First Call for abstracts to ICES/FAO WGFTFB23

The International ICES/FAO WG on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour (WGFTFB) taking place 13-17 February 2023 (Kochi, India) will be the first physical meeting since 2019, and as such will be an important event for relaunching the groups primary function of exchanging important research findings, innovations and building of dynamic new networks and collaborations.

Call for Abstract(s)

Oral and poster presentations are the main mechanism for the exchange of information.  This mail serves as a first call for abstract submissions. We invite proposals for two types of presentations:
1. Oral Presentations (formal presentations and slides) (*)
2. Poster Presentations

(*) if time slots for presentations are limited, some abstracts for oral presentation may be accepted for poster presentation.

Topic Areas.

There is no limitation to the topic of your abstract – apart from relevance for WGFTFB. Topics could include for example:

– research related to fishing gears

– modelling approaches

– implementation and implications for fisheries management

– behaviour of animals related to the catch process

– new ideas and projects

– technical solutions to help investigations

– technical issues that need addressing

Proposal Submission

Interested presenters should submit an abstract using the form:, summarising the proposed presentation and indicating to which (if any) Topic Group the abstract relates to. Submissions will be judged on relevance to the working group themes, clarity of thought, data/documented results, fit within the meeting program and other criteria.

NOTE: The deadline for abstract submission is 12th December 2022.

Meeting Registration

All presenters are required to register online at:

Registration is free of charge for WGFTFB members (Regular and Chair-invited members).

For more details on online registration, abstract submission, accommodation, flight, and venue, please visit our website

Important dates
12th December 2022. Deadline for Abstract Submission
12th January 2023. Notification of Acceptance

13th January 2023: Meeting registration deadline

6th February 2023. Deadline for National Report Submission
13-17 February 2023. WGFTFB23 Meeting Dates.

We look forward to see you at the WGFTFB23 meeting.
Antonello, Daniel, and Jon (WGFTFB Chairs)




Underwater footages in bottom trawling

I am involved in a project focused on understanding, through underwater footage in bottom trawling, the efficacy of selection grids and gaining basic information on the behaviour of fish/shrimps towards them. Hauls will be performed at depths ranging from 100 to 200 m.

In my institute, we have always worked with GoPros and deepwater housings associated with lights (see the images attached), but sometimes, especially in dark and/or high turbidity environment, the footages are not usable.

Do you have any alternative or advice on the best solution to obtain useful footages during trawl hauls to monitor escapees from selection devices and some behaviour information?

We use these devices on commercial vessels, so we need easy-handling equipment.
Best regards,
Andrea Petetta, CNR IRBIM

REGISTRATION OPEN: ICES-FAO WGFTFB23 Meeting Location and Dates – Kochi, India 13-17 Feb 2023

The WGFTFB23 Registration is now open!

Please register as early as possible to facilitate meeting planning: or

Please note registrations can be changed/canceled at later dates if necessary. At this stage, we need an estimate of potential numbers.


SAVE THE DATE: ICES-FAO WGFTFB23 (Cochin, India, 13-17 Feb 2023)

During the recent FAO Committee on Fisheries meeting (COFI35), interest in co-hosting WGFTFB23 was communicated by the government of India and today we are now able to confirm this.

The agreed WGFTFB23 dates and location are as follows:

  • dates 13-17 February 2023
  • location, Cochin, India

The meeting is being planned as being primarily a physical one. 

If necessary, online participation will also be considered and confirmed at a later date.

Please block your calendars and initiate necessary travel requests. An information note with confirmed venue details, accommodation recommendations and visa requirements will follow ASAP.  In the following weeks a more formal meeting invite along with key dates for meeting preparations and contributions will be circulated.

As co-hosts, FAO will work with India’s Department of Fisheries of the Ministry and with Bay of Bengal Programme – Inter-Governmental Organisation (BOBP-IGO) to organize this meeting.  This will be the first physical WGFTFB meeting in three years and we sincerely hope that as many members as possible are able to join and help make this upcoming meeting and symposium a huge success.  Additionally, this will be the first time a WGFTFB meeting to be held in Southern Asia, which is a great achievement in itself, providing an opportunity to collaborate with fisheries technicians and scientists from both India and the wider Asian region.

Cochin (also known as Kochi) is a city in southwest India’s coastal Kerala state. This is a beautiful region and offers the possibility for meeting participants who may have the time to stay some extra days and enjoy some tourism. We hope to see as many of you as possible present at the meeting and look forward to working with you and BOBP-IGO to make this a memorable and fruitful meeting and symposium for all concerned.


Please direct any questions to and

Best regards,

The WGFTFB chairs: Jon Lansley, Antonello Sala, and Daniel Stepputtis

FAO Webinar on Fishing Gear Recycling

Cloud Recording and Presentations – FAO Webinar on Fishing Gear Recycling: Technical/scientific discussion and case studies and practical examples is now available

From 2020 onwards, the Fishing Technology and Operations team (NFIFO) at FAO has been collaborating closely with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) under the joint IMO/FAO GloLitter Partnerships project (

GloLitter assists developing countries in preventing and reducing marine plastic litter from the maritime transport and fisheries sectors through the implementation of relevant international instruments: MARPOL Annex V, London Convention/London Protocol and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Marking of Fishing Gear. IMO leads activities related to the shipping industry, while FAO leads activities related to the fishing industry with a particular focus on addressing concerns about Abandoned, Lost and otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG).

In 2022, the GloLitter FAO-NFIFO team began work to develop a background study on Fishing Gear Recycling that aims to:

  • identify the current practices and mechanisms allowing the recycling of unwanted fishing gear (including end-of-life fishing gear and retrieved ALDFG) and EPR;
  • how these practices could be incentivised or possibly regulated; and
  • define opportunities and challenges that such practices/mechanisms present.

The final deliverable will be a GloLitter knowledge product that will subsequently be used for knowledge sharing and dissemination.

As part of this work, FAO-NFIFO organised two 1-day GloLitter Webinars on Fishing Gear Recycling on October 10-11, 2022.

The first day (10/Oct/2022) was more scientific/technically oriented, while the second day (11/Oct/2022) allowed selected stakeholders to present their case studies or examples dealing with fishing gear recycling.

*** Open the Final_Agenda ***

Webinar links to Cloud recordings and presentations can be asked to

PhD position in ‘the scale modelling of towed demersal fishing gears’

DTU Aqua is advertising what we hope will be a very interesting PhD in ‘the scale modelling of towed demersal fishing gears’

PhD scholarship in the scale modelling of towed demersal fishing gears

The position will be based in DTU Aqua, Hirtshals and is in collaboration with the SINTEF Flume Tank and CNR, Ancona.

Deadline 27 October.

ICES-FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour 2021 Report

The 2021 Report of the ICES-FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour (WGFTFB; outputs from 2021) is now available on the WGFTFB community page.

The citation for this report is:

ICES, 2022. ICES-FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour (WGFTFB; outputs from 2021). ICES Scientific Reports. 4:33. 200 pp (

WGFTFB 2021 Executive Summary


The preliminary Program of MARTECH2022 is now available at:

The previous Conference had to be postponed 6 months and was held mostly remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on this experience, and accounting for the possibility that some participants may not be able to be present, the MARTECH 2022 Conference will allow for remote participation, although it is expected to be held mostly in presence.
The Conference will continue to have a broad scope, covering all aspects of maritime activity including:
• Ship Design (structures, hydrodynamics, machinery)
• Ship Building and Repair
• Maritime Transportation and Ports
• Fishing and Aquaculture
• Energy Resources
• Military and Surveillance Vessels
• Recreational Craft and Maritime Tourism

DEMaT 2022

We are happy to announce the 15th International Workshop on Methods for the Development and Evaluation of Maritime Technologies (DEMaT’22) to be held in Rostock, Germany, from 12 to 15 September 2022. 

This year the scope of the workshop has been extended. Given the actual global developments with regard to climate change and sustainable living including the associated changes needed in handling precious resources, the DEMAaT organisers put recent technical development into a broader perspective. To address this they have changed the workshop’s main topic from “Theory of fishing gears and related marine systems” to “Technologies to ensure a sustainable marine food production”.

Flyer including the announcement and call for paper: DEMaT2022

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sascha Kosleck
Chair of Ocean Engineering
University of Rostock