8th International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference

29 August - 2 September 2016 - San Diego, California
BAHIA Resort Hotel


On behalf of our international steering committee, I would like to invite you to attend and participate in the 8th International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference. This conference is the premier international forum for working on the critical issues of fisheries observer programs, emerging monitoring technologies, and other approaches to fishery-dependent data collection and analyses.

Since 1998, this conference series has been the only one of its kind to specifically address the many issues surrounding fisheries monitoring programs.  In 2016, we’re expecting over 250 delegates from more than 40 countries to attend, including representatives from many data collection programs around the world, fishing industry groups, and end-users of the data that these programs collect.  The conference format includes keynote speakers, presented papers, panel discussion sessions, workshops and less formal settings, such as trade exhibits, poster sessions and enjoyable social events.

If you have any comments or questions contact me at Dennis.Hansford@noaa.gov. I look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Dennis Hansford
Conference Chair



Dennis C. Hansford, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, USA, 2016 Conference Chair
Lisa Borges, FishFix, Inc., Belgium 
Judy Dwyer, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Andrew France, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
Oscar Guzman, Instituto de Fomento Pesquero, Chile
John D. Kelly, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, USA
John P. LaFargue, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, USA
Amy Martins, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, USA
Howard McElderry, Archipelago Marine Research, Inc., Canada
Ryan Murphy, Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australia
Chris Rilling, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, USA
Elizabeth Scott-Denton, Ph.D., NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, USA
Greg Workman, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

Assisted by Prof Steve Kennelly, IC Independent Consulting


Vision & Mission

2016 8th IFOMC Vision, Mission, & Goals

Vision Statement
To develop, promote and enhance effective fishery monitoring programs to ensure sustainable resource management throughout the world’s oceans.

Mission Statement
To improve fishery monitoring programs worldwide through sharing of practices and development of new methods of data collection and analysis. To provide a forum for dialog between those responsible for monitoring fisheries and those who rely upon the data they collect.


Outcome Goals

Steering Committee and Host Team Operating Goals

Throughout the planning and execution of the conference, the Steering Committee and Host Team will strive:


  • To consider the subject of fishery monitoring broadly, including fisheries observer programs, emerging technologies, and other fishery dependent data collection approaches.
  • To engage the international community of those involved in the collection and analysis of fishery-dependent data, including observers, observer program staff, scientists, fisheries managers, monitoring contractors, fishing industry, and ENGO’s.
  • To remain mindful of the linkage between effective fisheries monitoring programs, sustainable resource management, and public acceptability of fisheries.


  • To develop results-oriented sessions that address a broad range of fisheries monitoring topics, explore the diversity of the field, and emphasize leading-edge areas.
  • To provide opportunities for delegates to participate in and contribute to all conference sessions through formal and informal processes.
  • To promote the international exchange of ideas and best practices through sharing upto-date information on fishery monitoring programs throughout the world.
  • To provide a forum for intra- and inter-discipline dialog amongst observers, program managers, scientists, industry members, resource managers, policy makers and others who work with fishery-dependent data.
  • To establish work groups for certain important observer program topics that would benefit from inter-session communication and sharing of resources.
  • To maintain and use a dedicated IFOC website for dissemination of conference materials and other fishery monitoring program resources.
  • To publish conference proceedings and disseminate them broadly.

2016 IFOMC Outcome Goals
To be considered successful, the 2016 IFOMC will:

  • Improve the quality of fishery monitoring data through sharing of best practices for collection and analysis of information.
  • Improve the use of fishery monitoring data to support sustainable resource management.
  • Improve accessibility to fishery monitoring data.
  • Support the development of new innovative data collection methods.
  • Support the development of international safety standards for at-sea fisheries observers.
  • Improve the training and safety of at-sea fisheries observers.
  • Support the development of fisheries observer professionalism practices on an international basis.

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