Implementation of fishing monitoring program

Since 1999, Oceanic Développement has continuously contributed to the monitoring of the French fisheries, in both European waters and tropical waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

We built a renowned experience through numerous monitoring programs conducted by the French Ministry of Agriculture, professional organizations (CNPMEM, Orthongel), research institutes (Ifremer, IRD)… Especially, we’ve been trusted by the French Ministry of Agriculture to implement the OBSMER Program since 2009, which consists in catches sampling onboard fishing vessels. We are also in charge with the program OCUP led by the Producer Organisation ORTHONGEL, which aims at covering 100% of the French tropical tuna purse seiners with scientific samplings.

observateur_2Oceanic Développement is committed to meeting the sampling objectives agreed in number of days at sea, and especially in the quality and reliability of the collected data. The sampling operations at sea led the company to hire 25 scientific observers, and implement a logistic support allowing them to get on board vessels in good conditions.

Observers, newly hired by Oceanic Développement, first receive a full training session comprising several topics :

  • Sampling protocol: observers are trained to a protocol developed by scientists in order to collect reliable data.
  • Taxonomy : observers can identify any caught species. For this purpose, they are trained to the identification of species by the Natural History Museum (Concarneau Marinarium). This full training allows the observers to identify any species of fishes, molluscs or crustaceans. Updating sessions are then implemented every four years, which allow to assess observers’ needs.
  • Safety at sea : the working conditions may expose the observers to risks. In order to have them ready and fully aware of the risks exposure, they follow a legal training for the safety at sea (STCW 95) within a registered training center. This program includes :
  1. Personal Survival Techniques: it provides knowledge of prevention and survival techniques, individual rescue equipments, safety critical situations management, launch and recovery of life rafts;
  2. Personal Safety and Social Responsibility: it provides knowledge of emergency procedures, prevention of marine pollution, workplace accidents, on board communications and interpersonal relationship management.

Updating sessions are implemented every 5 years.

These training procedures ensure we provide skilled observers and valuable works.

Besides, Oceanic Développement has a proficient staff in managing training and workers, checking collected data and transferring to database softwares.

Since its establishment, Oceanic Développement has collaborated on a regular basis with fishing companies (both inshore and offshore fleets) or professional representative bodies (producer oganisations). Oceanic Développement carries a thorough knowledge of these companies’ strategies (trip length, harbors and landing sites), constraints and environment, which is a key input to organize and coordinate monitoring programs.