Subregional Office for Central Asia (SEC)

Regional workshop on the improvement of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in Fisheries

2-4 October 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan

The primary objective of the regional workshop is to provide the participants with an overview of MCS and compliance requirements of the international fisheries instruments and provide information on the measures and tools for combating IUU fishing on global, regional and national scales. Specific objectives of the workshop include the following:    

  1. To provide information on global and regional MCS  measures for combating  IUU fishing (i.e. The International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing, and its Implementation Guidelines, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Flag State Performance measures (although this has not yet been finalized), Port State Measures Agreement, Coastal State measures, and Market State measures, Global Record of Fishing Vessels to aid in strengthening national vessel registries)
  2. To discuss the possible fisheries management tools and measures that can be used for improved MCS compliance and for combating  IUU fishing in the Central Asian region To have an overview, through presentations, on MCS, inspection, IUU fishing and enforcement-related regulatory and legislative management frameworks of the Central Asian countries and to define the related major challenges, such as operational, legislative, resource related or otherwise-having them identify what they think are some of the major challenges and listening to the others, who often list similar problems, is often helpful in relationship building.

Main target audience for the workshop will be governmental/ministerial staff working in fisheries monitoring, control, surveillance and inspection. Representatives of fishers’ organization will be invited to the workshop.

Meeting document