Recruitment now closed for 2021 season BFT-ROP purse season

MRAG are a unique and highly motivated consulting firm dedicated to promoting sustainable utilization of natural resources through sound integrated management policies and practices.  As a leader in this field, MRAG has a long and highly productive history of designing and implementing integrated resource management systems in marine environments. MRAG currently manage a number of fisheries observer programmes and we are actively recruiting for the ICCAT Regional Observer Programme for Bluefin Tuna (ROP-BFT) (

The ROP-BFT is an international observer programme aimed at monitoring bluefin tuna fishing and farming activities in the Mediterranean in response to ICCAT Recommendation 19/04.  The objective of the programme is to verify the amount of tuna caught and transferred to farms in the region whilst monitoring compliance with the ICCAT Recommendations. More information is available here (

Prerequisites for Applicants:

  • Personal Survival Techniques or Basic Sea Survival Certificate in line with International Maritime Organization (IMO) safety training standards
  • Seafarers Medical Certificate (ENG1 or STCW-95 Equivalent)
  • Minimum of 30 days at sea experience as a fisheries observer (similar roles may be acceptable)
  • Current Schengen visa (for non-European applicants)
  • Applicants should be nationals of one of the ICCAT CPCs (see
  • A minimum of medium level English, reading, written and spoken, is required

All certificates must be valid until at least August 8th 2021.

Sea survival certificate validity is 5 years of issue date or the before the expiry date, whichever is sooner.  Seafarer’s medical validity is within 2 years of issue date or before the expiry date, whichever is sooner. Certificates exceeding the above minimum standards, such as BOSIET sea survival or UKOOA Offshore Medical certificates, will also be accepted.

More information on national STCW providers can be found here 

RYA sea survival courses are also recognised: Sea Survival | Specialist Short Courses | Courses | Courses & Training | RYA - Royal Yachting Association

Availability:  Candidates must be available between the following dates:

  • A five day training course between May 3rd May 14th 2021. Exact dates are yet to be confirmed.
  • May 20th to July 30th 2020 (for deployment and debriefing).

Please note that the deployments are dependent on fishing success and as such the length can be variable. The fishing season may potentially run from 26th May to 26th July.   Specific programme related training and safety equipment will be provided.

Successful applicants will be allocated their deployments on the basis of their language capabilities.  All European languages are desireable but due to specific programme constraints applications from French speakers who are not French nationals are encouraged.

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

  • The MRAG Observer Recruitment Online 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.

Any Questions, please contact