Seychelles SFPA in numbers

 

In this picture designed by the FarFish team the new SFPA (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement) is explained in numbers and compared to the old SFPA.

Diploma program in marine management and innovation at the University of Tromsø

Last week the FarFish project offered a university level certificate program in marine management and innovation at the University of Tromsø. The program consisted of short modules taught by FarFish institutions and were designed to further educate fish business operators and EU fleet representatives in particular.

Two main topics have been selected for the focus of the programme: laws and regulations, and value chain analysis. The sessions were streamed in parallel in Vigo, Spain, and Reykjavik, Iceland. UiT – The Arctic University of Norway is responsible for coordination and administration of the programme.

The aim is to educate at least 5 students to graduation in 2020, and to provide an open access and adaptable on-line course for at least five years after the project ends. For the course launch in March 2020 students are required to travel to Tromsø in order to participate.

All the presentations are available here.

Sustainable Tuna Fisheries in Seychelles

A meeting was held this week with FarFish partners in Victoria, Seychelles. The meeting was well attended by Case Study Leaders from the Seychelles Fishing Authority as well as tuna industry representatives and SFA staff. The FarFish work package leader on capacity development and dissemination and partners from the Long Distance Advisory Council and ICMAN-CSIC gave presentations about the progress of the FarFish project and next steps for cooperation.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to present, review, and discuss what has already been accomplished within the first stage of the Seychelles Case Study. The objectives of the Management Recommendations for Seychelles falls into two main themes related to sustainable tuna fisheries; namely, to improve data collection and to enhance monitoring, control and surveillance tools.

WP7 Leader Mary Frances Davidson and Deputy Director of the UNESCO-Fisheries Training Programme presented the status of the FarFish project so far with a focus on the Seychelles Case Study and reviewed some of the next steps for cooperation. Alexandre Rodriguez, Executive Secretary of the LDAC then presented the results from the first round of Management Recommendations, Outcome Targets, and Roadmap for 2020 and 2021 produced through the FarFish audit. Dr. Margarita Rincon of ICMAN-CSIC then demonstrated the Data Limited Methods Tool and the FarFish Database and described the various ways it can be used in situations where fisheries data may be scarce in the Indian Ocean.

The meeting concluded with a description of the capacity building opportunities available to SFA through the project, including participation in the advanced post-graduate training programme offered through UNESCO-FTP, a short course on Data Limited Methods which will take place in Mindelo, Cabo Verde in April, and the Tutor Web/Education in a Suitcase course, to be delivered in Seychelles later this year.

FarFish workshop meeting in Marrakesh

A FarFish meeting was held in Marrakesh last week, and it took place over three days, from the 19th to the 21st of November. A total of 25 partner representatives were at the meeting, FarFish Managers, WP leaders and Case study leaders, and the team made very good progress during this week. Special focus during the meeting was on priorities and available data from the case studies.

FarFish partners in Nouadibou, Mauritania

A meeting with FarFish partners was held in early October in Nouadibou, Mauritania. The meeting was attended by FarFish Case Study representatives from IMROP, the FarFish project coordinator, work package leader on capacity development and dissemination, and the director of the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss the availability of data for use in the FarFish project, as well as capacity building opportunities available to IMROP.

The work undertaken at the meeting builds upon the training needs assessment efforts carried out through Work Package 7, as well as efforts throughout the project to gather and analyse data from the case study areas.

 

FarFish partners meeting in Senegal

A meeting was held this week with FarFish partners in Dakar, Senegal. The meeting was attended by Case Study representatives from ISRA/CRODT and COREWAM, a representative from the Ministry for Fisheries in Senegal, and representatives from two local fisheries organisations. The FarFish project coordinator, work package leader on capacity development and dissemination, and the director of the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme were also in attendance.
The primary purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss the availability of data for use in the FarFish project, as well as capacity building opportunities available to CRODT.
The work undertaken at the meeting builds upon the training needs assessment efforts carried out through Work Package 7, as well as efforts throughout the project to gather and analyse data from the case study areas.

CETMAR and LDAC organize a workshop on the sustainability of high sea fisheries within the framework of the European FarFish project

Fisheries sustainability within the high seas is part of the United Nations development goals. Considering that high seas does extend in two thirds parts of the oceans, the progress to facilitate an efficient fishery management is a priority for the international community.

“Bringing fisheries sustainability into the High Seas: The case of the Atlantic South West (FAO41)” is the title of the workshop that the Centro Tecnológico del Mar and the Long Distance Advisory Council (LDAC) organize next Wednesday, September 18th, at the General Secretariat of Fisheries headquarters in Madrid.

The aim of the workshop is to explore the priorities and challenges for a sustainable fisheries management within those areas beyond South-West National Jurisdiction.

The workshop will bring together international experts from the fishing industry, science and administration, highlighting the representation of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and FAO who will address issues such as international cooperation, Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VME), and best practices to strengthen sustainability, among other topics.

The conference is jointly organized by CETMAR and LDAC within the framework of the European FarFish project, which both are partners. Funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, the FarFish consortium has been working for two years to improve fisheries knowledge and management in non-European waters, helping to increase the sustainability and profitability of European fishermen.

Led by MATIS, FarFish also involves, in addition to the CETMAR Foundation, ANFACO – CECOPESCA, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Centre de Recherches Océanographiques de Dakar-Thiaroye (CRODT), Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvemento das Pescas de Cabo Verde (INDP), Organización de Productores de Pesca Fresca del Puerto y Ría de Marín (OPROMAR), Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR), The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (Nofima), Syntesa Ltd. (SME), Shuttle Thread Limited (STL), University of Portsmouth (UP), The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) and Institute of Marine Research (IMR).

The agenda for the worskshop can be found here.

EU and Mauritania extend sustainable fisheries partnership

The EU and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania have agreed to extend for up to one year the protocol governing the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement which was due to expire in November 2019, as stated on worldfishing.net yesterday.

The two parties also agreed on an exceptional procedure to tackle potential border blockages during the export transportation of fresh fish caught in Mauritanian waters.

The extension will enter into force when the legislative procedures for its conclusion have been completed.

Read the whole article here.

Marine Management and Innovation – Open for enrolment

FarFish is launching a course called “Marine Management and Innovation” next year running from March 9th – 13th aimed especially at fish business operators and EU fleet representatives who want to learn more on two main topics: Laws and regulations and Value Chains. The course will take place in Tromsø, Norway, with sessions streamed in parallel in Vigo (Spain), Reykjavik (Iceland) and TBA (Sri Lanka).

The enrolment deadline is on the 15th October 2019.

The course program can be found here and the link to enrolment can be found here.

FarFish visit to Casa África

FarFish held its second annual meeting last June in Las Palmas, where all 21 project partners were represented. This meeting represented the half-way point of the project and was as such the perfect venue for reviewing progress and planning for the „second half“. A number of stakeholders from the project’s Reference Group, as well as members of the project’s External Expert Advisor Group did also attend the meeting, giving valuable input. Further information on the meeting and video recordings from the meeting are available at the FarFish FB account.

During the annual meeting, the FarFish consortium was invited to Casa África. Casa África works with the aim of promoting good understanding and trust between Spain and Africa, and strengthening Hispano-African relations through dissemination, educational and cultural activities. Casa África acts as part of the strategy for Brand Spain making known the opportunities that the African continent offers Spanish professionals, companies and investors. To fulfil this mission, Casa África supports internationalisation, mainly in the political-strategic area, of Spanish companies who already act or are interested in acting in Africa, and strengthens the collaboration between public and private agents.

Mr José Segura Clavell, Director General of Casa África, was the host during the FarFish visit and he gave good insights into the operation of Casa África. He gave an overview of the importance of Casa África in building a bridge between Africa and the EU, where both parties benefit from cooperation and collaboration in different arenas; but particular focus of Casa África is though on cultural activities, education and facilitation of economic activities between Africa and Spain.

Mr José Segura Clavell and other Casa África representatives showed great interest in the FarFish project, as it partly addresses issues relevant for Casa África. They expressed their intention to follow the project and disseminate information on it when relevant.

The FarFish project thanks Casa África and Mr José Segura Clavell for inviting us for a visit and being such wonderful hosts.