A proper monitoring, control and surveillance system allows states to effectively implement its fisheries management policy. Notwithstanding its importance, many states lack the required expertise in MCS matters, making it difficult to reach key fisheries management policy objectives


Key reasons to attend this course

Better understand the principles by which fisheries may be managed sustainably.
Be aware of the nature of IUU fishing, its impacts, challenges and links with other criminal activities.
Review the main aspects of Fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance systems and their application.
Identify the role of enforcement and its critical components.
Learn about the international framework of binding and non-binding instruments and mechanisms and the policy, legal and institutional frameworks which underpin efforts to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing and contribute to sustainable fisheries.
Network with professionals from other countries and share knowledge on recent trends in Fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance.


The course contents will be covered by qualified experts from FAO, MAPA-SGP and other international organizations.

Two weeks of applied training (lectures, technical visits, case studies & debate)

Leading international experts

Course in English. English and Spanish interpretation will be provided if needed.


  • 1. Welcome. Course introduction (1 hour)
  • 2. Overview of Fisheries Management (5 hours)
    • 2.1. Introduction to managing fisheries sustainably
    • 2.2. Policy, legal and institutional frameworks
    • 2.3. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
    • 2.4. Preventing, deterring and eliminating IUU fishing through the PSMA and complementary international instruments and tools
    • 2.5. Practical group work
  • 3. MCS I – Information: types, sources, uses, management (8 hours)
    • 3.1. Introduction to MCS information types
    • 3.2. Types: fisheries-dependent information (derived from the operators)
    • 3.3. Types: fisheries-independent information (derived from official sources)
    • 3.4. Introduction to MCS information sources
    • 3.5. Sources: information from operators
    • 3.6. Sources: information from official activities
    • 3.7. Sources: intelligence
    • 3.8. Uses
    • 3.9. Management
    • 3.10. Practical group work
  • 4. MCS II – Programmes/schemes (10 hours)
    • 4.1. Introduction to MCS programmes, schemes, etc.
    • 4.2. Inspection programmes and schemes
    • 4.3. Observer programmes
    • 4.4. Specific programmes
    • 4.5. Structuring of MCS policy and operational elements
    • 4.6. Planning of MCS operations (sea, shore, air)
    • 4.7. Implementation of MCS operations (sea, shore, air)
    • 4.8. Sea inspections – operations
    • 4.9. Shore inspections – operations
    • 4.10. Aerial operations
    • 4.11. Powers and authority: fisheries inspectors, observers, other officers
    • 4.12. Practical group work
  • 5. MCS III – Technology (7.5 hours)
    • 5.1. Introduction to MCS technology
    • 5.2. Fisheries Monitoring Centre (FMC)
    • 5.3. Vessel tracking and imagery tools in FMCs: radar, VMS, AIS and others
    • 5.4. Data integration, analysis and strategic application
    • 5.5. Remote electronic monitoring systems (REMs)
    • 5.6. Use of emerging technologies
    • 5.7. Introduction to MCS assets
    • 5.8. Surface MCS assets (vessels)
    • 5.9. Aerial surveillance assets
    • 5.10. Terrestrial assets
    • 5.11. Practical group work
  • 6. Enforcement (technical aspects) (6 hours)
    • 6.1. Introduction to enforcement
    • 6.2. Types of fisheries non-compliance
    • 6.3. Fisheries associated and related crimes
    • 6.4. Detection
    • 6.5. Evidence collection and evidence management
    • 6.6. Post-inspection actions
    • 6.7. Processes and sanctions
    • 6.8. Practical group work
  • 7. Overview of Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA)(1.5 hours)
    • 7.1. Introduction to PSMA
    • 7.2. Interagency coordination, cooperation and exchange of information
  • 8. Introduction to FAO fisheries information systems (5.5 hours)
    • 8.1. Global Record (GR)
    • 8.2. Global Information Exchange System (GIES)
    • 8.3. Practical group work
  • 9. MCS systems in participants’ countries (1.5 hours)
    • 9.1. Selected participants’ presentations
    • 9.2. Discussion based on the situation, perspectives and challenges in participants’ countries
  • 10. Case studies and technical visits (14.5 hours)
    • 10.1. Case 1. Control and surveillance policies: a national case study
    • 10.2. Case 2. Programmes and plans coordinated by EFCA
    • 10.3. Technical visit to the Spanish Fisheries General Secretariat (Madrid)
      • 10.3.1. Visit to the Fisheries Monitoring Centre
      • 10.3.2. The integral system of Spanish fisheries management: Computer tools at the service of surveillance and control
      • 10.3.3. Comprehensive training of fisheries inspectors
      • 10.3.4. Implementation of the PSMA in Spain (access of third country vessels to Spanish ports)
      • 10.3.5. Control of imports of fishery products, fight against illegal fishing
    • 10.4. Technical Visit to a Mediterranean Fishing Port
  • 11. Conclusions and lessons learnt (1 hour)

The course contents will be covered by well qualified experts from FAO, MAPA-SGP and other international organizations.
Train at an outstanding international institution.


The course is designed for a maximum of 25 professionals with a university degree, and is addressed to fisheries managers, competent authorities in fisheries control and monitoring, technical advisors and other specialists involved in the topic.

Knowledge of English will be valued in the selection of candidates, since it will be the working language of the course.

The course will be held at CIHEAM Zaragoza (Spain) over a period of two weeks, from 13 to 24 May 2024, in morning and afternoon sessions.

Application deadline: 11 February 2024. Deadline extended to 15 February 2024. A new application period from 1 March to 7 March at 15:00 Madrid time has been opened exclusively for Gambian candidates.

Candidates may apply online at the following address: http://www.admission.iamz.ciheam.org/en/
Applications must include the curriculum vitae and copy of the supporting documents most related to the subject of the course.
Applications from those candidates requiring authorization to attend the course may be accepted provisionally.
Registration fees for this course are free of charge.

Candidates from the FAO and CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) may apply for scholarships covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation. Preference will be given to candidates from low and medium income countries of Africa and Latin America.

Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organization, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

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