The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) welcomed two master students from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), Japan, and a lecturer from the Faculty of Fishery, Kasetsart University, Thailand on 9 February 2023. The Japanese students joined the collaboration program “Oversea Quality-Assured Education in Asian Nations for Ocean University Students Plus” between TUMSAT and the Faculty of Fishery, Kasetsart University. In this regard, SEAFDEC Department, activities and roles were presented to visitors. Moreover, the visitors had a good opportunity to observe the fishing workshop and M.V.SEAFDEC to increase their knowledge and experience in the fisheries field.
SEAFDEC Participate the FAO Regional Workshop for a Network of Practitioners on Fishery Stock Assessment
Three SEAFDEC staff namely Ms. Pattaratjit Kaewnuratchadaaron, Senior Policy Officer, Dr. Supapong Pattarapongpan, Fishery Oceanographer and Fish Stock Assessment Researcher, and Ms. Suwanee Sayan, Senior Project Planning and Management Officer participated in the FAO Regional Workshop for a Network of Practitioners on Fishery Stock Assessment from 23 to 25 January 2023 in Bangkok (Hybrid format). The workshop aimed at giving a broad background on the status of stock assessment practices in South and Southeast Asia including an overview of the status of stocks in Asia, understanding what assessments are being carried out in Southeast Asia, Southern Asia, and Southern China. The approaches being used to make these assessments; to identify approaches that are best suited to different fisheries within the region, given the current resources available for assessments and level of data collection; identifying human capacity development needs to enhance stock assessments in the region; and for the long-term, to examining the value of forming a network of people for assessing Asian fish stocks and build a community of practice in stock assessment.
During the workshop, Dr. Supapong presented the regional stock assessment conducted by SEAFDEC such as neritic tunas stock assessment, stock assessment in Sulu and Sulawesi Seas (SSS), and related projects e.g. Anguillid eels, Indo-Pacific Mackerels, tagging project, Purse Seine project, etc. In addition, he also served as the facilitator of the Southeast/East Asia group to share and discuss the topic of “Future networking and capacity-building for enhancing stock assessment in Asia” and presented the results from the working group to the Final Plenary Session. After that, the workshop summarized the results from each group to the Plenary Session includes key observations, key technical observations, technical recommendations, communication & economics, regional and sub-regional networking, and other needs related to the stock assessments.
SEAFDEC/TD Joins the Celebration of National Children’s Day
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) joined Thailand at its 2023 celebration of the National Children’s Day on 14 January at the Prachunlajomklao Navy Dockyard at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. TD put on displayed information and game under the theme of fishery resources conservation. Several groups of children, guided by their chaperons, were attracted to the SEAFDEC/TD activities.
The National Children’s Day in Thailand is traditionally organized on the second Saturday of the year. It largely receives widespread attention to the public, mostly government organizations, especially the Prime Minister, and the military that staged their impressive shows for the benefits of children as a contribution to the future of the nation.
SEAFDEC/TD Welcomes AIT Delegation
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) gave a warm welcome to 25 master’s students in Fisheries at the Central Institute Fisheries Education (CIFE) in Mumbai, India who attended the training program in the Aquaculture & Aquatic Resources Management (AARM), School of Environment, Resources and Development of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 18 January 2023. In this regard, SEAFDEC/TD introduced SEAFDEC’s role and mission in the region through lectures about the classification of fishing gear in Southeast Asia, and human resources development on fishery management in Southeast Asia. Moreover, all delegations observed the Fishing Workshop, Engineering Workshop, and M.V.SEAFDEC to gain experience of its research and training facilities.
Promotion of eACDS for Small-scale Fishing in Thailand
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) conducted the meeting for “Initially Implementation of electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS) for Small-scale Fisheries Traceability” from 7 to 8 December 2022, at the pilot site of Ban Nainang, Krabi Province, Thailand. There were 41 participants including 27 women and 14 men, composed of SEAFDEC, fishery officers from Department of Fisheries (Headquarters and Krabi Province), fishers, and the private sector. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the need of the small-scale fisheries in the part of Catch Declaration (CD) to enhance value of fisheries products and marketing in a pilot site of Ban Nainang village. The SEAFDEC/TD introduced and demonstrated on the use of eACDS in the part of Catch Declaration which cover catch report at sea and e-logbook. Furthermore, SEAFDEC/TD and fishery officers brainstormed in identifying the possibility and Key Data Elements (KDEs) for eACDS application. The participants interested and appreciated to use this application for enhancing value of fisheries products and marketing. This activity is an activity under the project “Small-scale Fisheries Management for Better Livelihood and Fisheries Resources”.
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