The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) joined National Fishery Exhibition in Thailand “Pramong Nomklao” which was organized by the Department of Fisheries, Thailand from 28 June to 7 July 2019 at the Future Park Department Store, Pathumthani Province, Thailand. This year, SEAFDEC/TD presented the subject of “Automatic Squid Jigging” at the exhibition. Moreover, the sample of squids in Thailand was presented to impart knowledge on biology and life cycle to the audiences through promoting SEAFDEC activities via information materials such as technical publications, brochures, and fishery-related souvenirs. Finally, all incomes collected from the fair will be donated to the famous Chulabhorn Research Institute for its cancer research.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries (DOF), Thailand conducted the study on economic of Thai Purse seine fishing: Case study on Thai Purse seine fishing equipped with auxiliary equipment by using the Power block system (a kind of mechanized winch for hauling the fishing net) for hauling net from 22 to 26 April 2019 in Pattani Province and 16 to 17 June 2019 in Trat Province. The cost and return data collection were carried out by interviewing the purse seine fishing boat owner who initiated to apply installation crane and power block equipment for hauling net replace manually. In order to understand the worthiness on the performance of Thai purse seine fishing when equipped with this system as well as Thai purse seine fishing found the problem on shortage of labor force to operate fishing. This issue is interesting to find the alternative ways to reduce the number of fishing labor in fisheries sector.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) had organized “The Sixty-second Short-term Training Course of University Students on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM)” from 4 to 14 June 2019 at Training Department, aims to build up and give awareness on responsible fishing for sustainable fisheries to young generation. Twenty-six (26) students (9 males and 17 females) from five (5) universities in Thailand and a university in Japan such as Kasetsart University, Burapha University (Bangsan Campus and Chantaburi Campus), Prince of Songkla University, Chulalongkorn University, and Hokkaido University participated in this training course. The course specifically designed for students to gain knowledge, practice and experience on the concept and principle of EAFM, fishery management in Thailand and Japan, basic of fishery oceanographic survey, fishing gear, 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 Phetchaburi Province. All of these activities made them to be empowering and developing including establishment of network in the future.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized “The Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Training Course” from 27 to 31 May 2019 in Chiangmai Province, which is located at the northern part of Thailand. There were twenty Thai Fisheries Officers who conduct on fishery management, human capacity development in fisheries field, and fishery extension. This training course focused on integration of EAFM concept to develop fishery management plan, management of problem issue, solves conflict and encourages the participation of fishery stakeholder. The training methodology emphasized on group discussion including participation among participants and resource persons. At the end, the participants were expected to apply knowledge and experiences from this training for their work which relevant to fishery management.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) organized the “Workshop on key stakeholders’ engagement, problem identification and fisheries management plan development” from 15 to 17 May 2019 in Krabi Province, Thailand. The Workshop aims to build up human capacity on Application of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) through the activities implementation of fisheries management plan by encouraging the key stakeholders to participate in fisheries activities. There were 30 participants who are fishery officers and key stakeholders of fisheries in Krabi Province participated in this Workshop. The Workshop expected that the participants can make fisheries management plan for their area and/or province.