SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized the “Regional Training Course on Energy Optimization for Fishing Vessels and Optimal Post-Harvest Fish Handling Techniques” from 27 November to 1 December 2023 in SEAFDEC/TD, Samut Prakan, Thailand. Twenty-four participants from ASEAN Member States attended this training. The training's main aim is to enhance the technical knowledge of fuel efficiency methods, including the monitoring of fuel consumption during fishing activities. The training provided up-to-date information on the best practices and innovative technologies for optimizing fuel usage, enabling participants to make informed decisions regarding fuel efficiency measures via lecture and discussion by resource persons from SEAFDEC/TD, Fisheries Research Agency (FRA), Japan, Department of Fisheries, Thailand, Kasetsart University, and Prince of Songkla University who are expertise on energy optimization, fish handling, and preservation technique, good practice, and hygiene control. Moreover, demonstrations, practices, and discussions on this matter were conducted. This training is an activity under the project “Responsible Fishing Technology and Practice”.
SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized “The Regional Technical Meeting on Responsible Fishing: The Abandoned, Lost or otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG) and Marking of Fishing Gear” from 15 to 17 November 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting aims to enhance human resources capacity building on the ALDFG and Fishing Gear Marking, update and share information on the national policies, research activities and best practices on the ALDFG and Fishing Gear Marking, including identifying the challenge and way forward to combatting ALDFG and promotion on the marking of fishing gear in Southeast Asia. Forty-five participants who are fishing gear technologists and researchers from ASEAN Member States (AMSs), Fishing Technologists from SEAFDEC/TD, IFRDMD, MFRDMD, and other international organizations such as FAO and UNEP participated in the meeting. The expected output is the technical report on international, regional, and national policies on ALDFG and Marking of Fishing Gear including best practices, research, trial, and awareness building on ALDFG and Marking of Fishing Gear, through a summary of the way forward to combatting ALDFG and promoting the marking of fishing gear in Southeast Asia which will subsequently be used for knowledge sharing and dissemination among AMSs. This meeting is an activity under the project “Responsible Fishing Technology and Practice”.
SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized the “Regional Training Course on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982) in Fisheries Perspective” from 6 to 9 November 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. Fifty-one (51) participants from AMSs attended this training. The training invited Ms.Charlotte Salpin, Mr.Michele Ameri, Ms.Rachel Lucas from Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS),United Nations, Ms.Minmin Lei from FAO/Rome, Ms. Angela Lentisco from FAO/RAP, Mr.Ichiro Nomura, Special Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for International Affairs (Fisheries) of the Japanese Government, and Mr.Ganesan Vethiah, Vetted MCS Expert/ Fisheries Law and Enforcement Expert, Malaysia as resource persons. The training subjects focused on 1) UNCLOS and UN Fish Stock, 2) Enforcement of International and Domestic Fisheries Laws: Case Studies, 3) Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) Agreement, 4) International Instruments of the Implementation of the Provision of the UNCLOS Relating to Fisheries Perspective through Prevent Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing, and 5) Implement of FAO and fishery bodies in UNCLOS and other agreement. The outputs of training are expected on 1) enhancing the capacity and knowledge of fisheries officers from ASEAN Member States (AMSs) in relation to UNCLOS 1982 and its implications for fisheries, and 2) sharing information on the National Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (NPOA-IUU) and international agreements related to IUU fishing.
As requested by the Faculty of International Maritime Studies, Kasetsart University, Sriracha Campus, “Tailor-made Training Course on Marine Steering Gear System” was organized by SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) for 13 students from 13 to 19 November 2023 at SEAFDEC/TD, Samut Prakan, Thailand. This training aims to build capacity for understanding and increase knowledge through experience in marine steering gear systems. The lecture on steering principles, steering gear electrical control, hydraulic power-operated rudder systems, and hydraulic power rotary pumps was imparted by the second engineer of M.V. SEAFDEC and his team. Moreover, the student had a chance to visit M.V. SEAFDEC and practice on steering gear system in M.V. SEAFDEC. The student can apply knowledge and experience from this training for their job in the future.
Four staff from the SEAFDEC Training Department who are responsible for the electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS) were invited from the Department of Fisheries (DOF), Malaysia for technical assistance on the training course on the use of eACDS application from 12-14 September 2023 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The training was organized by DOF, Malaysia, and supported by The ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the European Union Plus Malaysia (ARISE Plus Malaysia) Project. The training aims to impart knowledge on the use of eACDS application for the traceability of fish and fishery products which supports inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Malaysia through international trade and economic integration. Fifteen participants who are responsible for information technology officers of DOF, Malaysia attended the training. The participants were expected to be the trainers to impart knowledge on the use of eACDS application for DOF staff and stakeholders in the future.
In addition, four SEAFDEC/TD on eACDS team were invited for technical assistance as the same subject of the training for DOF, Malaysia staff in Kuala Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu, and Perlis which will be organized from 24 to 27 September 2023, 23 to 26 October 2023, and 20 to 23 November 2023 respectively.
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