Fishing seine structureThe Fisheries Training Programme is a member of the GRÓ International Centre for Capacity Development – Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Societal Change.

As a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO, GRÓ offers opportunities to engage with UNESCO and further enhance the FTP's international partnerships and capabilities. GRÓ-FTP´s connection to UNESCO is primarily through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and their internet-based training platform the Ocean Teacher Global Academy (OTGA).

Funded by the Government of Iceland and hosted within the Icelandic Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, UNESCO-GRÓ-FTP is run by a team of five dedicated staff members.

Other partner institutes within Iceland include, the University of Iceland, Matís Ltd. - Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D, the University of Akureyri, and Hólar University College.

These effective partnerships offer a broad-based learning and training environment for our fellows by providing access to experts in diverse specialist fields.

One of the reasons Iceland was chosen to host the FTP was because of easy accessibility to knowledge from so many expert areas within a highly developed fishing industry due to the unusually close connections between industry, academia, governmental and research institutions within the country.

UNESCO-GRÓ-FTP structure 2020