DATE: Sept. 29, 2013
TIME: 09:00 – 12:00
LOCATION: Delta Hotel and Conference Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland
CONTACT: Paul Holthus, CEO, World Ocean Council;;

This workshop is designed to advance, expand and accelerate the participation of fishing vessels in the collection and sharing of ocean and atmospheric data by:

  • Presenting ocean industry data gathering experience to date that is relevant to fisheries.
  • Identifying constraints and opportunities for expanding use of fishing vessels in data
  • collection.
  • Seeing how the fishing industry can learn from/collaborate with other ocean industries in collecting and sharing data.
  • Highlighting the technology and instrumentation available for use on fishing vessels.
  • Identifying the scientific priorities for fishing industry data collection, e.g. data types, locations.

Participation, presentations and background information are invited from those who have been involved in the use of fishing vessels for collecting ocean, weather and climate data.

Representatives from: the fishing industry, marine technology/instrumentation, IT/communications, international and national oceanographic/metrological organizations, existing voluntary observation programs, and scientific/research organizations are invited to contact the WOC.

The fishing industry can contribute to the understanding, health and management of the marine ecosystem and its resources by collecting ocean, weather and climate data. The fishing industry can play a significant role in collecting data that:

  1. contributes to describing the status, trends and variability of ocean, weather and atmosphere conditions, and
  2. improves the understanding, modeling and forecasting of ocean ecosystems and resources.

The World Ocean Council “Smart Ocean/Smart Industries” program is a global platform for scaling up data collection and sharing by ocean users, e.g. shipping, oil/gas, renewables – and fisheries. See

This is one of the pre-congress events of the World Seafood Congress (30 September – 3 October, 2013). For congress Information,CLICK HERE.