Two (2) staff from the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) who conducts in combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing project participated in “The Regional Workshop on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Analytics from 4 to 8 November 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This Workshop was organized by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries (DOF), Malaysia. There were forty participants from Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, and ASEAN Member States (AMSs) exclude Singapore through other organizations such as SEAFDEC/TD, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) attended in this Workshop. The workshop focused on increasing awareness of modern data-driven approaches to identifying IUU related issues, including the use of risk modeling to identify likely violations, and potential enforcement action. The process improved oversight of fishing activities across the Southeast Asian region through efficiency for MCS staff at national and regional fisheries management bodies bringing together relevant personnel’s across the region which will help develop a strong cohesive regional network of fishery analysts, information sharing, and foster regional cooperation in the future.
Furthermore, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is an independent Australian federal government agency responsible for scientific research. Its chief role is to improve the economic and social performance of industry for the benefit of the community. Moreover, CSIRO works with leading organizations around the world. From its headquarters in Canberra, CSIRO maintains more than 50 sites across Australia and in France, Chile and the United States, employing about 5500 people. Federally funded scientific research began in Australia 103 years ago. The Advisory Council of Science and Industry was established in 1916 but was hampered by insufficient available finance. In 1926, the research effort was reinvigorated by the establishment of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which strengthened national science leadership and increased research funding. CSIR grew rapidly and achieved significant early successes. In 1949, further legislated changes included re-naming the organization as CSIRO.