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United Nations Ocean Conference Concludes With Call for Action

New York, NY (June 9, 2017) — The United Nations Ocean Conference held June 5-9 in New York concluded with nearly 1300 Voluntary Commitments made by governments to stop IUU fishing and support sustainable fisheries and rebounding populations. To implement Sustainable Development Goal 14, governments and private

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Retailers Support Tuna Traceability Declaration 2020 at UN Ocean Conference

Retailers Support Tuna Traceability Declaration 2020 at UN Ocean Conference

New York, NY (June 5, 2017) — Dozens of retailers and supply chain stakeholders agreed to promote The Tuna Traceability Declaration 2020 at the first ever United Nations Ocean Conference held Jun 5-9 in New York City. Endorsing entities announced long-term action plans and partnerships to meet

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Launch of Tuna Compliance Network to Combat IUU Fishing

Washington, D.C. (April 02, 2017) — Compliance officers from the five tuna Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) gathered at the Port Authority for an inception workshop March 27-29 in Vigo, Spain. The meeting marked the launch of the Tuna Compliance Network hosted by IMCS Network with support

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Toolbox Project Will Help Experts Identify MCS Solutions

Toolbox Project Will Help Experts Identify MCS Solutions

Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2017) — The International MCS Network commenced a second project in December 2016 to coordinate the compilation and review of the tools, methodologies, technologies, and other solutions currently available for Monitoring Control and Surveillance of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in capture fisheries. 

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Transshipment Project Combats IUU Fishing

Transshipment Project Combats IUU Fishing

Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2017) — With support from the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), the Food and Agriculture Organization has initiated a project on transshipments with the International MCS Network.Signed December 2016, the partnership includes a literature review, survey of suppliers, processors, distributors, and other stakeholders as

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Join us at the Building Ocean Health conference in Korea!

Join us at the Building Ocean Health conference in Korea!

The IMCS Network is pleased to announce our upcoming presentation at the Building Ocean Health conference in Seoul, Korea.  Registration is still open for those who want to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there! Building Ocean Health:  Sharing experiences to move towards sustainable fisheries management

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces $3.35 Million in Grants to Support Sustainable Fisheries

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces $3.35 Million in Grants to Support Sustainable Fisheries

Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2016) — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the second round of grant awards from its Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (EMR) Grant Program, a program launched in 2015 to catalyze the implementation of electronic technologies in U.S. fisheries. The grants announced

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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 global winner of the third annual Fishackathon was Akubic,

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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 of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking

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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 been active in maritime law enforcement since he left

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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.