Fisheries Observers (Speculative applicants)



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Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2022
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MRAG operates a number of fisheries observer programmes throughout the year, and in a variety of locations across the globe. The roles range from the scientific to those focused on compliance. An MRAG observer may find themselves surrounded by icebergs, whilst tagging Antarctic toothfish in the Ross Sea. On their next trip, they may be monitoring compliance at a bluefin tuna farm in the Mediterranean.

Each of MRAG’s observer programmes has its own distinct season, with recruitment and training targeted towards the start of that season. However, we welcome speculative applicants throughout the year, so if you are interested, please let us know and we can see what the next available opportunity might be.

Further details on our current programmes can be found here:

CCAMLR (Antarctic) Scientific Observer Scheme
Transhipment Regional Observer Programmes
ICCAT Bluefin Tuna Regional Observer Programme
Falkland Islands Loligo Squid Observer Programme

Each observer programme has its own requirements, but common elements include:

  • A degree in a relevant subject such as marine biology or environmental science
  • Previous seagoing experience
  • A sea survival certificate
  • An at-sea medical (these latter two need to be obtained before deployment, but their lack isn’t a barrier to applying)

If you would like to be considered for future work, please complete The MRAG Observer Recruitment Online Form

For any enquiries, please email