Welcome to the 5th GFETW

The International MCS Network in partnership with New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is convening the Fifth Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (5th GFETW) in Auckland 7-11 March, 2016.

CCAMLR IUU Vessel Boarding Operation in New Zealand EEZ

CCAMLR IUU Vessel Boarding Operation in New Zealand EEZ
Courtesy of MPI/New Zealand Navy

The GFETW is a biennial conference organized by the International MCS Network in partnership with ministries and fisheries enforcement authorities, IGOs and NGOs to improve and enhance capacity and communications between MCS professionals from around the world.

The 5th GFETW will build on the past four Workshops, convened in Malaysia in 2005, Norway in 2008, Mozambique in 2011 and Costa Rica in 2014, which have succeeded in raising awareness of the importance of MCS as well as fostering new and stronger relationships among MCS professionals. Like its predecessors, the 5th GFETW will promote cooperation between enforcement authorities across national borders, build trust between MCS practitioners and deliver information about the latest, most effective MCS technologies, programs and strategies.

The themes of the 5th GFETW will be be “Toitu Te Moana” (“Sustaining the Life Force of the Sea”) and “Koare He Waihe Heihuna” (“No place to hide”), as explained more fully in the Prospectus. The focus of the Workshop will be on “Regional and global collective efforts in combatting IUU fishing using effective MCS management tools including enforcement powers to protect the sustainability and cultural and economic viability of all fish stocks.”

Planned Workshop topics include:

  • Case studies of International and Regional Cooperation
  • MCS Partnerships, Sponsorship and Technical Assistance, including government–nongovernment arrangements
  • Successfully-introduced Cost-effective MCS Tools
  • New MCS Technologies and Methodologies
  • MCS Capability and Capacity Building Activities
  • Case Studies of the Utilisation of MCS Tools in Indigenous Fishing Communities and Archipelago Nations
  • The 2nd Stop IUU Fishing Award contest
  • Development of an MCS IUU Risk Framework
  • FAO presentation on Instruments, Future Risks and Opportunities

The International MCS Network and the Ministry for Primary Industries are actively encouraging participants from developing and developed nations to attend the 5th GFETW.


Cook IslandsFish Market in Apia, Samoa
Vessel inspection in the Cook Islands(Courtesy of MPI)                                            Fish Market in Apia, Samoa (Courtesy of IMCS Network)



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