Workshop Information

The Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW) is a biannual conference organized by the International MCS Network to improve and enhance capacity and communications of MCS professional from around the world.  The fourth GFETW will build on the past three workshops which were particularly successful in building trust between MCS professionals. The previous workshops promoted cooperation between enforcement authorities across national boarders and facilitated the introduction of new monitoring technologies. The workshops, held in Malaysia, Norway and Mozambique, have raised awareness of the importance of compliance and enforcement of fishing laws.

The fourth GFETW will be hosted by the IMCS Network in partnership with the Costa Rican Ministry of Agriculture, OSPESCA, Conservation International, Marine Scotland, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts and DEFRA. MCS professionals from around the world as well as experts from related fields will convene in February 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica, in order to exchange experiences and for capacity building from featured case examples of good MCS practices. This Fourth Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop will focus on the protection of artisanal and regional fishing communities dependent on sustainable fisheries. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities may offer short term gain for a few fishermen but they cause long term damage to artisanal and regional fishing communities.

We invite participants who have expertise in matters related to fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance on a national, regional or global level. We are also soliciting papers and presentations at this time as well.

The workshop is targeted at operation level personnel. Sponsored participants are selected on the basis of their professional background, geographical representation and funding status to ensure a global perspective.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, Spanish and French.