The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) gave a warm welcome to 25 master’s students in Fisheries at the Central Institute Fisheries Education (CIFE) in Mumbai, India who attended the training program in the Aquaculture & Aquatic Resources Management (AARM), School of Environment, Resources and Development of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 18 January 2023. In this regard, SEAFDEC/TD introduced SEAFDEC’s role and mission in the region through lectures about the classification of fishing gear in Southeast Asia, and human resources development on fishery management in Southeast Asia. Moreover, all delegations observed the Fishing Workshop, Engineering Workshop, and M.V.SEAFDEC to gain experience of its research and training facilities.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) joined Thailand at its 2023 celebration of the National Children’s Day on 14 January at the Prachunlajomklao Navy Dockyard at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. TD put on displayed information and game under the theme of fishery resources conservation. Several groups of children, guided by their chaperons, were attracted to the SEAFDEC/TD activities.
The National Children’s Day in Thailand is traditionally organized on the second Saturday of the year. It largely receives widespread attention to the public, mostly government organizations, especially the Prime Minister, and the military that staged their impressive shows for the benefits of children as a contribution to the future of the nation.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized “The Regional Practical Training Course on Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) for Aquaculture” from 6 to 9 December 2022 at SEAFDEC/TD, Samut Prakan, Thailand. The training aimed to enhance the capacity of human resources (junior fisheries officers and researchers) on the utilization of GIS and RS for aquaculture in order to apply GIS and RS data analysis concept and techniques for the coastal aquaculture planning and management. There were 19 participants from AMSs attended in this training. The resource persons were invited from Kasetsart University and Burapha University, Chanthaburi Campus. This training is an activity under the project “Sustainable Utilization of Fisheries Resources and Resources Enhancement in Southeast Asia”.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) conducted the meeting for “Initially Implementation of electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS) for Small-scale Fisheries Traceability” from 7 to 8 December 2022, at the pilot site of Ban Nainang, Krabi Province, Thailand. There were 41 participants including 27 women and 14 men, composed of SEAFDEC, fishery officers from Department of Fisheries (Headquarters and Krabi Province), fishers, and the private sector. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the need of the small-scale fisheries in the part of Catch Declaration (CD) to enhance value of fisheries products and marketing in a pilot site of Ban Nainang village. The SEAFDEC/TD introduced and demonstrated on the use of eACDS in the part of Catch Declaration which cover catch report at sea and e-logbook. Furthermore, SEAFDEC/TD and fishery officers brainstormed in identifying the possibility and Key Data Elements (KDEs) for eACDS application. The participants interested and appreciated to use this application for enhancing value of fisheries products and marketing. This activity is an activity under the project “Small-scale Fisheries Management for Better Livelihood and Fisheries Resources”.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized “The Regional Workshop to Exchange Information on Catch Documentation Scheme and Traceability of Fish and Fishery Products” from 29 to 30 November 2022, at SEAFDEC/TD, Samut Prakan, Thailand. There were 40 participants who are responsible for the traceability of fish and fishery products activities in ASEAN Member States (AMSs) through the invited speakers from other international organizations such as the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), Seafood Alliance for Legality & Traceability (SALT project), FAO and USAID attended in this workshop. In the end, the workshop came up with updated information and implementation on traceability of fish and fishery products activities to combat IUU fishing, and the way forward to implementation traceability of fish and fishery products of SEAFDEC Member Countries. This workshop is an activity under the project “Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Enhancing National Capacities to Eliminate IUU Fishing in Southeast Asia”.