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.

FarFish at the Workshop on Science and Industry Initiatives

From the 24-26, June, the FarFish project, represented by Sonia Doblado from the Long Distance Advisory Council (LDAC), attended the Workshop on Science and Industry Initiatives (WKSCINDI), organised by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) at their headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting was attended by 50 participants from several countries from a variety of backgrounds, including fishermen, operators, technologists, scientists and NGOs. The aim of the workshop was to provide ICES with an up to date overview on the roles that industry can play in delivering scientific information relevant to ICES advice and marine research. A roadmap was produced for measurable steps toward the inclusion and application of scientific data from industry.

An overview of the ICES work, the actual situation of the science-industry collaboration and the path that led to this workshop was given by the two co-Chairs of the workshop, Jon Elson (Cefas) and Steven Mackinson (SPFA). Special mention was made to the fact that the workshop filled the room and they have to turn applicants away, and that there was a lot of new participants in attendance. These are signs of the willingness to collaborate that exists in the fisheries community.

During the workshop, several stakeholders presented projects made possible through science-industry collaboration. The most commented were projects involved self-sampling and observer schemes, such as the Herring lottery sampling  presented by Håkon Otterå (Institute of Marine Research, Norway), the Joint Science-Industry Observer scheme (Kenny Coull, NWWAC), the industry-science partnership to the 2018 North West Atlantic Mackerel Population Assessment (Meghan Lapp, Seafreeze Ltd.) and the PFA self-sampling program (Martin Pastoors).

From the first discussion exercise, it was already agreed by the participants that the main things necessary for the inclusion and application of scientific data from industry in ICES work were:

-Standardization of data protocols (for both data collection and data management). These protocols have to be very carefully planned and designed, and industry representatives should be able to have a say.

-Constant communication: that includes feedback to the industry, and the fact that feedback should be made as soon as possible, without having to wait for official reports.  This communication could be helped by having national focal points dedicated to science-industry collaboration. It is important to note that policy makers should be included in the loop.

-Incentives. The industry is willing to collaborate, but data collection costs time and money. Incentives can be economic, but can also include the opportunity to improve the management of the fisheries of interest.

-The industry has the willingness and the capacity to collaborate to gather more and better data. It is crucial to define how can that information get into the scientific system.

-Data does not relate only to catch data (length, weight, age). The industry can gather much more, such as acoustic and oceanographic data. Scientists should create a clear strategy on how and what to collect, and on how that data is going to be used. That includes data ownership and the GDPR.

The knowledge and experiences shared in this workshop will help the FarFish project to effectively develop a self-sampling protocol as part of Work Packages 2 and 4, with the collaboration of operators and crew through the entire process (from protocol design to sampling). The protocol aims to find a cost-effective way of identifying two species of black hake (M. polli and M. senegalensis) in Mauritanian waters. It is proposed to use fin-clipping as a self-sampling method, and the molecular analysis results will then be compared with the visual identification that the crew carry out. Learn more about this aspect of the project in FarFish Deliverable 2.4.

The second annual FarFish meeting held in Las Palmas

Last week the second annual FarFish meeting took place in Las Palmas, June 10th – 13th. The project coordinator, Jónas R. Viðarsson from Matís, Iceland, led the meeting. The meeting was a perfect opportunity for partners and stakeholders to meet and review the project objectives and the work plan. This four year project is now beginning it’s second half and we have seen very good progress so far.

New FarFish course launched

A new programme in Marine Management and Innovation has now been launched and is available here. The programme was developed and provided by the FarFish project. This  course is 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 be run in March 2020 in Tromsø (Norway), with parallel streamed sessions in Vigo (Spain), Reykjavik (Iceland) and TBA (Sri Lanka).

If you would like to attend the course in any of the locations, please follow this link.

The course links are also accessible on this FarFish website, under Outcomes and then Courses.

Please note that you can apply for funding to attend to the course in Tromsø.

Photo (from left): Alex Rodriguez (LDAC), Michaela Aschan (UiT), Petter Olsen (Nofima) and Ingrid Kvalvik (Nofima).