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The IMCS Network and TMT have launched the MCS Practitioners Introductory Guide to Trawl Fishing

The Guide is available in English, Español, Français
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The MCS Practitioners Introductory Guide to Trawl Fishing is a training resource that has been developed to build knowledge on the fisheries operations and compliance risks associated with trawl fishing for all agencies that may play an operational role in fisheries monitoring control and surveillance (MCS). The Guide may also provide a useful resource for broader interested stakeholders.

While the Guide is a stand-alone resource, it has been developed as part of the series of MCS Practitioners Introductory Guides. The series covers the major industrial fishing gears and vessel types and they are designed to support government and non-government personnel training in fishing vessel recognition, identification of fishing gear types, and MCS considerations.

Today’s industrial fishing methods, particularly those utilised in distant water fisheries, are highly complex and the Guides seek to provide information on the type of gear used, fishing activity characteristics, catch storage, and vessel track monitoring. Many of the vessels operating in these fisheries are active in countries where the government agencies responsible for fisheries MCS and compliance have limited opportunity to become familiar with these operations, and the associated compliance and fisheries management risks.

“We’re very happy to launch the latest of our training guides focussed on trawl fishing, as vessels operating these gears can present some particular MCS and broader fisheries management challenges. As there are many types of trawling, this guide is also the most complex to date, and hopefully can serve as an important learning tool for MCS officers all over the world”. 

Duncan Copeland, Executive Director, TMT.

The IMCS Network is pleased to release the latest MCS Practitioner Guide with our partner TMT. The latest Guide compliments a valuable series that seeks to strengthen national and regional capacity to undertake MCS and compliance action. The development and success of the series represents a focused collaborative effort between our two organisations and highlights the importance of working together to develop resources that provide meaningful support for our global fisheries MCS, compliance and enforcement community”. 

Mark Young, Executive Director, IMCS Network

The full series of MCS Practitioners Introductory Guides are available for download:




To print high resolution copies, please contact to request the print file.

TMT and the IMCS Network strongly encourage the use, reproduction, and dissemination of these guides. Material may be copied, downloaded, and printed for private study, research, and teaching purposes, or for use in non-commercial products or services, provided that appropriate acknowledgement of TMT and the IMCS Network as the source and copyright holder is given.

TMT is a Norwegian non-profit organisation that provides national fisheries authorities and international organisations with fisheries intelligence, analysis, and capacity building, targeting a reduction of illegal fishing and broader improvements in ocean governance.

The IMCS Network is an informal, voluntary organization that was established to promote and facilitate communication, cooperation, coordination, and capacity development across the fisheries MCS, compliance and enforcement community. The IMCS Network supports 80 members from national, regional and international fisheries agencies and organisations. The Network also works nine observers and a range of partners from IGOs, NGOs and academic institutions that support the objective of the Network and that play a key role in strengthening and enhancing responses to IUU fishing.

Both the IMCS Network and TMT are founding members of the Joint Analytical Cell, or JAC, which provides authorities with fisheries intelligence, data analysis and capacity building to help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. 

Founded in 2022 by the IMCS Network, Global Fishing Watch and TMT, the initiative’s members also include C4ADS and Skylight. 

By harnessing innovative technology and the complementary expertise of its collaborating organizations, the JAC fosters cooperation among State and non-State actors to build insights and capacity to help enhance fisheries management.

Find out more here.

Published 30 Oct 2023