COFI Side Event Flyer

IMCS Network Joint Side Event at COFI June 9, 2014

COFI IUU Side Event Flyer

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FAO’s Committee on Fisheries 31st Session will convene June 9-13, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  The International MCS Network will participate in the meeting and will co-host a side event on combatting illegal fishing at lunch (12:45 PM) on Monday June 9 in the Austria Room of the FAO Headquarters.

At the event, speakers from the Pew Charitable Trusts, FAO, Long Distance Fleet Regional Advisory Council (LDRAC), and Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States Bordering the Atlantic Ocean (ATLAFCO/COMHAFAT) will also be contributing their expert opinions to a session that will be overflowing with innovative ideas for ending illegal fishing worldwide.

Should any Members have important matters to bring to our attention, Network Chair Cephas Ralph and Executive Director Harry Koster will be present and available to meet around the time of the event.

IMCS Network Executive Committee member Ida Kusuma Wardhaningsih and Stop IUU Fishing Award winners Pedro Rodrigues from Timor-Leste and Victor Kargbo of the Environmental Justice Foundation will also be in attendance to provide information on the regional programs they manage and to answer questions about past and future initiatives of the Network.

For questions or to set up meetings, the Network Secretariat can be contacted at or through Interim Network Coordinator Elise Stull at

What is COFI?

The Committee on Fisheries (COFI), a subsidiary body of the FAO Council, was established by the FAO Conference at its Thirteenth Session in 1965. The Committee presently constitutes the only global inter-governmental forum where major international fisheries and aquaculture problems and issues are examined and recommendations addressed to governments, regional fishery bodies, NGOs, fishworkers, FAO and international community, periodically on a world-wide basis. COFI has also been used as a forum in which global agreements and non-binding instruments were negotiated.

COFI membership is open to any FAO Member and non-Member eligible to be an observer of the Organization. Representatives of the UN, UN bodies and specialized agencies, regional fishery bodies, international and international non-governmental organizations participate in the debate, but without the right to vote. (See

More information about COFI 31 available here:

Map of FAO Headquarters and other useful links available here:

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.