The International MCS Network in partnership with Thailand’s Department of Fisheries is convening the 6th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop in Bangkok, 18-22 February 2019.
Please find the Program for the 6th GFETW here.
The theme for the 6th GFETW is: ‘CLOSING THE NET: Global cooperation between flag, coastal, port and market States for effective enforcement of international and domestic law.’
The GFETW is a biennial conference organized by the International MCS Network to improve and enhance capacity to enforce fisheries legislation and exchange of information and experience between MCS practitioners around the world. Sustainable fisheries can only be achieved when fishing is pursued in compliance with the applicable rules and, therefore, all fishing activities in the world’s oceans and seas should be subject to adequate levels of monitoring, surveillance, inspection and enforcement.
For decades, globalization, modern technologies and demand for fishery products have placed increasing pressure on global marine living resources. Efforts to sustainably manage existing fish stocks are continuously undermined by enterprises engaged in IUU fishing. The pervasive trend of IUU fishing carries negative consequences not only for legal operators but also for the livelihoods and cultures of coastal communities dependent on fisheries and for food security. Furthermore, IUU fishing may be associated with other crimes undermining for example international labor standards.
The annual costs derived from IUU fishing activities globally has been estimated to range between USD 10 – 23.5 billion. IUU fishing undermines sustainable exploitation of fish stocks, in some cases, to the point where stocks are depleted, the ecosystem is irreversibly damaged and conservation of some species threatened. The International MCS Network supports efforts to build a culture of compliance among stakeholders and a level playing field for operators to the effect that only sustainably harvested and legal fish and fisheries products reach the consumer.
The 6th GFETW will build on the past five Workshops, convened in Malaysia in 2005, Norway in 2008, Mozambique in 2011 and Costa Rica in 2014, and New Zealand in 2016, which have succeeded in raising awareness of the importance of MCS as well as fostering new and stronger relationships among MCS professionals. The 6th GFETW will address initiatives that foster international cooperation between flag, coastal, port and market States for effective enforcement of fisheries legislation, covering both consolidated activities that are proven to show best practice in combatting IUU fishing as well as new MCS tools and technologies that can respond to some of the main outstanding challenges.
The 6th GFETW is convened back-to-back with the Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies (SAFET) Conference, organized by WWF from 13-16 February 2019 in the same venue as the GFETW.