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World Fisheries Congress 2021: fisheries responsible for monitoring

23 September 2021

This week marks the 8th World Fisheries Congress held this year – online - in Adelaide, Australia. It is the largest congress bringing together the global fisheries community to explore, discuss and debate key innovations, latest research, challenges and opportunities facing the global fisheries community today. PFA’s own Chief Science Officer Martin Pastoors was invited to this congress to give an insightful presentation on monitoring approaches initiated within pelagic fisheries.


The European pelagic fishing industry is committed to improve monitoring activities of our fisheries by introducing a comprehensive self-sampling program. The program aims at generating and contributing to existing data on fishing activities, catch compositions and specific biological observations for scientific evaluations. The presentation aimed to highlight the benefits and drawbacks (challenges) from including fishers in monitoring fishing operations. The information was based on experiences in pelagic fisheries in Europe.


Working closely with fishing industries to monitor catches and fishing operations is an effective mechanism for monitoring. New types of industry information become available and it also helps to harness new data sources and knowledge for improved scientific understanding.


The ambition of the PFA is to maintain a sustainable fishery for pelagic fish stocks, both now and in the future. Collaboration with science and research is an important requirement for that ambition. We are proud that with the pioneering work of our Chief Science Officer Martin Pastoors, the PFA takes a leading role in accumulating knowledge and data for further scientific research.


Find more information about our research program on our research page.





PFA represents the interests of nine European freezer-trawler companies involved in pelagic fishing activities for human consumption.

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