Brief Project Description

The project involves the identification of appropriate resource enhancement tools for the region in order to develop fisheries resource enhancement and habitat conservation measures/analysis and diagnosis of effectiveness of the measures and formulate strategies and guideline through the regional consultative meeting/workshop. Regional training programs on the theory and methodology of fisheries resource enhancement and habitat conservation measures will be conducted to build up capacity in ASEAN member countries for promote sustainable fisheries resources enhancement.

Background and Justification

Coastal waters of Southeast Asia are blessed with high productivity of fisheries resources because of rich ecosystems such as dense mangrove forests and seagrass beds sustained by rich effluence of nutrients from land, as well as extensive coral reefs with clean tropical sea environment. These areas are critical to a broad range of aquatic organisms during their life cycle from breeding, spawning, nursing and growing, hosting the feeding zones of aquatic species that are economically important, and serving as important source of recruitment of a wide diversity of fishery resources. 

It is widely recognized that healthy marine environment is a prerequisite for sustainable marine fisheries production.  Therefore, it is one of the most importantresponsibilities of fishery managers in the Southeast Asian Region to work for realization of good balance and relationship betweenhuman activity and coastal environment so that we can utilize marine fishery resources in a sustainable manner.

However, commercially important fishery resources in the region have declined due to many factors that include overfishing, illegal fishing, use of destructive fishing practices, and environmental degradation. Massive clearance of mangrove forests for aquaculture, urbanization, industrialization, wood fuel, timber and the like, could bring about large temporary economic benefits to certain groups of people or governments but in the end, the breeding, nursery and feeding areas of many aquatic species such as fishes, crustaceans, and mollusks might be destroyed and lost.

Furthermore, the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Conference on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security Towards 2020 “Fish for the People 2020: Adaptation to a Change Environment”, held in June 2011, adopted a resolution recommending that “optimize the use of inshore waters through resources enhancement programs such as promoting the installation of artificial reefs and structures, encouraging coordinated and effective planning for coastal fisheries management programs, undertaking environmental impact assessment studies, restocking of commercially-important fish species, as appropriate, and give priority to human resources development for the implementation of such programs”. Then, project on Promotion of sustainable fisheries resources enhancement measures in criticalhabitats/fishing grounds in Southeast Asia is necessary for SEAFDEC member countries.

 

Project Overall Objectives and Activities

Objective 1 : Information gathering on fisheries resources enhancement and habitat conservation measures in Southeast Asia

     Activity 1 : Development on diagnoses of critical fishing grounds and evaluation by resources enhancement practices

                Under this activity will composed of investigation of the existing basic information and research works in identifying the critical fishing grounds as well as spawning and nursery grounds known also as “Fishery Refugia” for commercial fishes including bottom and pelagic species, will be conducted. Information collection would be conducted through deskwork and visit to the member countries. The results of the information gathering will be used for mapping and assessment by indices of the status of the critical fishing grounds in the region.

                This activity will also investigation of existing information and research works on the effective designs/models and methodologies for the resource enhancement tools/practices used in various fisheries habitat will be conducted. Information collection would be conducted through deskworkand designs/models experiment.

                This activity includes workshops as well as expert consultations to identify appropriate and effective resources enhancement tools and measures for  fisheryresources enhancement and habitats conservation.

 

Objective 2 : Human resources development for implementation of fisheries resources enhancement and habitat conservation measures

     Activity 2 : Technical assistance in pilot project sites and capacity building on rehabilitation of fisheries resources and habitats/fishing grounds

                In this activity, selected onsite study and evaluation on enhancement practices including artificial reefs impact to fisheries resources and environment are conducted in selected pilot project site of member countries.The pilot site selection will be decide following the discussion at the project inception workshop.

                In order to develop strategies and actions in rehabilitating the critical fishing grounds as practical management measures, critical fishing grounds will be selected for diagnosing fishing grounds and monitoring the achievements of rehabilitation program in selected pilot sites such as sea grass beds for fisheries resources in member countries.The pilot site selection will be decide following the discussion at the project inception workshop.

                Also Case studies on the selected priority important fisheries ecosystem identified and evaluated in cooperation with member countries, will be conducted including a case study by SEAFDEC on identification and evaluation of fisheries ecosystem in the fresh water reservoir in member countries.

                Capacity building on theory and methodology of fisheries resources and habitats/fishing grounds would be provided through a training course and study trip to transfer of assistance both in terms of technical and management aspects to member countries in order to enhance their capacities and awareness of fishery resources rehabilitation and habitats/fishing grounds practices.

 

Objective 3 : Disseminating and promoting fisheries resources enhancement and habitat conservation measures suitable for Southeast Asia

     Activity 3 : Promotion and extension on rehabilitation of fisheries resources and habitat/ fishing grounds in ASEAN Region

                Documentation of the best practices of the project implementation will be carry out, which can be used as inputs in the preparation of IEC (information, education and communication) materials for dissemination in the region.

                The regional seminar is primarily aimed at reviewing the impact of project and disseminating the modality of the project operation and resultant outcomes to other SEAFDEC member countries. The project activities and its outcomes during its 4.5 years’ implementation are described in detail by the responsible parties. In addition, the impacts of the respective activity and expected follow-up actions after the termination of the project are also highlighted.

                 

Achievements of  2015 the Project Implementation 

Regional Inception workshop for JTF-6 program on the promotion of sustainable fisheries resources enhancement measures in critical habitats/fishing grounds in Southeast Asia, Pattaya, Thailand, 31 July 2105.

Workshop adopted the following general recommendations, and country-specific recommendations.

1)   The expected outcomes of the Project should be determined in the plan to identify specific activities, output indicators, and the required data and information to be used for regular monitoring and determination of the success of the Project, and adjustment of the plan if and when necessary,

2)   Compilation of information and development of database that could be referred to by Member Countries,

3)   The adopted country-specific recommendations include the way forward and support required by the countries in sustaining their activities on resources enhancement and rehabilitation.

 

The seminar on Andaman province dog conch resources management measures was conducted at Krabi Province, Thailand.

The meeting were participated by 70 participants from stakeholders representatives from 6 province in Andaman Sea, Department of Fisheries Officers, and SEAFDEC Training Department staffs. The meeting agree to ban on harvesting of under-sized dog conch shell less than 6 cm. Only hand collecting of dog conch is allowed. Using dredges or trawl net, push net with or without motorized boat are prohibited. Diving by air supplied equipment or tanks to collect dog conch are prohibited. Dog conch conservation zone in seagrass beds area were proposed by all Andaman provinces. The permanent dog conch conservation area were established by local fishing community at Sribiya island, Krabi province, and Muk island, Trang province. Conservation area at Sarai island, Satun province is under consideration by local fishing communityfor demarcation.

Achievements of  2016 the Project Implementation 

Regional Inception workshop for JTF-6 program on the promotion of sustainable fisheries resources enhancement measures in critical habitats/fishing grounds in Southeast Asia.

Workshop adopted the following general recommendations, and country-specific recommendations.

  1. The expected outcomes of the Project should be determined in the plan to identify specific activities,  output indicators, and the required data and information to be used for regular monitoring and determination of the success of the Project, and adjustment of the plan if and when necessary,
  2. Compilation of information and development of database that could be referred to by Member Countries,

The adopted country-specific recommendations include the way forward and support required by the countries in sustaining their activities on resources enhancement and rehabilitation.