The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) under-supported by the Japanese Trust Fund (JTF) convened the Regional Workshop on Fisheries Resource Enhancement and Habitat Conservation Measures in Southeast Asian in Kep Province, Cambodia on 9-12 December 2019 which aimed to disseminate the results of the Study on Enhancement of Sustainable Management of the Blue Swimming Crab Fisheries to local stakeholders and SEAFDEC Member Countries and exchange information and experiences on resource enhancement activities from other SEAFDEC Member Countries and resource persons. Furthermore, the workshop was participated by SEAFDEC staff, SEAFDEC Member Countries, Resource persons from Japan Fisheries Research Agency and Hokkaido University, and Local staff and local villagers from Cambodia coastal provinces (Koh Kong, Sihanoukville, Kompot, and Kep), therefore, a total of 52 participants, composed of 14 Women and 38 Men. Finally, the Workshop had combined the lessons learned from the project, Member Countries, resource persons, and other projects as a way forward for sustainable project activities for recommendation to current and next project on resource enhancement.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, Myanmar organized on-site training on the use of the electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS) from 9 to 13 December 2019 in Yangon, Myanmar. There were 18 participants who conduct on the port in port out control and issuance for Catch Declaration (CD), Movement Document (MD), and Catch Certification (CC) and seven (7) ACDS working team from SEAFDEC/TD attended in this Training. The training focused on the use of eACDS application in the part of the port in port out until issuance of CD. Moreover, importance of Key Data Elements (KDEs) for eACDS database and verification of eACDS application through eACDS implementation plan for 2020 were conducted.
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.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized “SEAFDEC Mini-marathon: Fisherman Run-Save the SEA” on 8 December 2019 at TD office, Samut Prakan, Thailand to encourage and strengthen the health of SEAFDEC staff and the public through promoting SEAFDEC visibility. More than 1,000 runners and walkers joined in this activity. The incomes from this activity were donated to nine (9) schools around TD as scholarship and also donated to Prasamutchedi Sawathayanon hospital to buy medical equipment.
There was twelve staff from International Justice Mission (IJM) Foundation, Thailand visited the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) on 8 November 2019. The SEAFDEC and Department role and implementation activities were introduced through the introduction of fishing gear technology and fishing vessel also discussed. The visitors observed SEAFDEC/TD facilities, especially M.V.Pralang which is a prototype of the fishing vessel to raise awareness of the overall best fishing practice ensuring the crew safety, health, work, and their living conditions are being provided in an acceptable manner. The IJM Foundation is a global organization with a plan to eliminate the slave trade.