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

EIFAAC symposium, Killarney, Ireland, 20-21 June 2022

EIFAAC International Symposium: Advances in Technology, Stock Assessment and Citizen Science in an Era of Climate Change

EIFAAC is the European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission, which organizes its session and symposium every 2 years. The upcoming Symposium will be hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

The Symposium will have five themes relating to inland fish stock assessment, developments in freshwater fish monitoring technologies, assessing the impacts of climate change on freshwater fish and their habitats and the role of citizen science. The fifth theme will focus on the pros and cons of traditional vs recirculation aquaculture systems.

Theme 2 on “Developments in freshwater fish monitoring technologies with an emphasis on nondestructive methods” could be of particular interest to some of the WGFTFB members or their colleagues. The theme is described as follows: “ Monitoring fish populations is an essential tool for quantifying population abundance and composition and assessing impacts of anthropogenic pressures. Conventional sampling such as electrofishing and netting surveys (fykes, gill nets, seine nets) and associated equipment can be expensive, difficult to transport and surveys are often limited to those waterbodies with road access or boat slips. Many conventional methods also require handling fish, which can cause stress, injury and sometimes mortality. Relatively new non-destructive sampling methods/technology, such as remote sensing (e.g. hydroacoustics, telemetry), visual observation (e.g. underwater

camera, snorkel surveys) and eDNA are becoming increasingly popular. Could these techniques be adopted for routine monitoring programmes, e.g. for Water Framework Directive or Habitats Directive monitoring.

The symposium will be well attended. We estimate about 130 scientists will join. So far 55 abstracts have been received, but there is still scope for sending in more abstracts and particularly posters. The Irish host is organizing beautiful field visits to the national park nearby the symposium venue and in the evenings a BBQ, pub tour and symposium dinner will be organized.

For more information about the symposium, please visit:

Tourism information about the symposium venue can be found at:

For further information please contact or the FAO secretariat to EIFAAC

Information about EIFAAC can be found at:

New funding opportunity

Schmidt Marine Launches New $3.5 US Million Global Fisheries Tech Initiative funding to support development of new technologies that increase fisheries sustainability Schmidt Marine Technology Partners will offer up to $3.5 (US). Additional information can be found at the proposals portal for the development of new technology in fisheries.

ICES Outstanding Achievement Award 2022

Call for nominations: ICES Outstanding Achievement Award 2022

Nominations for the ICES Outstanding Achievement Award are now open. The deadline for nominations is 2 May 2022.

The award will be presented at the ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) 2022 in Dublin, Ireland.

Nominate for the Outstanding Achievement Award
This annual award recognizes a member of the ICES community who has made ongoing important contributions to ICES in the field of marine science over a sustained period.

Thank you for encouraging and submitting nominations for this prestigious award!

ICES Awards Committee

Read more about ICES Awards 

ICES/FAO WGFTFB22 cancelled or postponed

Dear WGFTFB members,

ICES regrets to inform you that all Committee and Expert Group meetings, whether in-person, online or hybrid, scheduled between 7 March and 1 April 2022 will be cancelled or postponed. This unfortunately effects the meeting of the Joint ICES/FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour (WGFTFB).

This is in response to the crisis in Europe which is compromising the participation of experts and making collaboration across the network difficult or impossible. Effective national participation in ICES groups is important for the integrity of our work and is critical for the provision and quality of data, science, and advice. The Council will be working to develop a longer-term strategy regarding this crisis and this will communicated as soon as possible, but before 1 April.

We are aware this will be very disruptive to your ICES work, but given the importance of ensuring all our member countries can contribute to the work of the organization, this drastic measure is critical to provide the time needed for a Council decision that can guide our work in these difficult times. Until a Council decision has been made we are unable to plan new meeting dates.

Anto, Daniel, and Jon (WGFTFB Chairs) on behalf of the ICES Chairs of Advisory Committee and Science Committee

WGFTFB meeting 2022. Information updated and abstract submission open

Dear WGFTFB-members,

the meeting is coming up soon. Therefore some updated information below

1) We are still planning a hybrid meeting, as the situation and possibilities for a physical meeting in March are not yet clear.

2) The website now contains more information about the meeting (time line, agenda, travel, accomodation etc.). See

3) You can submit your abstracts now (deadline 28.02.2022). See

4) Please feel free to encourage others to join our group and the meeting. Information on how to become a member can be found here:

If you want to contact the chairs, please use

Best regards


GloLitter Partnerships project

One of the products that FAO plan to develop throughout this year within the framework of the GloLitter Partnerships project is a background study on fishing gear recycling. The study will address the following issues: (1) What are the current practices and mechanisms allowing the recycling of unwanted fishing gear (including both end-of-life fishing gear and retrieved Abandoned Lost or otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear) and Extended Producers Responsibility schemes for fishing gear; (2) how the identified practices/mechanisms could be incentivized or possibly regulated; and (3) what are the opportunities and challenges that such practices/mechanisms.

At the moment FAO are looking for suitable candidates that could lead and write this study under the supervision of the FAO GloLitter Project Task Force Unit.

Terms of reference of the lead author of the study in which you can see more details of the content of such a study: DRAFT TOR – GloLitter activity 1.4.2

Please note that, in order to be selected, candidates must be on the FAO roster of consultants. Candidates with a suitable profile, who are not part of the roster, must apply for the following vacancy announcement and pass the interview process:


Any questions please direct to GloLitter Partnerships Project Coordinator Ms. Amparo Perez Roda


Workshop on the use of collecting bags in shrimp fisheries (WKCB)

The 2022 Report of the Workshop on the use of collecting bags in shrimp fisheries (WKCB) is now available on the WKCB community page.

The North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) seeks ICES advice to identify and detail the collecting bag shrimp trawl fishery in the NEAFC Regulatory Area (ICES subareas 1 and 2) and to assess the impact on species caught and bycaught. In response to the NEAFC request, the report of the Workshop on the use of Collecting bags in shrimp fisheries (WKCB) aims to investigate the availability of information and data to fully evaluate the impact of the use of collecting bags on the retention of catch and bycatch, e.g. size, and spatiotemporal patterns.

Reference: ICES, 2022. Workshop on the use of Collecting bags in shrimp fisheries (WKCB). ICES Scientific Reports. 4:1. 126 pp.

The ICES Advice in response to the special request from NEAFC to ICES is available for download from the ICES website at:

New WGFTFB website announcement

We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed WGFTFB website. Visit us at After one year of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch on 1st December 2021. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.

We endeavour to provide our members with the most accurate, up-to-date information and share our knowledge and expertise in the field of fishing technology with knowledge and expertise on issues related to the ecosystem effects of fisheries, especially the evaluation and reduction of the impact of fishing on marine resources and ecosystems and the sustainable use of living marine resources and other topics related to the performance of commercial fishing gears and survey gears.

Our goal with this new website is to provide our members and visitors an easier way to learn about WGFTFB’s researches and services.

Amongst the new features the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to foster improved communication with the scientific and private communities. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, cutting edge thought leadership, company announcements and client successes in the Blog and News.

For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please e-mail us.