The launch of the first-ever Stop IUU Fishing Award contest was a success and resulted in many different types of entries from a broad geographic range. The judging panel has evaluated the entries and winners have been selected. The winners were featured at the 4th GFETW in February where they shared their innovative ideas with MCS practitioners.
The International MCS Network will launch the 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award Contest soon! Check out www.imcsnet.org for updates.
Stop IUU Fishing Award Winners:
First Place – Timor-Leste’s Community Based IUU Reporting System
Second Place – Environmental Justice Foundation, Sierra Leone Initiative
Third Place – Stop Illegal Fishing Initiative
About the Stop IUU Fishing Award Contest
Fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) is a discipline where innovation and ingenuity are highly valued. Finding ways to outsmart the illegal actors is crucial. Those who break the rules are endlessly adept at finding ways around the law and authorities are challenged to stay ahead of the lawbreakers. Many good ideas to combat IUU fishing are being put into action but often the MCS community and those who want to encourage compliance simply are not aware of some of the newest and most effective approaches for detecting illegal activities successfully. In 2011, at the Committee on Fisheries meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) it was recognized that,“development and implementation of appropriate tools and approaches remain vital”. That is what this competition seeks to encourage, recognition of appropriate MCS innovations that could help in the fight against IUU fishing.
Submissions related to any monitoring, control and surveillance practice for fisheries-related activities making, or with the potential to make a substantial contribution to combat IUU fishing were excepted for the contest. This includes: a technology, tool, method, process, or practice that provides and effective response in addressing IUU fishing and which demonstrates innovation, success and tangible impact.
In particular the contest aims to:
- Identify and learn how selected MCS practices can strengthen successful ways to fight IUU fishing globally
- Promote new venue for knowledge exchange and provide winners with visibility and support to expand their work
- Explore potential for replication of selected MCS practices across fishing communities/regions/nations, facilitating the implementation of pilot projects
Entries will be evaluated by an international panel of judges composed of leading experts from the MCS field and judged based on the following selection criteria:
- Success: tangible impact in reducing IUU fishing.
- Innovation: creative solutions to combating IUU activities.
- Feasibility and cost: practical and able to be replicated and/or adapted by others. Assessing the costs, taking into account location and ultimate benefits.