The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) collaboration with United States Agency International Development (USAID) organized “the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership Technical Working Group Training and Workshop from 12 to 14 July 2016 at Bangkok, Thailand. The aims to formally introduce the Technical Working Groups from each partner fisheries organization and commence the work together as one regional and cohesive team. Eighty four participants from Asian Member States, SEAFDEC, USAID team attended in the Workshop. The Workshop came up with clear and agreed for project implement activities, roles and responsibilities of the Technical Working Group members, alignment of work plan in year two with country specific tasks through training materials with relevant activities.
Five staff from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) visited the SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) facilities as M.V.SEAFDEC, fishing and engineering workshop on 8 July 2016. Moreover, the discussion on collaboration activities and assistance in the future was raised up such as Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM), Port State Measures (PSM) and database management for oceanographic survey.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) joined the Thai Department of Fisheries in staging a fisheries exhibition at the annual national fair “Pramong Nomklao” organized this year at the Future Park Department Store in Pathumthani Province, just north of Bangkok. At the 10-day exhibition beginning 1 July 2016, TD presents “Fish passage for sustainable fisheries resources” as a research project which conducted by TD. In this regard, the model of fish passage was shown for more understand of audiences. Moreover, the distribution of various technical publications, brochures, VCDs and fishery-related souvenirs to the audiences, the SEAFDEC visibility was promoted.
The Second Regional Training Workshop on Larval Fish Identification and Fish Early Life History Science was organized by the SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) from 4 to 14 July 2016 at TD office, Samut Prakan, Thailand. Nineteen participants from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam who attended the First Regional Training Workshop as basic course participated in this Training Workshop. This advance course is focused on identification of Engraulid and Scombrid larval up to genus or species level. The participants were expected to understand on larval fish terminology, the techniques of larval fish identification and illustration which can be applied for their job.
The Oceans and Fisheries technical team of the project from USAID and SEAFDEC made a series of country visits to Brunei Darussalam (13-14 June 2016), Myanmar( 20-21 June 2016), Cambodia (23-24 June 2016) and Lao PDR (30 June to 1 July 2013) to meet with their competent fisheries authorities for further discussion on the project and updates of the progress made including meeting with the Technical Working Group (TWG) and relevant personal and also visit fish landing sites/ ports.
The Oceans and Fisheries Project under supported by USAID which have fully supported by all SEAFDEC Council Directors in the 48th Council Meeting in Nha Trang, Viet Nam to be implemented under ASSP/FCG Program of SEAFDEC.