WGFTFB24 photos

First photos published on: https://wgftfb.org/media

The best is yet to come!

Send photos to the WGFTFB chairs: chairs@wgftfb.org

 

Approved NSAC/EAPO Advice on Innovative Fishing

On the 29th of May, the NSAC/EAPO Advice on Innovative Fishing, compiled based on the discussions and results of the Symposium organized in Brussels in March, was approved by the respective Executive Committees.

Download the Advice: click here.

The advice has been submitted to the Commission and forwarded for information to the North Sea Member States and the PECH Committee.

We will keep you updated about any eventual responses or follow-ups to the submitted paper.

Draft National Reports 2024 published

To download the Draft National Reports 2024.

Anto, Noëlle, and Jon (ICES/FAO WGFTFB Chairs)

Final WGFTFB24 Book of Abstracts has been published

2024 Annual WGFTFB meeting in Canada (3-7 June 2024)

We are excited to share the Book of Abstracts.

Presenting, events, and demonstrations will be in-person only.

We look forward to seeing you in St. John’s!

Paul Winger and the group at the Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada will be our hosts (https://youtu.be/GL6zFpDKKa4).

The current Chairs (Noëlle, Anto, and Jon)

Final WGFTFB24 Agenda has been published

2024 Annual WGFTFB meeting in Canada (3-7 June 2024)

We are excited to share the Final Agenda of the WGFTFB24.

Presenting, events, and demonstrations will be in-person only.

We look forward to seeing you in St. John’s!

Paul Winger and the group at the Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada will be our hosts (https://youtu.be/GL6zFpDKKa4).

The current Chairs (Noëlle, Anto, and Jon)

Report of the 2023 Symposium on Innovations in Fishing Technologies for Sustainable and Resilient Fisheries

The FAO Publication: “ICES/FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour – Report of the 2023 Symposium on Innovations in Fishing Technologies for Sustainable and Resilient Fisheries, 13-17 February 2023, Kochi, India” has been published online.

– Job Number: CD0312EN

– Language: English

– Product Type: Book (series)

– DOI: https://doi.org/10.4060/cd0312en

– Online Publication Date: 22/Apr/2024

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The 2023 annual meeting of the ICES-FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour (WGFTFB) and the International Symposium on “Innovations in Fishing Technologies for Sustainable and Resilient Fisheries” was held from 13 to 17 February 2023 in Kochi, India. The symposium was hosted by FAO in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, Government of India, organized by the Bay of Bengal Programme Intergovernmental Organisation (BOBP-IGO) and National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Fisheries Institutes and State Fisheries Universities. The symposium brought together 325 participants comprising of scientists, researchers, officials, policymakers, diplomats, industry, entrepreneurs, and students from 32 countries both online and offline delivering a total of 137 presentations providing a platform for discussions on the challenges facing world fisheries including depleted fish stocks, habitat destruction, pollution, climate change, fish loss and wastage bycatch, and ghost fishing.

This report summarizes the symposium on “Innovations in Fishing Technologies for Sustainable and Resilient Fisheries” which comprised of eight thematic sessions: (i) active gears (ii) passive gears (iii)indicators (iv) abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) (v) survival/behaviour/physiology (vi) energy efficiency (vii) general topics and (viii) gear design.

Cite this content as:

FAO, 2024. ICES–FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour. Report of the 2023 Symposium on innovations in fishing technologies for sustainable and resilient fisheries, 13-17 February 2023, Kochi, India. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report, No. 1432. Rome, (https://doi.org/10.4060/cd0312en), 146 pp.

Report of the Workshop on Assessing the Impact of Fishing on Oceanic Carbon (WKFISHCARBON)

Dear all,

The 2023 Report of the Workshop on Assessing the Impact of Fishing on Oceanic Carbon (WKFISHCARBON; outputs from 2023 meeting) is now available on the ICES online library.

The citation for this report is:

ICES, 2024. Workshop on Assessing the Impact of Fishing on Oceanic Carbon (WKFISHCARBON; outputs from 2023 meeting). ICES Scientific Reports. 6:12. 63 pp. https://doi.org/10.17895/ices.pub.24949122

Social science methods for natural scientists

From 31 Jan to 2 Feb the ICES training on social science for natural scientists will be held in The Hague. We thought this may be of interest to gear technologists, many of whom work with/interview fishers and increasingly with social scientists and/or find themselves involved in societal discussions about gear/net innovation with multiple stakeholders.

31 January – 2 February 2024
Den Haag, the Netherlands

​​​​​Research projects are increasingly interdisciplinary enterprises often with a strong emphasis on stakeholder participation and engagement. As a result natural scientists are being called upon to engage with a broader set of scientific and societal stakeholders and operate in new and challenging environments. In this changing professional context, gaining appropriate research skills is becoming a necessity. What this means in practice is finding new ways to collaborate, communicate, and engage with stakeholders (in our case fishers), managers and policy makers to broaden the knowledge base and increase the policy relevance of our work. As a result there is a need for targeted training in social science research methods for natural scientists.By way of professional introduction to the topic, this course will provide ‘hands on’ guidance on the basics required to navigate this challenging landscape. Employing a participant-led ‘learning by doing’ approach the facilitators will guide the participants step by step through the basics of social science methods such as interviewing, participant observation, mapping etc., in a supportive and interactive process designed to develop confidence and capacities.Background to the topic such as how social scientists understand and study the world, and the underpinning social science theory will also be discussed where appropriate. The course is designed to be challenging, flexible and fun ,and includes fieldwork in a fishing port.​

​Objective

Through gaining new skills, participants will be better able to work effectively with stakeholders in (cooperative) research projects, as well as having a better appreciation of the strengths and application of the social sciences in fisheries research.

Level

It is assumed that scientists have a natural science background, have or will have experience with working in cooperative research projects, working with stakeholders or are otherwise interested in learning more about social science methods in fisheries science. No knowledge of social science is required.

Course​ instructors

Marloes Kraan, Wageningen Economic Research, the Netherlands​

Nathalie Steins, Wageningen Marine Research, the Netherlands​

Fees

450 Euros (for ICES member country affiliated participants​)
750 Euros (for non-member country affiliated participants)

Information on the training and how to register

https://www.ices.dk/events/Training/Pages/social_science_2024.aspx

Reflections by natural scientists who attended the previous training

https://www.ices.dk/news-and-events/news-archive/news/Pages/Narrowing-the-gap—ICES-course-to-tutor-natural-scientists-in-social-science-skills.aspx

Fishing gear recycling technologies and practices

A new FAO-IMO report calls for systemic approaches to fishing gear recycling: building it into design and manufacturing through to end-of-life management.

Cite this content as:

Sala, A., Richardson, K., 2023. Fishing gear recycling technologies and practices. Rome, FAO and IMO, 120 pp. https://doi.org/10.4060/cc8317en.

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FAO-SEAFDEC publication

FAO-SEAFDEC publication: Assessment of the sustainability of fishing technologies and operations in Thailand: Options for innovation

I am pleased to share with you a new publication on “Assessment of the sustainability of fishing technologies and operations in Thailand: Options for innovation” which has been made available online. The publication is a result of joint work with SEAFDEC under the Multidisciplinary Fund (MDF) project on “Financing innovation for sustainable fisheries with the private sector”.

Please access this publication here: https://doi.org/10.4060/cc8501en

Cite the publication as follows:

Arnupapboon, S., Saikliang, P., Suasi, T., Tiaye, R., Thimkhrap, T., Manomayithikan, K., Manajit, N., Yasuk, N., Putsa, S. and Van Anrooy, R. 2023. Assessment of the sustainability of fishing technologies and operations in Thailand: Options for innovation. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular, No. 1263. FAO, Rome. https://doi.org/10.4060/cc8501en

Please assist us to disseminate this circular widely, to promote innovation in fishing vessels, gears and fishing operations in Thailand and elsewhere in Asia.

With warm regards

Raymon van Anrooy (PhD)

Senior Fishery Officer/ Team leader

Fishing technology and operations team (NFIFO)

Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI)