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“Smart Fishing Vessels” Workshop Advances Industry Data Collection

17 October 2013

CANADA - On September 29 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, the World Ocean Council (WOC) convened the “Smart Fishing Vessels” workshop to expand and improve ocean and atmospheric data collection by fishing vessels.

The workshop was organized by WOC and the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, and held in conjunction with the World Seafood Congress (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, 30 Sep–3 Oct, 2013).

The workshop attracted the participation of thirty-two (32) representatives from: the fishing industry, marine technology and instrumentation, IT/communications, national and international data collection organizations, government officials, spatial data experts, existing voluntary observation programs, and scientific/research organizations.

The workshop provided insight in a case study of the FishSmart Program under development by the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (see and the perspectives of a large panel of data users and data providers on the use of fishing vessels as platforms for environmental and atmospheric data collection.

Additionally, all participants took part in a series of breakout sessions designed to generate specific and useful input into components of a Smart Fishing Vessel program such as stakeholder engagement, opportunities and constraints, logical pairings of industry data collectors, decision support tools and quality assurance of data.

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 workshop was facilitated by Leslie-Ann McGee of WOC and Bob Verge from CCFI. The diverse industry participation included three WOC member organizations participating in the workshop (Louisbourg Seafoods, ESRI and OLRAC SPS).

The report is available online here.

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