Marine Instruments organises the IFOMC 2018

by / Tuesday, 10 July 2018 / Published in news

MARINE INSTRUMENTS has been in charge of organising the ninth edition of IFOMC (International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference). Since the first edition of the Conference, 20 years ago, Vigo has been selected as the first European city to host the event for 2018.


During 11th to 15th June, Vigo will be hosting the 9th edition of IFOMC in Pazo de los Escudos. More than 250 representatives from 37 countries will attend the event to exchange knowledge and experiences with other researchers, professionals and legislators.

The activity will include eleven plenary sessions and three workshops where the assistants will discuss topics such as artisanal fisheries monitoring, landing obligation, fisheries observers’ safety onboard or the new emerging technologies on electronic monitoring. More than 90 posters with scientific research from 5 continents will be displayed, and an exhibition area where different companies will showcase their technologies for fishery control will be available.

“Hosting this event in Vigo will provide first-hand experiences from other countries about monitoring and fisheries observation. This information is crucial because the development of technologies for fishery monitoring has become one of our main development areas for our R&D department”, said Gabriel Gómez Celaya, MARINE INSTRUMENTS general manager, host and organising company of IFOMC.

The Conference will have a large group of expert speakers coming from all around the world, such as Derrick Tagosia, in charge of the ministerial office of Fishery and Marine Resources of Solomon Islands; Francesca Arena, Head of Unit of Fisheries Control and Inspection in the Directorate General of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, and representatives from the Fisheries Ministries from New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, USA and Australia. All of them will discuss the establishment of rules and regulations to achieve an improved fisheries control and the need of establishing international standards. It is worth noting the strong American presence, with over a hundred representatives attending the event. Among them, 50% belong to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), an organization which is highly committed with the sustainability and conservation of marine ecosystems; NOAA supports this event biannually.

The event is supported by different international sponsors, including NOAA, DTU Aqua (National Institute of Aquatic Resources), ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation), WWF, and the European Fisheries Control Agency. Vigo City Council or Consellería do Mar, the regional ministry in charge of managing issues regarding marine environment and fisheries, have also confirmed their support. The General Director for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Technological Innovation, Ms. Mercedes Rodríguez Moreda, and Vigo’s Mayor Abel Caballero will take part in the plenary sessions and activities.