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.
The GFETW is a biennial or triennial conference organized by the International MCS Network to improve and enhance capacity and communications of 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 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 for food security, livelihoods and cultures of legitimate fishers and coastal communities. In addition to acute impacts on economic stability in many developing countries, IUU fishing also undermines labor standards and distorts markets for legally harvested fish. The annual economic damage from IUU fishing globally has been estimated to range between USD 10 – 23.5 billion. In the long term, unchecked IUU fishing has the potential to deplete local and, in some cases, global fish stocks to the point where those fisheries are no longer commercial viable and the conservation of individual species may be threatened.
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 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 for effective MCS: both consolidated activities that are proven to show best practice against IUU fishing and new tools and technologies that can respond to some of the most current challenges.
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 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.