Enhancing the Compilation and Utilization of Fishery Statistics and Information for Sustainable Development and Management of Fisheries in Southeast Asian Region:

Facilitating fisheries activity information gathering through introduction of community-basedresourcesmanagement

 

Background and Justification

SEAFDEC have been supporting Member Countries by reviewing the problems and constraints in fisheries data collection in coastal small-scale and inland fisheries at national level, and identify the key issues in fisheries data collection that should be addressed by the countries.  In 2016, SEAFDEC will support Member Countries to organize on-site training on “Facilitating Fisheries Information Gathering Through Introduction of Community-based Fisheries Management”.  This training course is aiming at capacity building of provincial officers of SEAFDEC Member Countries in terms of planning and implementation of community-based fisheries management and co-management. In addition, SEAFDEC will monitor the situation of member countries and facilitating planning and implementation of Community-Based Fisheries Management (CBFM) and Co-management in the Member Countries.


Objectives

Sub-project 1. Improving the data collection of the commercially-exploited aquatic species and threaten species

The objective of this sub-project is to build capacity of researchers/fisheries officers of the SEAFDEC Member Countries for improvement of fisheries statistical data collection and compilation for the commercially-exploited aquatic species.

Sub-project 2. Facilitating Fisheries activities information gathering through introduction of Community base management

The objective of this sub-project composes of the following items;

  1. Improve compilation of fisheries information and socio-economic aspect on coastal small-scale and inland fisheries in the Southeast Asia;
  2. Improve the tool and methodology of fisheries data collection in coastal small-scale and inland fisheries at national for setting up fisheries census in future;
  3. Support member countries to promote the applicable practice of autonomous community based co-resource management with establishing support officer system towards institutional building of stakeholders for coastal and inland fisheries management; and
  4. Facilitate better presentation and knowledge on status and condition of coastal small-scale and inland fisheries at national and regional level.

Sub-project 3. Harmonization of fishery statistics in the Southeast Asian region (Secretariat)

The objective of this sub-project is to improve the reporting of statistics by the ASEAN Member Countries in line with the harmonized framework for fishery statistics of Southeast Asia.

 

Activities

     Activity 1 : Regional Workshop on Improvement of Fisheries Information Collection in Coastal Small-scale and Inland Fisheries of the Southeast Asian Region

 

Results on problems and constraints in fisheries data collection in coastal small-scale and inland fisheries from the workshop will be utilized to identify the key issues that should be addressed by the countries. This could be achieved by fostering the lessons learned in terms of the methodologies and exchanging experiences in effective fisheries data collection. It was also envisaged that such effort could be adapted in the setting up of fisheries census with a future goal of improving fisheries data collection.

 

     Activity 2 : Strengthening training on site to introduce the appropriate participatory mechanism of autonomous community-based resources management including the methodology on gathering fisheries activity information

Training On Trainers (TOTs) courses aimed at providing more clear and detailed concept and methodology on autonomous community-based resources management, required tools of data and information collection in coastal fishing communities for better development and management of coastal resources to ensure sustainable livelihood of coastal communities, and skills of establishment and development of community fisheries development organizations are very extremely needed for Southeast Asian Region.

 

    Activity 3 : Monitoring and facilitating 

    3.1 Monitoring and additional support for member countries activities of facilitating autonomous community-based resources management and gathering fisheries activity information

SEAFDEC is going to assist fisheries officers of SEAFDECMember Countries in local training/workshop on establish CBFM project, including collecting and analysing information from fisheries community for policy formulation, also in designing coastal and inland fishery management plans through participatory mechanism of co-management approach, that suit the local condition.

    3.2 Study on appropriate activitiessustainable for Community-based Fisheries Management (CBFM) in fisheries community in Southeast Asia

SEAFDEC is going to assist SEAFDECMember Countries in promoting CBFM and building the capacity of the fisheries community.

               

Achievements of  2014 the Project Implementation 

Nam Oon Freshwater Reservoir Fisheries Co-management Program

According to Inland Fisheries Management Section proposed to establish a model of inland fisheries co-management in Sakon Nakorn province, the CommunityFisheries Resources Co-management Committee  of Nam Oon Dam was established by the governors. To assist fisheries officer to strengthen the community committee and co-management project, SEAFDEC had conducted survey on inland fisheries and organize two Mobile On-site Training (MOT) on "Practical approach to co-management in Nam Oon Dam" during 2-9 July and 16-21 September 2014 at Nam Oon Dam, Sakon Nakhon Province, Thailand.

The result of MOT, Co-management net work around Nam Oon Dam was established among 5 districts, 8 sub-districts, totally 22 communities namely, Ban Thai Charean, Ban Hui Lekphai, Ban Kong Paklouy, Ban Kok Saard, Ban Kud Takap, Ban Kok Manow, Ban Nong Phaktiam, Ban Nakum, Ban Natan, Ban Nacheak, Ban Naloa, Ban Nanai, Ban Oonkok, Ban Nongphue, Ban Kok Somboon, Ban Dong Kumpho, Ban Kudhai, Ban Koksung, Ban Klang, Ban Huibun, Ban Nongbua, and  Ban Nongpling. Moreover, two representatives from each community were selected to be a committee member of Nam Oon fisheries resources co-management including officers from local government.

SEAFDEC and DOF held the committee workshop on fisheries co-management in Nam Oon Dam during 25-26 November 2014 to increase knowledge on fisheries co-management and identify the co-management approaches for fisheries resources management in Nam Oon Dam. The committee had discussed and make agreement on three topics;

            1) Fishing gear and fishing activities,

            2) Spatial/Fishing ground which covered on a) The conservation and sanctuary area under law and regulation, b) Close season in spawning season, c) Protected area and fishing ground allow by gear/fishing activities, and    

            3) New close season setting through community/village rule.

The agreement from the meeting would be informed to local people by the committee and sign boards, which will be settled in the communities  around Nam Oon Dam with supporting by DOF and SEAFDEC.

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The villages around Nam Oon Dam, Sakon Nakhon Province

Base line survey was conducted by interview the fishers in 22 villages around Nam Oon Dam with 5 districts covering 8 sub-districts. The total of fishers interviewed was 139 fishers.

 

Achievements of  2015 the Project Implementation 

There have been many attempts in SEAFDEC’s Member Countries to cope with the problems by implementing pilot projects to deal with their particular situation.  In 2015, SEAFDEC/TD provided Training on Trainers (TOT) in Lao PDR and Vietnam, and Mobile On-site Training (MOT) in Cambodia and Thailand.  These activities have assisted fisheries officers of SEAFDEC’s Member Countries to train community fishers by local trainers with technical assistance from SEAFDEC on organization of the community-based fisheries management with knowledge of rights-based fisheries management, also to design coastal and inland fishery management plans by selected the appropriate participatory mechanism of co-management approach, that suit the local condition.

1. TOT (Training on Trainer) on Facilitating Fisheries Information Gathering through Introduction of Co-management and Community-Based Fisheries Management: Effective Implementation and Extension of the Co-management and CBFM in Lao PDR, 27-30 April 2015, Khammounae Province, Lao PDR. 34 participants of nation level was target group.

2. TOT (Training on Trainer) on Facilitating Fisheries Information Gathering through Introduction of Community-Based Fisheries Management: Role and Function of Fishers Organization in the Implementation of Co-management in Viet Nam, 12-14 May 2015, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.  50 participants of nation level was target group.

3. Follow-up activities on the current situation related to challenges in implementing/promoting Co-management and Community-Based Fisheries Management in Thailand, 22-26 February, and 3-7 August 2015, Nam Oon Dam, Sakon Nakhon Province.  200 participants of nation level and fisheries community were target group.

4. Baseline survey and consultation meeting on clarification of feasible ways for implementation of management measures in Cambodia, 6-8 May 2015, Siem Reap, Cambodia.  20 participants of nation level and fisheries community were target group.