The depletion of significant fish stocks in the 1980s and 1990s made it imperative for governments to achieve greater control over their fishing activities. The international legal framework on this matter safeguards the conservation of marine resources and promotes sustainable fisheries, whilst assisting in efforts to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
A proper fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) system allows states to implement their fisheries management policies effectively. Notwithstanding its importance, many states lack the required expertise in MCS matters, making it difficult to reach key fisheries management policy objectives.
In this context, CIHEAM Zaragoza and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), organise this competency-based course to provide participants with a sound knowledge of fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance, both in theory and practice.
The two-week course fosters a collaborative learning environment and encourage participants to share the situation, perspectives and challenges of MCS in their countries. The programme also includes case studies and technical visits.