International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Network for Fisheries-related Activities

COFI 32 IUU side event

Network Chair Cephas Ralph will again participate in an IUU fishing-themed side event at the 32nd FAO-COFI meeting. Details: Thursday July 14, 2016 12:30-2:00 PM (Iran Room). Co-organizers: International MCS Network, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), Global Fishing Watch and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
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3rd Stop IUU Fishing Award

The 3rd Stop IUU Fishing Award contest will open on January 1 and close in October 2017. The winners will be brought to the 6th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW), tentatively scheduled for early-mid spring 2018 (host nation TBC). The winners of the 2nd contest were announced in March 2016 at the 5th GFETW in Auckland, New Zealand.
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New Website Coming Soon

The International MCS Network will launch its new website soon, aiming for late August/early September.

Latest Posts

  • 2016 Fishackathon Winners Announced
    2016 Fishackathon Winners Announced
    U.S. Department of State Announces 2016 Fishackathon Winner Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 8, 2016 The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State announced on World Oceans Day that the...
  • Port State Measures Agreement Entry into Force June 5
    Port State Measures Agreement Entry into Force June 5
    FAO Press Release: FAO Port State Measures Agreement set to become binding law 16 May 2016, Rome – Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing is about to become much more difficult thanks to the imminent entry into force...
  • Tools for monitoring and surveillance in fisheries control systems: interview with Cephas Ralph
    Tools for monitoring and surveillance in fisheries control systems: interview with Cephas Ralph
    Published on Youtube May 5, 2016 Cephas Ralph is Head of Compliance for Marine Scotland and Chair of the IMCS Network (International Monitoring Control and Surveillance Network). Cephas comes from a long line of fishermen and he has...
  • 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award Winners Announced
    2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award Winners Announced
    The winners of the 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award contest were the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), which is composed of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion and Seychelles, and Peru’s Ministerio de la Producción. The top prize was awarded to...
  • The 5th GFETW Begins in Auckland!
    The 5th GFETW Begins in Auckland!
    March 7, 2016 (Auckland, New Zealand) The 5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (5th GFETW) kicked off today with a traditional Māori Haka–Pōwhiri (Opening Ceremony), including a Kai Karanga (Welcoming call & reply) and Karakia (Opening prayer). Māori...

The International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Network aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fisheries-related MCS activities through enhanced cooperation, coordination, information collection and exchange among national organizations and institutions responsible for fisheries-related MCS.