A staff of SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) from combating IUU fishing team was invited to participate and present on the topic of “Countermeasures to Combating IUU Fishing in ASEAN” in “The 7th event in the Zoom-enabled Maritime Discussion Series being delivered in partnership with The Pacific Forum” which organized by Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) on 4 September 2020 via Zoom platform. The introduction and promotion of SEAFDEC organization were presented through SEAFDEC activities to combat IUU fishing in ASEAN particularly regional cooperation to support Port State Measures (PSM), status, and need to support implementation in PSM in the region.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, Brunei Darussalam organized the “Online Training on the Use of Electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation System (eACDS) Application” from 2 to 3 September 2020 via Google Meet platform. This training was focused on the part of the Catch Declaration (CD) and Movement Document (MD) for 10 relevant fisheries officers. The introduction on eACDS application version 2 was imparted to participants through a demonstration on the use of this application in the part of the CD and MD step by step. Moreover, the participants practiced the use of this application for their understanding. The training expected that the participants will be a trainer to impart this application for fishermen and stakeholders to use eACDS application.
The eACDS application is the traceability of fish and fishery products from fishing to plate. It will be used by relevant authorities, fisherman, and buyers. The eACDS application was implemented based on webpage and mobile app.
The “Sub-regional Consultation Teleworkshop on Developing a Plan of Activity for Transboundary Fisheries Resources” was organized by the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) from 27 to 28 August 2020 via Google Meet platform at SEAFDEC/TD’s office, Samut Prakan, Thailand. This Teleworkshop focused to develop a plan of activities for transboundary fisheries resources on two (2) main sub-regions as the Gulf of Thailand and Sulu-Sulawesi Seas. There were 37 participants (22 males and 15 females) who are representatives from SEAFDEC Member Countries, resource persons, and SEAFDEC Departments attended in this Teleworkshop. The updated transboundary fisheries resources issues in the Gulf of Thailand and the Sulu-Sulawesi Seas and draft Plan of Activity for the years 2021-2024 through sub-regional working groups for the Gulf of Thailand and the Sulu-Sulawesi Seas were outputs from this Teleworkshop.
The Online Regional Training Course on Sampling Gear Design for Onboard Fisheries Resource Survey was organized by the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) from 31 August to 4 September 2020 at SEAFDEC/TD office via Google Meet platform. This Online Training is a part of SEAFDEC’s initiatives to support the Member Countries for developing the capacities of national human resources to conduct a fisheries resource survey. There were nineteen (19) participants (7 females and 12 males) who attended this activity. The Online Training focused on the introduction and problem of fisheries resource survey, sampling gear selection, fishing gear design, sampling process and data recording, CPUE standardization, and fisheries resource survey design. The Online Training was designed to achieve improved knowledge and gained experience of researchers and fisheries officers of the Member Countries to design sampling gear and plan sampling sites through fisheries resource survey researcher network in the Southeast Asian region.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized the “Teleworkshop on Development and Improvement of Regional Tools for Combating IUU fishing in the Southeast Asia” from 27 to 28 August 2020, back to back with the Teleseminar on Way Forward for Combating IUU Fishing in Southeast Asia, 24 to 26 August 2020. The Teleworkshop were participated by 49 participants from representatives from ASEAN Member States who are responsible for IUU fishing activities in policy-making level, SEAFDEC’s National RFVR Focal Points, and fisheries officers who is responsible in national PSM and port control/inspection. The Teleworkshop mainly discussed on SEAFDEC activities to combat IUU fishing as Regional Fishing Vessels Record (RFVR) and Port State Measures (PSM) and came up with the way forward for the RFVR for vessels 24 meters in length and over including the RFVR for vessels less than 24 meters in length and future actions for the effective and efficient implementation of PSM.