WOC Workshop to Expand Participation of Fishing Vessels in Collection and Sharing of Ocean and Atmospheric Information

 (Honolulu 11 July 2013

To expand and improve ocean and atmospheric data collection by fishing vessels, the World Ocean Council (WOC) is convening a workshop at the World Seafood Congress (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, 30 Sep–3 Oct, 2013).

The “Smart Fishing Vessels” workshop builds on the WOC “Smart Ocean/Smart Industries” global program to facilitate, coordinate and scale-up data collection and sharing by ocean industries.

The Smart Fishing Vessels workshop will identify the data collection programs, methods and technologies available for fishing companies to use in collecting and sharing data by:

  • Presenting ocean industry data-gathering experience that’s relevant to fisheries.
  • Identifying constraints and opportunities for expanding the use of fishing vessels in data collection.
  • Exploring what the fishing industry can learn from other ocean industries regarding 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.

Representatives from the fishing industry, marine technology/instrumentation, IT/communications, national and international oceanographic/meteorological organizations, existing voluntary observation programs, and scientific/research organizations are invited to consider participating, proposing a presentation and providing information for the workshop.

The fishing industry can contribute to the understanding, health and management of marine ecosystems by collecting ocean, weather and climate data that contributes to describing the status, trends and variability of ocean, weather and atmosphere conditions and – importantly – which improves the understanding, modeling and forecasting of ocean ecosystems.

The half-day Smart Fishing Vessels workshop runs from 0900–1200 on 29 September, 2013 in St. John’s, Newfoundland as one of the pre-conference events of the World Seafood Congress.

To get involved in the WOC Smart Fishing Vessels workshop, please contact

– 30 –

About the World Ocean Council (WOC)

The WOC is the only international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. Companies and associations worldwide are distinguishing themselves as leaders in ocean sustainability, stewardship and science by joining the WOC. Members to date include over 70 leadership organizations from a wide range of ocean industries: oil and gas, shipping, seafood, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, renewable energy, ocean technology, maritime law, marine environmental services and other areas. For the current list of WOC Members, click here. The WOC News Release is received by over 18,000 ocean industry stakeholders around the world.

Contact: Paul Holthus, Executive Director Phone: +1 (808) 277-9008; email:; Web: