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: "Getting rehabilitation right
To help that effort, FAO has produced a framework strategy for the rehabilitation of fisheries and aquaculture in the tsunami zone which it hopes will help contribute to sustainable and responsible fishing in the region as the sector gets back on its feet. 'We should not re-create one of the major problems within fisheries prior to the tsunami: over-capacity in the coastal fisheries,' said Mr Turner. 'To simplify, that means too many boats, too much fishing effort. We must ensure that we do not surpass the level of fishing capacity that was there before the disaster.' The framework provides recommendations on a number of other issues, including: making sure that leadership of fisheries and aquaculture rehabilitation comes from the governments and fishing communities in the affected countries; relies on local craftsmen and suppliers as much as possible, and; respects local needs and sensibilities and focuses on people and their livelihoods. Fishers in the region affected by the tsunami use gear that is specialised to match local fish stocks, sea conditions and customs, and FAO is stressing that it is important that any equipment brought in or donated from overseas match those requirements. "