Tools for monitoring and surveillance in fisheries control systems: interview with Cephas Ralph

Published on Youtube May 5, 2016

Cephas Ralph is Head of Compliance for Marine Scotland and Chair of the IMCS Network (International Monitoring Control and Surveillance Network). Cephas comes from a long line of fishermen and he has been active in maritime law enforcement since he left University in 1981. He served as a coastal enforcement officer all over his home country of Scotland and rose through the ranks to take charge of Scotland’s seagoing enforcement and aerial surveillance in 1999. He was in charge of introducing the first generation of Satellite based Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) in the UK and lead work to develop risk based monitoring and targeting systems for fisheries enforcement which are now in use in many countries worldwide.

He jointly represents the UK on the Board of the European Fisheries Control Agency and he has acted as a consultant in operational evaluation for companies and governments developing new MCS tools. He gained a Masters Degree in 2004 researching and developing methodologies for enforcement targeting in the field of unreported crime. As well as Chairing IMCS Network his day job is leading Scotland’s marine compliance monitoring force on land air and sea and he is developing the organisation from purely fisheries monitoring to marine monitoring.

Cephas Ralph was interviewed during the advanced course on “Tools for monitoring and surveillance in fisheries control systems” held from 25 to 29 April 2016 in Zaragoza. This course was jointly organized by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), through the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through its Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and brought together internationally renowned speakers from several institutions and organizations to share their experiences on the most recent developments in the field of fisheries MCS including the role played by the most advanced technologies, and provided a framework for understanding and evaluating the appropriateness of these tools in an operational context.

The IAMZ-CIHEAM thanks Cephas Ralph for his help and collaboration in this video.