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.

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

Leading international experts

Course in English, with simultaneous interpretation into French and Spanish.


  • 1. Introduction (2 hours)
    • 1.1. Course opening
    • 1.2. Context, objectives, expected outcomes, and assessments
    • 1.3. Introductions and round table
  • 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
  • 3. MCS I – Information: Types, Sources, Uses, Management (9 hours)
    • 3.1. Introduction to MCS
    • 3.2. Introduction to MCS information types
    • 3.3. Types: Fisheries dependent information (Derived from the operators)
    • 3.4. Types: Fisheries independent information (Derived from official sources)
    • 3.5. Introduction to MCS information sources
    • 3.6. Sources: Information from operators
    • 3.7. Sources: Information from official activities
    • 3.8. Sources: Intelligence
    • 3.9. Uses
    • 3.10. Management
  • 4. MCS II – Programmes/Schemes (13 hours)
    • 4.1. Introduction to MCS
    • 4.2. Introduction to MCS programmes, schemes, etc.
    • 4.3. Inspection programmes and schemes
    • 4.4. Observer programmes
    • 4.5. Specific programmes
    • 4.6. Structuring of MCS policy and operational elements
    • 4.7. Planning of MCS operations (Sea, Shore, Air)
    • 4.8. Implementation of MCS operations (Sea, Shore, Air)
    • 4.9. Sea Inspections – Operations
    • 4.10. Shore Inspections – Operations
    • 4.11. Aerial operations
    • 4.12. Powers and Authority: Fisheries inspectors, observers, other officers
  • 5. MCS III – Technology (14 hours)
    • 5.1. Introduction to MCS
    • 5.2. Introduction to MCS technology
    • 5.3. Fisheries Monitoring Centre (FMC)
    • 5.4. Vessel tracking and imagery tools in FMCs: Radar, VMS, AIS, other satellite tools
    • 5.5. Data Integration, analysis and strategic application
    • 5.6. Remote Electronic Monitoring Systems (REMs)
    • 5.7. Use of emerging technologies
    • 5.8. Introduction to MCS assets
    • 5.9. Surface MCS assets (vessels)
    • 5.10. Aerial surveillance assets
    • 5.11. Terrestrial assets
    • 5.12. Field Excursion (Fisheries Monitoring Centre and Coast Guard Operations Centre)
  • 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 handling
    • 6.6. Post-inspection actions
  • 7. Overview of Port State Measures Agreement (3 hours)
    • 7.1. Introduction to the Port State Measures Agreement
    • 7.2. Interagency coordination, cooperation and exchange of information
  • 8. Case studies (6 hours)
    • 8.1. Fisheries Management: The EU experience
    • 8.2. The Spanish Fisheries Information System (SIPE)
    • 8.3. Programmes and plans coordinated by EFCA
    • 8.4. Joint deployment plans in NEAFC scheme
  • 9. Technical visits
    • 9.1. Visit to the Fisheries Monitoring Centre of the Spanish Fisheries General Secretariat (Madrid)
    • 9.2. Visit to a major fishing port

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


If you wish to participate in the course, apply online at the following address: www.admission.iamz.ciheam.org

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.

The working language of the course will be English. Given the diverse nationalities of the lecturers and participantes, the organization will provide interpretation to French and Spanish

The course will be held at CIHEAM Zaragoza (Spain) over a period of two weeks, from 27 June to 8 July 2022, in morning and afternoon sessions.

Application deadline: 20 May 2022. (Application deadline is now extended to 28 May)

All participants will be exempt from the payment of registration fees.
Candidates from FAO Members 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. Scholarhips may be requested during the registration process.
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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