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APFIC Port inspection of fishing vessels training course

APFIC was requested by  member countries to assist in developing  regional guidance and capacity building in the implementation of  Port State Measures. As part of  this commitment, APFIC and FAO  with the   assistance of   the Department of Fisheries Thailand,  have developed a  "Port Inspection Training" course. 

The target organisations for port inspection training come from a cross-section of national agencies responsible for various aspects of enforcement. These may include staff from fisheries, customs, immigration, coast guard, police, navy, port authorities, and maritime officers.It  has been developed based on the   training  requirements for inspectors,  as detailed in  the  2009 FAO Port State Measures Agreement. 

Successful completion of workshop training will equip participants with the required knowledge and skills to meet the following objectives, specifically:

  • Relevant skills and expertise in enforcement practices and procedures, sufficient to participate in port inspections.
  • Knowledge to ensure effective port inspections and encourage compliance with relevant national and international laws.
  • Confidence to participate as part of a team in port inspections, both independently, and in concert with MCS partners.

The APFIC Port Inspection Training Course materials are available for download and can be  freely used. It is intended to act as the  starting point for  APFIC member countries and other regional organizations, to develop tailor made training courses for Port Inspections of  fishing Vessels. This course comprises ten related units designed to support the development and implementation of an effective port inspection program. The ten units and the practical inspection component are designed to be conducted over a minimum period of 4 days. Safety is a key focus of this training, especially during pre inspection briefings.


Training is envisaged to be delivered in a workshop format with:

  • Short presentations followed by discussions
  • Breakout group activities with report-backs
  • Port inspections of fishing vessels

Port inspections of fishing vessels will involve:

  • Classroom briefings and discussion
  • Dockside briefings
  • Vessel inspections
  • Completion of forms
  • Dockside debriefings

The training will give participants an understanding of:

  • Relevant international and national laws and instruments
  • MCS
  • Regional Fishery Management Organisations (RFMOs)
  • Port State Measures
  • Ethics
  • Health, safety and security issues
  • Vessel boarding and inspection
  • Hold/well calculations
  • Estimating catch-in-hold, and offload weights
  • Identifying, gathering and preserving evidence
  • Inspections, investigations, report preparation, interview techniques, and post inspection actions
  • Identification of key fish species
  • Identification of fishing vessels and fishing gear
  • Vessel electronic equipment

APFIC Training Resources

This  guide is to be read in conjunction with the Port Inspection Technical Guide and the Port Inspections Workshop Workbook that  for the   APFIC Port Inspections Traning course.  The " Port Inspections Tasks -  activities guide"  contains  background froms and   material   to assist Port Inspectors  undertake an inspection of   a  fishing  vessel.  It is the intention...
The "Port Inspection Workshop - trainers workbook" is a trainers version of the  worksbook provided to the  Port Inspection  trainees. It contains additonal notes to  assist the workshop trainer in orienting  the trainees as they undertake the the individual and group exercises  during the port Inspection training workshop. This trainers workbook should not be provided to the trainees.
This  Port Inspection Technical Guide was developed as part of the  APFIC Regional Training  course for Port Inspections. The technical guide provides the background to the course material and the owerpoint lectures, as well as the hands-on activities which  are part of the  training  course.The objectives of this technical guide are to provide a resource to...
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