The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Directorate of Fisheries (D-Fish) of Viet Nam organized “On-site Training of Trainer on Data Analysis and Extension to Promote Co-management in Viet Nam from 15 to 17 June 2016 at Da Nang City, Viet Nam. The training course aims to support 34 fishery staff at provincial level who is the key persons of co-management in the communities with will utilization of data to formulate the fisheries resources management plan and implementation. Moreover, the course subject also imparted knowledge on extension strategy and components which participants can apply to promote co-management in their province.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) has been organized “The 59th Short-term Training Course of University Students on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM)” from 7 to 17 June 2016 at Training Department, aims to build up and give awareness on responsible fishing for sustainable fisheries to young generation. Twenty seven students from six universities in Thailand and an university in Japan such as Kasetsart University, Burapha University (Bangsan Campus and Chantaburi Campus), Prince of Songkla University, Silpakorn University (Phechaburi Information Technology Campus), Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok (Chantaburi Campus) Hokkaido University participated in training course. The course specifically designed for students to gain knowledge, practicing and experience on the concept and principle of EAFM, fishery management in Thailand and Japan, basic of fishery oceanographic survey, fishing gear and etc outside the Universities. Moreover, they also practice on rope and knotting, simple fishing gear construction through oceanographic survey and responsible fishing operation at sea, fishery community survey in Rayong Province, Eastern part of Thailand. All of these activities made them to be empowering and developing including establishment of network in the future.
The M.V.SEAFDEC 2 left the SEAFDEC Training Department Pier on 5 May 2016 to conduct her mission on national research survey in Kuantan, Malaysia under requirement and cost sharing from the Department of Fisheries, Malaysia. Sixty-six days mission has been carried out oceanographic survey and demersal species sampling by bottom other board trawl in 160 stations
In 2002, the Government of Japan approved the construction of a fishery research and training vessel – M.V. SEAFDEC 2 for conducting fishery resource and oceanographic surveys and training in coastal ASEAN waters, along with procurement of the requisite fishing gear, fishing machinery, and survey equipment. Subsequently, the construction of a research vessel, M.V. SEAFDEC 2, was completed in 2003. Since 2004, research survey on fisheries stock, exploration of fisheries resources, testing of sampling gears, fishery oceanography, and other activities related to marine capture fisheries were conducted by M.V. SEAFDEC 2 in collaboration with the Member Countries. In a broader sense, the achievement of M.V. SEAFDEC 2 includes strengthen technical cooperation for effective fisheries and environmental management in the ASEAN region through the enhancement of research capability.
The Governor of Gifu Prefecture of Japan, Mr.Hajime Furuta and his party paid an official visit to SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) on 27 May 2016. At the welcoming reception, SEAFDEC Secretary-General and Chief of TD Dr. Kom Silapajarn led all SEAFDEC staff to greet the visitor. The role played by SEAFDEC and TD on the regional fisheries development and significant achievements were presented by the Secretary-General to the honorable guest. In this occasion, the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding between SEAFDEC and Gifu Prefecture was carried out to promote educational and technical cooperation for the sustainable development of inland fisheries in the Southeast Asian region.
Subsequently, a tour to observe TD facilities such as fishing workshop, engineering workshop, M.V.SEAFDEC was conducted.
Gifu Prefecture located precisely in the center of Japan, is roughly divided into two regions: Hida in the north and Mino in the south. While the Hida region is defined largely by its grand mountains that rise more than 3,000 meters above sea level and the heavy snow it gets during the winter, the Mino region is characterized by its expansive plains and clear, flowing rivers. This sharp contrast between regions gives Gifu a marvelous variety in scenery and culture that few places can match.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) organized the Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (E-EAFM) in Lao PDR from 25 to 29 April 2016 for ten selected fisheries officers who have good skill and can be EAFM trainer in the future. The training course developed the skill and made participants confident with sustainably guiding E-EAFM concept, strengthen understanding on the E-EAFM in each module through practice them to be EAFM trainers.