Transhipment Observers (Indian and Atlantic Ocean)

(Recruitment now Open)

MRAG are currently recruiting fisheries observers for tuna transhipment programmes in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Observers will be deployed on board carrier vessels transhipping tuna and tuna-like products from longliners operating on the High Seas. Deployments run year-round and typically last for two to three months, dependent on vessel schedule. Prior to deployment, observers will attend a three-day training course from 19th to 21st April 2017.

Deadline for applications is 9th April 2017

The transhipment observer programmes are run in accordance with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The objectives are to assist flag states with ensuring better control of tuna longline vessels operating on the High Seas, encourage illegal operators to operate within the framework of the IOTC/ICCAT and to enhance the quality and availability of catch data to improve catch assessments of commercially exploited pelagic species.

Observer duties include:

  • Pre-sea inspection of carrier vessel
  • Monitoring and verification of numbers and species transhipped
  • At sea inspections of fishing vessels

Further information regarding the IOTC transhipment observer programme can be found here:

Further information regarding the ICCAT transhipment observer programme can be found here:


Candidates should have a background in marine biology or fisheries and with relevant experience, specifically:

  • Degree in marine biology or other relevant discipline, or equivalent relevant work experience;
  • Participation in research cruises or scientific surveys is desirable;
  • Previous employment as a fisheries observer or fisheries officer is desirable;
  • At least 60 days previous experience at sea

Prior to deployment, the following certificates must be obtained:

  • A Personal Survival Techniques or Basic Sea Survival certificate recognised by the International Convention on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95), or a national equivalent, awarded by an accredited organisation;
  • An ENG-1 or equivalent seafarer’s Medical certificate, awarded by an accredited physician.
  • A valid First Aid certificate including CPR training, awarded by an accredited body

Certificates exceeding the above minimum standards, such as BOSIET sea survival or UKOOA Offshore Medical certificates, will also be accepted.

Still Interested in this post? Here is how you can get involved:

  • The Recruitment Form
  • Copies of relevant qualifications
  • Copies of your Sea Survival and Medical certificates must be provided before deployment
  • Contact details of two referees (no relatives)
  • You will be requested to provide written statements from your referees should you be successful after initial screening.

All applications should be submitted electronically.  Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send your application to