. Currently the main functions of this Section include but not limited to:
- Prepare annual work plans based on the Authority three years (2011/2012 -2014/2015 Strategic Plan;
- Keep in the Data base fishery statistics from the Tanzanian EEZ and other relevant information (vessel particulars, vessel operators and owners)
- Receive, process and analyze EEZ fishery statistics
- Keep and maintain records for license applications, inspected vessels and licences issued;
- Conduct prelisensing inpection for fishing vessels
- Dissemination of information
- Provide advice to the Director General on matters related to the management of EEZ fishery statistics
- Prepare daily, weekly, monthly, midterm and annual implementation reports
The analyzed information helps Managers and Decision Makers to be well informed for formulation of appropriate EEZ fisheries management policy and decision making for long term EEZ sustainable fishery resources management and utilization.
The Deep Sea Fishing Authority has a Data base, this Data base is used to store, process and analyze EEZ fishery statistics and other related information. On the other hand, the Deep Sea Fishing Authority Legislation requires all licensed vessels to report fish caught in the EEZ of United Republic of Tanzania (URT) on daily basis. Furthermore, Tanzanian flagged fishing vessels are required to report fish caught in the international waters. Also, other information regarding specifications of fishing vessels applying for fishing licences, records of fishing vessels that have received fishing licences are being kept in the Data base.
The historical record of fish caught in the EEZ of URT shows that catch of the tuna and tuna like species within Tanzania EEZ varies from year to year but an average of about 8,000 metric tons/year has been observed. Furthermore, catch distribution charts for the tuna and tuna like fisheries in the Indian Ocean, shows that purse seine catches are highest on the edges of the Tanzanian EEZ.