News and articles about the 5th GFETW

Thumbnail Photo Credit: Pacific Guardians/F. Tauafiafi

Mar 31, 2016 – “Major Award Given for Innovation in Combating Illegal Fishing”

The Sea Around Us article provides background on IOC-Smartfish programme and highlights the Multi-Agency Task Team (MATT) working to prevent blast fishing, which won second place in the 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award contest. Since 2011 the government of Tanzania — in coordination with Smartfish — conducted multiple interventions along the coastline, making numerous arrests and confiscating hundreds of kilograms of explosives.

Mar 21, 2016 – “Peruvian application to combat illegal fishing receives international recognition”

Article about the “Satellite Tracking System (SISESAT) Application”, the project of Peru’s Ministerio de la Produccion that won third place in the 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award contest.

Mar 17, 2016 – EU in Tanzania: IOC wins 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award contest

EU in Tanzania spreading the word about IOC’s big wins in the 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award contest via Facebook.

Mar 14, 2016 – “It’s the “U” for Unreporting that’s killing Pacific fisheries”
By Lealaiauloto Aigaletaulealea Tauafiafi

This Pacific Guardians article notes that representatives from 16 nations participated in the 5th GFETW, many for the first time, and that the GFETW focused on important issues of cooperation and willingness to share information in order to fight against IUU fishing. Pacific States’ representatives explain that the issues they face are different from developed countries, in particular unreported fishing in its many shades (including no reporting, under-reporting and mis-reporting), which diminishes the quality and integrity of data needed to scientifically assess and manage Pacific fisheries.

Pacific contingent at 5th GFETW Thomas Tuti’i (Palau) (sitting), Justino Helgen (FSM), Feleti Tuafono (Tokelau), Launoa Gataua (Niue) and Losaline Loto’ahea (Tonga) (Credit: F. Tauafiafi)

Pacific contingent at 5th GFETW Thomas Tuti’i (Palau) (sitting), Justino Helgen (FSM), Feleti Tuafono (Tokelau), Launoa Gataua (Niue) and Losaline Loto’ahea (Tonga) (Credit: F. Tauafiafi)

March 2016 – “Fifth Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop”

Highlighting participation of Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) team in 5th GFETW and Indian Ocean Commission winning the 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award contest.

Mar 10, 2016 – “The Indian Ocean Commission wins 1st and 2nd prize in the ‘Stop IUU Fishing Awards'”

IOC Press Release announcing that two of its initiatives, its “Pilot Project on Fishing Vessel Registration and Licensing” and implementation of “Multi-Agency Task Team (MATT) and Industry Support for Blast Fishing” won first and second places, respectively, in the 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award contest.

“The judges did agree unanimously on a first place winner which reflected an innovative, ingenious and very low cost solution to one of the fundamentals of MCS Network”

Second place winner Multi-Agency Task Team (MATT), with the UN-FAO support, to address organised environmental crime including fishery crimes (Illegal Unreported and Unreported fishing and blast fishing), illegal mining, smuggling of wildlife and timber in Tanzania.

Reprinted in a few places including: http://asiapacificreport.nz/2016/03/11/indian-oceans-smartfish-wins-global-award-for-fight-against-illegal-fishing/

Mar 9, 2016 – “FIMS: It’s how PNG manages its US$1.5billion annual tuna harvest”

By Lealaiauloto Aigaletaulealea Tauafiafi

Pacific Guardians detailed summary of the presentation delivered by Brian Kumasi of Papua New Guinea’s National Fisheries Authority about “The Use of MCS Tools: The Perspective of an Archipelagic State” including PNG’s infromation management system, commonly known as “FIMS”

Mar 8, 2016 – “US Sea Scout fisheries enforcement initiative ‘call for partners’ at Auckland global summit”

By Lealaiauloto Aigaletaulealea Tauafiafi

The US Department of State is spearheading a new initiative, tentatively entitled “Sea Scout,” to strengthen and enhance efforts to detect, deter, and eliminate IUU fishing. On the first day of the 5th GFETW, Lieutenant Commander Luke Slivinski, the US Coast Guard’s Liaison to Department of State and NOAA, made an announcment inviting all countries and other organizations interested in being partners in the initiative to a side meeting later in the week.

The Pacific Guardians article highlights different MCS issues raised by Niue and Tokelau and no doubt by other countries are what the Sea Scout initiative promises to address.

Mar 8, 2016 5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop”

By “Sally”

This article provides highlights of the presentation delivered by Fish-i Africa Chair Nicholas Ntheketha, which focused on the success that FISH-i Africa has had in fighting illegal fishing in the Western Indian Ocean. The Fish-i Africa Taskforce comprises eight member States: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania. The EEZs of these countries span over 5 million square kilometers. The Taskforce resulted from 2012 meeting of southwestern Indian Ocean nations, the goal of which was to increase cooperation to fight IUU fishing. The Fish-i Africa Taskforce is a regional initiative of Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) funded by Pew Charitable Trusts and supported by technical backup from Nordenfjeldske Development Services (NFDS) and Trygg Mat Tracking.

5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop

Mar 7, 2016 – “Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop quotes”

By M. Alcide

Highlights of Session 1: including presentation by Gary Orr, Manager Compliance Operations, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand, which was entitled the “The Global Toolbox”

Mar 7, 2016 – International cooperation and personal relations key to stopping illegal fishing globally
By Lealaiauloto Aigaletaulealea Tauafiafi

Pacific Guardians article about the opening day of the 5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop, including speeches by New Zealand Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries, Martyn Dunne, and International MCS Network Chair Cephas Ralph, and the participation of a number of MCS officers from Pacific small island developing States.

Mar 7, 2016- “Customary fishing model worth sharing”

This article includes an audio clip of interview with Dean Baigent, GFETW Conference Host and former Chief Compliance, New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries.

Mar 4, 2016: “New Zealand hosts global fisheries compliance workshop”

New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries Press Release in advance of 5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop.

Reprinted in multiple places, including: Shanghai Daily