FarFish spreading knowledge on marine management and innovation

From 9-13th March, UiT held the FarFish certificate course in Marine Management and Innovation at Campus Tromsø. 29 participants from 14 countries took part, and among the participants were students and researchers from UiT, as well as invited stakeholders and online participants.

Throughout the week, participants were educated on topics such as international ocean governance, traceability, value and supply chains, and economics – discussions were engaging and fruitful! Social activities were also on the daily agenda, where the most memorable activity was the beautiful boat trip around the Tromsø area on a small, old fishing vessel in sunshiny weather.

The course was unfortunately cut short mid-way through due to the enforcement of the COVID-19-restrictions, thus all teaching occurred online the last 1.5 days. Moreover, some participants became worried about not being able to travel home but luckily, we were able to rebook the tickets of those who wanted to travel back to their families earlier than planned. In the end, every travelling participant got home safely, including those who did not rebook.

The course evaluation revealed that the majority of the participants were very satisfied with the overall content and quality of the course despite the sudden change of circumstances. All in all, we at UiT feel the course was a great success and would like to thank all partners who contributed on its development and execution – especially those who provided lecturers and sat up external ‘classrooms’.

Lectures were recorded and uploaded to UiT’s online storage Mediasite where they will be available for five years.

29 Participants

13 students / Reseachers

9 invited participants

7 formal online participants

20 average streaming views

8 participants took the exam, all passed

 

The 3rd FarFish Annual Meeting

Last week the third annual FarFish meeting was held on June 3rd – 4th. Due to Covid-19 the meeting took place online this year. The project coordinator, Jónas R. Viðarsson from Matís, Iceland, led the meeting with 49 attending, including projects partners and the external advisory group (EAG). Despite these unusual circumstances the meeting went well and without any major technical difficulties. The project has now been running for three years, which means that there is only one year left. Some interesting results are already in, which were shared at the meeting and will be presented here on this website very soon.

FarFish initiates a CEN workshop agreement on “Good practice guidelines for developing management recommendations tailored for the EU fleet operating outside European waters”

Among the intended key products of the FarFish project are “Good practice guidelines for developing management recommendations tailored for the EU fleet operating outside European waters”. Drafts of such guidelines have already been developed, tested, improved and validated in the FarFish project. The final step in this process is to develop a CEN workshop agreement (CWA), based on the project work already conducted. CEN is the European Committee for Standardization and CWA are the lowest-level standards published under CEN. By going through this CWA process, where anyone interested in the topic can actively participate, the guidelines developed are guaranteed to follow a standardised format and follow a process where consensus is to be reached.

Those interested in taking part in the process of developing the CWA good practise guidelines can now visit the webpage of CEN and register, as well as downloading background documents.

https://www.cen.eu/news/workshops/Pages/WS-2020-006.aspx

https://www.cencenelec.eu/news/workshops/Pages/WS-2020-003.aspx

The CWA kick-off meeting will be held on June 24th, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the meeting will take place online using Zoom.

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.