STECF Report EWG1915 Shark CPOA and Shark Finning Regulation

The report on the “Review of the implementation of the shark finning regulation and assessment of the impact of the 2009 European Community Action Plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks” as been reviewed and endorsed by STCEF. It has been recently released.

You will find there an analysis of the actions of the member states regarding the monitoring of landings of shark species potentially usable for the fin trade from a list of species established by the experts of the working group and the available bibliography. on monitoring the Hong Kong markets.

The report also devotes a chapter to the review of the shark action plan entered in force in 2009 as well as proposals for the improvment of its objectives and related actions.

STECF 19-17 – Shark Finning

European Waste Reduction Week 19-24 November 2019

Marine debris pose a mounting threat to life in the oceans and on land, including human life, and technologies to observe, measure and monitor the flow of debris into, and within, the oceans are urgently needed in support of mitigating the threat.

We suggested you to attend the next month workshop to be held in Brest : “Marine Debris Indicators: what’s next ?” from 16-19/12 2019. Continue reading “European Waste Reduction Week 19-24 November 2019”

17th of October : International Sawfish Day !

This year we decided to celebrate International Sawfish Day by congratulating the work just performed during Brest Ocean Hackathon to conduct deep-machine learning for identification of illegal trade of sawfishes on Internet through semi-automatic image recognition.

Many thanks to engineers and students : Arnaud, Thomas (from ITM Atlantic), Vinicius, Lucas, Paul and Solenn (from UBO) for their commitment and productive outputs to the ‘Traffic-Track’ challenge.

For sure the continuation of this team work will be profitable to sawfishes who are still suffering from massive outlawed business world around and are unfortunately targeted to meet the demand for trade (rostrum, teeth, meat, fins and skin).

Wishing you all active sawfish projects for next year.

Shark Finning Working Group

The STECF (Scientific, Technical and Economic Committees for Fisheries) is the scientific adviser of EC for fisheries subject related to conservation and management of living marine resources, including biological, economic, environmental, social and technical considerations.

From 7th to 11th of October the Joint Research Center (Ispra, Italy) will host an Expert Working Group dedicated to “Review the implementation of the shark finning regulation and to assess the impact of the 2009 EU actions plan on sharks”.

DRDH will contribute to the working week.

Opening ceremony for sawfish focal point meeting and training.

Surabaya, East Java, Quarantine office. Director Pak Muhlin, just officially declared the Indonesaw workshop open.

Focal points are coming to share their updated date their information from last year research.
Some exercises to improve the data collection and sensitization is scheduled during the week.

Pak Dharmadi remind the objectives of the Indonesaw project and is expected some good new information for the project.

Celebrating the #5yearsBlueSolutions

Training courses on Marine Spatial Planning named Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP) have been conducted in many places.
DRDH was delightful to collaborate with the trainers group to perform these 5 days training in Senegal, Namibia, Guinea, Turkmenistan where we appreciated the richness and adaptability of the course. The last training held in August in Madagascar in collaboration with WCS was our first experimentation in using BPiP exercices for a concrete case study.

After an intoductory course in Tananarive the delegation from Fisheries and Territorial Management ministries went to Nosy Bé in the northern area of the country. Local stakeholders joined the group to work on the identification of the needs for this area, the mapping of current uses and the assessment of stakeholder interest and relationships. We ended up with some instructive preliminary outputs for establishment of MSP in Nosy Bé and a strategic road map for his realization.

BPiP courses are fantastics open access tools, remarkably shaped for offering a broad vision of the overall MSP for any institution or country willing to jump into that approach for management of their marine and coastal ressources.

Fruitful sensitization : First at-sea release of knifetooth sawfishes in Indonesia

Fishermen communities sensitization is one of the
pillar of Indonesaw project through direct meetings, inquiries and social medias. These methods clearly shown their benefits few months only after their implementation ; the Indonesaw team is proud to announce that Indonesian fishermen released sawfishes while they were in trawling activity in the west of Papua Province.

Many thanks to the Alert Network Team for their commitment !

Some more work is needed in the overall country to continue encouraging good practices from maritime professionals.


Marine Spatial Planning Trainings

Healthy and productive oceans and coasts provide vital services essential to human society. However, many of these services are declining due to increasing and often competing coastal activities and resource uses. The trend is amplified by uncoordinated sector policies and management. An integrated approach to policy implementation and ecosystem management across sectors is therefore essential to foster effective synergies.

Therefore, Blue Planning, i.e. ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management is regarded as a particularly useful approach to support integration of environment and resource management, sustainable development and governance priorities at local, national and regional scales.

Informed by decades of practical experiences and learning in the field, this training course aims to strengthen planning and implementation in one’s own context while providing an introduction to the theory and practical starting points of Blue Planning. It is based on a large and diverse range of existing frameworks, tools, guidelines, articles and online resources aiming to enable national and local planners and practitioners develop and implement integrated coastal and marine policies and plans

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DRDH contribute to Blue Planning in Practice (Blue Solution Initiative) and offered with over international expert some specific training tailored for maritime stakeholders :

´Blue Planning in Practice´ (BPiP) is an overarching term for approaches such as integrated coastal zone management, coastal and marine spatial planning or maritime planning. The introduction also referred to a real case example (Benguela Current).

BPiP promotes an ecosystem approach, aiming to achieve multiple objectives for the use of coasts and ocean by minimizing conflicts among users and reducing impacts on ecosystems and ecosystem services and fostering sustainable development.

Blue Planning does not lead to a final and definitive plan. It is a continuing, iterative process that includes learning and adaptive management over time. The development and implementation of Blue Planning includes a number of elements, comprising the following:

  • Identification of need and process design
  • Organisation of stakeholder participation
  • Inventory and analysis of current and future conditions
  • Drafting and approving the spatial management plan
  • Implementation and enforcement
  • Monitoring, revision and adjustment
Wallis Bay excursion: Ligth House-Sea Lions colony.
Training in Namibia 5-9 March 2018
Practical session on the ‘Identification of Needs’ in a fictitious country.