SEAFDEC Training Department supports and co-organizes with the Department of Fisheries, Thailand, and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) for the “2nd Workshop on the Innovation of Fisheries Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance (MCS) Analytics, and Utilization for Fisheries Analyst” from 19 to 23 February 2024 at the Training Department in Samut Prakan Province, Thailand. This Workshop aims to develop the knowledge and experience of fisheries officers from the Department of Fisheries of Thailand. Thirty-four (34) participants from the relevant Divisions of the Department of Fisheries of Thailand, namely: Fisheries Foreign Affairs Division, Fishing and Fleets Management Division, Fishing Control and Surveillance Division, Fish Quarantine and Fishing Vessel Inspection Division, Marine Fisheries Research and Development Division attended in the Workshop. In the Workshop, observing onboard standards and requirements, Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) identification, Electronic Monitoring (EM) program, Vessels Monitoring System (VMS) program, and MCS innovative technology to support fisheries surveillance were discussed. Moreover, a representative from SEAFDEC/TD, Mr. Kongpathai Saraphaivanich was invited to present on the subject “International/ Regional Cooperation Role of SEAFDEC for Enhancing MCS Practice".
SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized the workshop to follow up on the Ecosystem Approach Fisheries Management (EAFM) implementation in Ranong Province from 13 to 14 December 2023 under the project on Small-scale Fisheries Management for Better Livelihood and Fisheries Resources. The workshop aimed to discuss on the 1) progress of activity under EAFM plan such as fish processing and squid bank, 2) identify the challenges and seek for the opportunity to implement the activity to support the community for sustainable fisheries management. The workshop was participated by 14 participants from Ranong Provincial Fisheries officers, Ranong Marine Research and Development Center, local fishers and key stakeholders (male 5, female 9). Moreover, the site visit was conducted to observe the fish processing activity and squid Bank including providing technical support to the group members. In addition, the fish-releasing activity was conducted to enhance the fisheries resources and build awareness of the local community to conserve the fisheries resources by releasing the Sea Bass fingerling 2,000 fish at Ban Hat Sai Khao village, Ranong Province.
SEAFDEC, led by the Policy and Program Coordinator, Dr. Worawit Wanchana from SEAFDEC Secretariat on behalf of the Secretary-General and four (4) representatives from SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) namely Mr. Kongpathai Saraphaivanich, Ms. Panitnard Weerawat, Dr. Nopporn Manajit, and Ms. Suwanee Sayan took part in the Regional Inception Meeting the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project Phase II (BOBLME II) from 12 to 13 December 2023 and back-to-back the First Regional Project Steering Committee Meeting of the BOBLME II project on 14 December 2023 which was conducted in a hybrid format. The Regional Inception Meeting and First Regional Project Steering Committee Meeting were attended by the Project Steering Committee Member (focused on environment and fisheries) and National Coordinator from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the national focal point from Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, and along with representatives from relevant organizations namely Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) of Norway, FAO Headquarters in Rome, BOBLME Adviser Phase I, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP), and three (3) Executing Agencies namely Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation (BOBP-IGO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) were also present. The objectives of the Regional Inception Meeting to share more information about BOBLME II, to provide a forum for project stakeholders to exchange and discuss, to expand cooperation for the project inception phase and to establish the Regional Project Steering Committee (PSC) which will endorse the Year 1 Workplan and Budget for the BOBLME II project during the subsequent First Regional Project Steering Committee Meeting.
At the Regional Inception Meeting, a comprehensive presentation was made, covering the overview and current status of the project, as well as the Project Institutional Arrangements. This was followed by an in-depth discussion on the vision, year 1 roadmap, and proposed implementation approach outlined by the executing agencies. These strategies are slated for implementation in the year 2024. The executing agencies provided insights into the planned workplans and the proposed implementation approach, shedding light on the key initiatives that will be undertaken. Special attention was given to the country-specific visions and remarks regarding opportunities within the framework of BOBLME II. This included a focus on potential areas for implementing activities related to the ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) and Marine Management Areas (MMA) within the participating countries.
At the First Regional Project Steering Committee Meeting, the National Coordinator representing Sri Lanka was elected to assume the role of the Chair, with Mr. R.A.D.S Ranatunga appointed to this position. Additionally, Ms. Wantana Chenkitkosol, the Project Steering Committee Member for Thailand, was elected as the Co-chair of the Project Steering Committee Meeting.
During this meeting, several critical elements were addressed and approved. Firstly, the Terms of Reference for the Project Steering Committee were endorsed, outlining the roles, responsibilities, and operating framework for the committee. Subsequently, the Year 1 Workplan and Budget were approved, providing a clear roadmap for project activities in the initial year of implementation. Additionally, the recommendations from the earlier inception meeting were also endorsed, signifying a collective commitment to the proposed strategies. Then, the Project Steering Committee took note of the upcoming interim and second PSC meeting, scheduled for November 2024. The specific venue for this meeting will be announced at a later date
SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized the “Regional Training Course on Energy Optimization for Fishing Vessels and Optimal Post-Harvest Fish Handling Techniques” from 27 November to 1 December 2023 in SEAFDEC/TD, Samut Prakan, Thailand. Twenty-four participants from ASEAN Member States attended this training. The training's main aim is to enhance the technical knowledge of fuel efficiency methods, including the monitoring of fuel consumption during fishing activities. The training provided up-to-date information on the best practices and innovative technologies for optimizing fuel usage, enabling participants to make informed decisions regarding fuel efficiency measures via lecture and discussion by resource persons from SEAFDEC/TD, Fisheries Research Agency (FRA), Japan, Department of Fisheries, Thailand, Kasetsart University, and Prince of Songkla University who are expertise on energy optimization, fish handling, and preservation technique, good practice, and hygiene control. Moreover, demonstrations, practices, and discussions on this matter were conducted. This training is an activity under the project “Responsible Fishing Technology and Practice”.
SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized “The Regional Technical Meeting on Responsible Fishing: The Abandoned, Lost or otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG) and Marking of Fishing Gear” from 15 to 17 November 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting aims to enhance human resources capacity building on the ALDFG and Fishing Gear Marking, update and share information on the national policies, research activities and best practices on the ALDFG and Fishing Gear Marking, including identifying the challenge and way forward to combatting ALDFG and promotion on the marking of fishing gear in Southeast Asia. Forty-five participants who are fishing gear technologists and researchers from ASEAN Member States (AMSs), Fishing Technologists from SEAFDEC/TD, IFRDMD, MFRDMD, and other international organizations such as FAO and UNEP participated in the meeting. The expected output is the technical report on international, regional, and national policies on ALDFG and Marking of Fishing Gear including best practices, research, trial, and awareness building on ALDFG and Marking of Fishing Gear, through a summary of the way forward to combatting ALDFG and promoting the marking of fishing gear in Southeast Asia which will subsequently be used for knowledge sharing and dissemination among AMSs. This meeting is an activity under the project “Responsible Fishing Technology and Practice”.