Three (3) staff of SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) who conducts in the project of reducing IUU fishing participated in “The 12th Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices including Combating IUU Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU) Coordination Committee Meeting” from 26 to 28 November 2019 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. At the meeting, the representative from SEAFDEC presented “The Progress of SEAFDEC Initiatives toward the Support on Implementation of the RPOA-IUU in ASEAN.” The presentation focused on SEAFDEC implementation activities to combat IUU Fishing in the region such as Regional Fishing Vessels Record (RFVR), Capacity building and supporting implement of Port State Measure (PSM), electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS) and so on. The Meeting was attended by 53 participants from RPAO-IUU Member Countries and other international organizations such as SEAFDEC, INTERPOL, NOAA, CSIRO, and EU.
The Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices Including Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Region was endorsed by Ministers responsible for fisheries in Bali, Indonesia in May 2007. There were eleven (11) countries i.e: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, and four (4) regional fisheries organizations provided technical advice and assistance, i.e FAO/Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC), the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC), InfoFish and WorldFish Center. The objectives of RPOA are to enhance and strengthen the overall level of fisheries management in the region, to sustain fishery resources and the marine environment, also to optimize the benefit of adopting responsible fishing practices. The actions cover conservation of fishery resources and their environment, managing fishing capacity, and combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the areas of Sub-Regional Southern and Eastern of the South China Sea and Sulu-Sulawesi Seas (SESCS SSS), Sub-Regional Gulf of Thailand, and Sub-Regional Arafura-Timor Seas.