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. Toky Rasoloarimanana, IOC, Marcel Kroese, IOC, Daniel Collachagua, Ministerio de la Producción, Peru The topRead more

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 culture/life is an important part of New Zealand culture,Read more

New Zealand experts deliver compliance training for Tonga Fisheries

New Zealand experts deliver compliance training for Tonga Fisheries
Reprinted from the website of Tonga Fisheries Department Staff from Tonga Fisheries Division recently took part in a three-day fisheries monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement (MCS & E) training workshop in Nuku'alofa 21-23 April, 2015. Credit: Tonga Fisheries Department The workshop was officially opened by Hon. SemisiRead more

News Links, Week of September 12

Each week, the International MCS Network compiles the latest news in the field of fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance.  Please send news links and relevant stories to to be included in next week’s links. US vessels fined for fishing violations in Pacific September 9, 2013 "SixRead more

IMCS Network Collaborates with Dutch Navy to hold MCS Capacity Building Workshops in Ghana and Benin

The IMCS Network is collaborating with the Dutch Navy to host hands on training programs from September 27 to October 11, 2013.  Two experts from the IMCS Network, Richard Thomasson of France and Alastair Beveridge of Scotland, will be facilitating the workshops in Ghana and Benin. TheRead more

Secretariat attends Satellite Applications Catapult IUU Workshop

On April 24th the International MCS Network Secretariat attended the Satellite Applications Catapult IUU Workshop in Harlow, England. The primary purpose of the meeting was to see how spare satellite capacity can be used for fisheries, and what would be useful MCS applications. Further discussions included theRead more

Chatham House Forum, Feb 11-12

The International MCS Network will be featured during the 8th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing at the Chatham House in London, February 11-12.  Harry Koster, International MCS Network Secretariat Executive Director, will deliver a presentation during Session 3 on February 11.  The agenda forRead more

COFI Final: IMCS Report

The Thirtieth Session of COFI concluded on Friday July 13th. While the FAO’s official report of the meeting will contain the decisions of the Committee, the report will not contain all of the proposals and comments on IUU made by many of the more than 44 countriesRead more

COFI Day 3: IMCS Report

Dear Colleagues, The Wednesday sessions at COFI included agenda item #9: Ocean Governance and Outcomes of Rio+20, and also agenda item #10b:Combating IUU Fishing. Interventions during both sessions pointed to the need for more data and capacity building around the world. See  below for more in-depth reporting.Read more

COFI Day 2: IMCS Report

Dear Colleagues, Discussion continued today regarding the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. As proposed by the Chair, it was agreed to address with agenda items 6, 7, and 8 with the inclusion of an evening session. Agenda point 9 (Ocean governance and outcomes RIO +20) willRead more
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