The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) as the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) for the SEAFDEC/UNEP/GEF Project on the Establishment and Operation of a Regional System of Fisheries Refugia in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand organized “The Seventh Meeting of the Regional Scientific and Technical Committee (RSTC7)” from 8 to 10 November 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The RSTC7 aimed to finalize all achievements/outputs at national and regional levels, including reviewing lessons learned and the way forward by the project’s end. There were 24 participants (8 females and 16 males) who are national scientific and technical focal points from 6 implementing countries, and representatives from SEAFDEC/TD and SEAFDEC/MFRDMD participated in the meeting.
This project entitled “Establishment and Operation of a Regional System of Fisheries Refugia in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand” was developed to meet this need via the fisheries component of the Strategic Action Program for the South China Sea. Executed regionally by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) in partnership with the government agencies responsible for fisheries in the six participating countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.