The Second Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop
August 7-11, 2008
Effective and innovative tools and methods being used to detect IUU including apprehension techniques
The Second Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (2nd GFETW) was designed to build on the success of the 1st GFETW in Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia and further tackle the problem of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Workshop focused on operational aspects of fisheries MCS, and it provided MCS professionals around the globe the opportunity to share information and experiences and to discuss pragmatic solutions for reducing IUU fishing and new ways forward with respect to improving fisheries enforcement.
Hosted by the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries in Trondheim, the 2nd GFETW was attended by a total of 173 participants representing 54 countries, including approximately 30 developing countries, and more than 15 international/intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, academic institutions and other affiliations.
The agenda consisted of eleven sessions with periods for discussion and comments within each, as well as an opening session and a concluding session for the adoption of a the 2008 Trondheim Declaration. Frequently using actual situations and covering a broad array of topics, each session followed an identified theme, including:
- Using technology as an intelligence tool
- IUU impacts on artisanal fisheries and related situations
- Deterring IUU in the North East Atlantic – Breaking the reefer link
- MCS national, regional and international cooperation
- Capacity building and skill development
- Organized crime
- Uses of Law in Combating IUU
- Future of IUU Deterrence
The final session was placed last intentionally to encourage all the participants to consider what new challenges might be ahead in the fight against IUU activities.
Informal networking during the breaks between sessions also encouraged the continuation of sharing ideas, and social events and enhanced networking opportunities. These included three options for excursions on Saturday: a guided city tour of Trøndheim and the harbor with a stop on the island of Munkholmen; a speed craft trip to the
outer shorelines and meeting with representatives of the local fishing industry there; or a bus tour to the United Nations World Heritage site of Røros.
In the evenings, participants were also invited to the Trøndheim quayside to visit two fisheries patrol vessels. One, the FPV Jura of the Norway Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SPFA), was one of the newest vessels in the SPFA’s fleet and designed to accommodate the trend of the fishing industry to operate further offshore. The other, the Njord, was from the Norwegian Coastguard. The crews welcomed the visitors with tours of the vessels and explanations about the operations and uses of various pieces of equipment on board.
At the conclusion of the 2nd GFETW, participants, particularly Network members, were encouraged to identify possible future activities of the International MCS Network and the type of services and the subject matter they wanted the Network to address. Some examples cited included: technical advice and training and the generation of analytical work on trade flows, changes in vessel lists, RFMO compliance measures, cooperative agreements, discard issues and corruption and organized crime.
2nd GFETW Brochure