March 29 2012, Valparaiso, Chile


March 29 2012, Valparaiso, Chile

Today, the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network reached a number of important firsts. These decisions were taken at the Network’s business meeting in Valparaiso, Chile. They included:

  • appointed its first Executive Director,
  • adopted three new documents setting the Network’s future course of action through the Governing Framework, Strategic Plan and Workplan. There is also a Business Plan to shape the Network’s fund raising strategies,
  • elected new officers, Cephas Ralph, Chair, of Scotland, and Michele Kuruc, Vice-Chair, of FAO,
  • selected of a new nine-member Executive Committee,
  • opened the door to membership to intergovernmental organizations such as Regional Fisheries Management Organizations,
  • endorsed a new contest to encourage innovations in fighting IUU fishing with the Stop IUU Fishing Award,
  • previewed the Network’s new website,
  • discussed the 2013 Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop in Central America and
  • reported on the Network’s recent activities and financial statements.

Collectively, these changes represent the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the life of the Network and underscore it as a force for good in combating IUU Fishing.

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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.