Monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) practitioners and experts from around the world will convene in Auckland, New Zealand from 7–11 March 2016 for the Fifth Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (5th GFETW), organized by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in partnership with the International MCS Network.
The GFETWs are biennial conferences intended to improve and enhance capacity and communications between MCS professionals from around the world. They offer MCS practitioners a unique opportunity to discuss and resolve issues relating to their work and facilitate international cooperation between national fisheries enforcement authorities, which is essential for promoting compliance and thus sustainability of fish stocks.
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 “Kahore He Wahi 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:
The International MCS Network and MPI are actively encouraging participants from developing and developed nations to attend the 5th GFETW. The Workshop is targeted at operational level personnel. To ensure a global perspective, certain sponsored participants may be selected on the basis of their professional background, geographical representation and financial means.
The organizers of the 5th GFETW have issued a Call for Abstracts for presentations in certain thematic areas, including most of the above-listed. Nominations for presentations can be submitted in English, Spanish or French (or a combination of these), as simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these languages at the 5th GFETW.