Fishing for Data Workshop

Tue, 19 May 2020, 2:00 PM - Thu, 21 May 2020, 12:00 AM [WEST]

Ponte Spinola, Genova, Italy, 16138, Italy


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Tue, 19 May 2020, 2:00 PM - Thu, 21 May 2020, 12:00 AM [WEST]

About the Event


Dear colleagues, due to the COVID-19 situation and National recommendations, the workshop is postponed to autumn 2020 (TBC). We are working on finding the best schedule. We apologize for the inconvenience.



This workshop will be the first of a series of workshops necessary to establish best practices and standards for the method of ocean observation via integration with commercial fishing. Work has been done to establish best practices by the FOOS and RECOPESCA programs at CNR and IFREMER, respectively, which provides a helpful baseline. However, the involved Italian and French fleets are far from representative of the global diversity in fisheries and data collection opportunities of fishing vessels.


The diversity of fishing practices and gear types as well as variability in technological and human capabilities between countries and institutions make standardization of measurements and best practices particularly challenging. It is essential to bring everyone to the same table. Fishing gear types, onboard vessel systems, fishing behaviors, seasonality and quotas, and target species all affect the oceanographic data collection opportunities. Including fishing industry professionals in these discussions will ensure the views of the scientific community are in line with the reality of the industry. Associated standardized meta-data is essential for keeping track of these gear types and the data quality produced. 


The data collection opportunities specific to varying gear types and fishing activities will be a focus. Sensor mounting and sampling rate best practices shall be discussed and established for a range of  gear types. Metrological traceability is an important aspect of quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC), and documentation of all design details, integration and routine maintenance procedures is essential. Sensor calibration and vessel system servicing from difficult to reach fishing ports presents a variety of challenges. Best practices for these logistics will likely be quite area specific. However, sharing experiences between programs from e.g. partnering with local vessel electronics companies, and timing calibration to line up with fishing season breaks will lead to more cost effective and sustainable ocean observations.


Four core themes:

  • General knowledge and tech sharing. 
  • Agreement upon standards and best practices, both from technical and data standards perspectives. 
  • The fishing industry perspectives on data utility, confidentiality, and scientific collaborations.
  • Data flow and management, engaging both data aggregators and end users.


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