7th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop

By Stop Illegal Fishing:26th Jul, 2022:

July 30th to August 4th, 2023

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The 7th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW) will meet in person in Halifax, Nova Scotia thanks to their partnership with hosts Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

After two postponements due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the IMCS Network is more excited than ever to reconvene in person to discuss the challenges of fighting IUU fishing, share our collective MCS experiences, and advance our fellowship with one another. The theme for the 2023 workshop is

“MOVING FROM WORDS TO ACTION” Innovative Collaborative Partnerships to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.”

Workshops and panels will be cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary to support experts with diverse backgrounds in capacity building. The event is primarily intended for relevant MCS organizations and entities, including but not limited to: state departments and ministries of fisheries, regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs), regional fisheries bodies (RFBs), and regional economic institutions. However all organizations involved in fisheries MCS will be considered for participation.

Attendees must be vetted to confirm their relationship with state departments and ministries of fisheries, regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs), regional fisheries bodies (RFBs), regional economic institutions, or other relevant MCS organizations or entities. Please submit the information required in the Registration Form in order to be considered for participation. If you are selected to participate, you will be notified within 10 days to confirm your opportunity to register.

Note that participation fees are $400, but those who register as an early bird by December 31, 2022 will receive a 50% discount and pay only $200 . While PRE-registration is FREE, and this form can be submitted without payment, those approved to attend will be sent a link to PayPal to submit conference fees. Spots are limited, and only those who have paid will be guaranteed participation.

MCS practitioners from developing countries may qualify for full sponsorship. There are a limited number of travel fellowships in the form of full fee waivers and partial hotel discounts, however we encourage early registration as funds are limited. Be sure to request sponsorship when submitting your application to be considered for delegate status.

The GFETW is the only international conference designed specifically for global MCS practitioners. The GFETW offers a forum for the exchange of information, sharing of experiences on the challenges facing compliance officers, and exposure to new and emerging MCS tactics and techniques and fisheries law enforcement “best practices.”

PRE-registration portal for the 7th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW).

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