Brief Project Description

In every country in the Southeast Asian Region, efforts are now focusing on the promotion of sustainable fisheries management and countermeasures against IUU fishing. The recognition on the importance of fishing management schemes such as fishing license, boats registration and etc. as effective measures to promote sustainable use and the long-term conservation of marine living resources has been increasing in the region. Following the direction of Resolution and Plan of Action, the SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) has been implementing the project titled “Promotion of Countermeasures to reduce IUU Fishing”, to enhance collaboration of SEAFDEC Member Countries in reducing IUU fishing in the region.  This project consists of: 1) Promotion and development of the regional fishing vessels record (RFVR); 2) Strengthening of Port State Measures and other surveillance measures in the region; and 3) Promotion of Information Material.
 

Background and Justification

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing can take place in all capture fisheries. Efforts to conserve and manage fish stocks are undermined by IUU fishing, which can lead to the collapse of fisheries or can seriously impair efforts to rebuild fish stocks that have already been depleted. This may result in the loss of both short- and long-term social and economic opportunities and could have negative impacts on food security.

The Plan of Action on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security Towards 2020 which was adopted in ASEAN-SEAFDEC Conference Fish for the People 2020 “Adaptation to a Changing Environment” in Bangkok, Thailand during 13-17 June 2011emphazises on: 1) strengthening regional and national policy and legislation to implement measures and activities to combat IUU fishing, including the development and implementation of national plans of action to combat IUU fishing, and promoting the awareness and understanding of international and regional instruments and agreements through information dissemination campaigns, 2) establishing and strengthening regional and sub-regional coordination on fisheries management and efforts to combat IUU fishing including the development of regional/sub-regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) networks, 3) facilitating consultative dialogue among fisheries legal officers to share, at the sub-regional/regional level, perspectives of the respective legal and regulatory framework in terms of developing MCS-networks and to take action to combat IUU fishing, and 4) building up capacity among Member Countries, including functions for regional and sub-regional cooperation, to effectively meet the requirements of port state measures and flag state responsibilities.

Following the direction of Resolution and Plan of Action, the SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) has been implemented the project of “Promotion of Countermeasures to reduce IUU Fishing” in coordination and cooperation with SEAFDEC Member Countries to reduce IUU fishing activities in the region.

 

Project Overall Objectives and Activities

Objective 1 : Improving counter measures to reduce IUU fishing

     Activity 1 : Promotion and development of the regional fishing vessels record (RFVR)

               Sub-activity 1.1: Development and  management of RFVR Database

Follow up the approval of the Regional Fishing Vessels Record (RFVR) activity by the SEAFDEC Council at its 45th Meeting in 2013. The database of regional vessels record of 24 meters in length and over has been designed and developed in collaboration with SEAFDEC Member Countries. The database will use as tool to combat IUU fishing in the region. 

               Sub-activity 1.2: Technical workshop on RFVR database development and management 

The technical workshop will be organized. The selected/ nominated person who are involved in/and responsible for this activity. The selected relevant Member Country will be invited to participate in the workshop. TD staffs who conduct in this database will visit each country to discuss and consult for development and management on database of RFVR of 24 meters in length and over.

               Sub-activity 1.3:  Technical assistant on using of RFVR Database 

The technical assistance on using of RFVR database, PSMs facilities and existing mechanism in SEAFDEC Member Countries will be conducted. The output information will be used to prepare and organize on-site training and workshop on strengthen of PSMs and other surveillance measures to reduce IUU fishing in collaboration with SEAFDEC Member Countries. 

 

Objective 2 : Strengthening awareness building and common understanding on counter measures to reduce IUU fishing 

     Activity 2 : Strengthening of Port State Measures and other surveillance measures in the region

               Sub-activity 2.1: Providing technical assistant on PSMs facilities and existing mechanism in SEAFDEC Member Countries

The technical assistance on PSMs facilities and existing mechanism in SEAFDEC Member Countries will be conducted. The output information will be used to prepare and organize on-site training and workshop on strengthen of PSMs and other surveillance measures to reduce IUU fishing in collaboration with SEAFDEC Member Countries.

               Sub-activity 2.2: Facilitating implementation of PSM in the Southeast Asian Region

In this activity, regional consultations to discuss and identify applicable PSM in the region will be organized in collaboration with SEAFDEC Secretariat.

 

     Activity 3 : Production of information materials

                Production on information and promotional materials such as VDO, poster, report, etc. related to counter measures to IUU fisheries activities will be carried out during the implementation of the project activities and disseminated to the SEAFDEC Member Countries and worldwide. 

                 

Achievements of  2015 the Project Implementation 

  • Strategies and way forward for Asian Member States and SEAFDEC to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing through utilization of RFVR
  • Agreement of AMSs on management and updating the RFVR 24 meters in length and over.  

      Activity 1: Promotion of Regional Fishing Vessels Record (RFVR)

               Sub-Activity 1.1:  Monitoring and updating of RFVR database 24 meters in length and over

               Updating of information on the RFVR Database

               Sub-Activity 1.2: Regional consultation on RFVR database less than 24 meters development and management

  • Strategies and way forward for Asian Member States and SEAFDEC to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing through utilization of RFVR
  • Agreement of AMSs on management and updating the RFVR 24 meters in length and over. 
  • Recommendation and way forward on implementation RFVR Database less than 24 meters

               Sub-activity 1.3:  Technical assistant on using of RFVR Database

               Way forward activities for the project implementation for next year


      Activity 2: Strengthening of Port State Measures and other surveillance measures in the region

               Sub-Activity 2.1: On-site training and workshop on strengthen of PSMs and other surveillance measures to reduce IUU fishing in the region 

               Implementation of this sub-activity in 2015 has been postponed.  Title of this sub-activity will be changed to “Facilitating implementation of PSM in the Southeast Asian Region” starting 2016.


      Activity 3: Production of information materials

      The report of Regional Technical Consultation on the Regional Fishing Vessels Record (RFVR): Use and Way Forward of RFVR Database as a Management Tool to Reduce IUU Fishing in Southeast Asian Region.
 

Achievements of  2016 the Project Implementation 

  • Updating and collaboration of AMSs on RFVR 24 meters in length and over.
  • Strategies and way forward for Asian Member States and SEAFDEC to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing through utilization of RFVR
  • Identified issues for harmonization to support and regional cooperation on the implementation of PSM in the region