The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) in collaboration with National Farmer Council, Department of Fisheries, Thai Fisheries Association, Ministry of Labor, Marine Department, Internal Security Affairs Bureau and Naval Operations Department organized “The Pilot Project on Capacity Building of Thai Crew for Fishing Vessels.” The training was organized from 11 March to 2 April 2018 at TD premises in Samut Prakan and attended by fifteen (15) participants who are Thai Agriculturist. The training was aimed at developing capacity and skill on fishing activities of participants to better understand on fishing operation and can be crew on fishing vessels. Futhermore, the training focused on fishing gear and operation, safety at sea, fishery and labor law. Moreover, the participants had a chance to practice on fishing operation at sea.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) in collaboration with the Directorate of Fisheries (D-Fish) organized the National Workshop on Introduction of Fish Enhancing Devices during 6 to 8 March 2018 in Binh Thuan Province, Viet Nam. There were thirty (30) participants from local fishers of Binh Thuan Province, local fisheries and D-Fish officers’ joined in the Workshop. The workshop was aimed at promoting the utilization of Fish Enhancing Devices (FEDs) for small-scale fisheries through obtaining the national policy and framework on the promotion of Fish Enhancing Devices for small-scale fisheries and information collection of the local Fish Enhancing Devices for small-scale in Binh Thuan Province. Moreover, the participants had a chance to make FEDs and installed in their fishing ground.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) conducted the Workshop on Appropriate New Purse Seine Fishing Vessel Design on 5 March 2018 at TD office, Samut Prakan, Thailand. There were eighteen (18) participants from relevant organizations participated in the said Workshop. The workshop was aimed at promoting /improving awareness on energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas impact from fishing vessels in Southeast Asia, gathering the information for concept of an appropriate fishing vessel design to support fishing vessel’s operation based on fuel efficiency use, safety at sea, improve good working/living conditions and reduction of manpower onboard as well as information dissemination to the fishing fleet. Finally, the workshop came up with conceptual plan from the fleet on an appropriate new purse seine fishing vessel design based on energy efficiency and safety at sea of fishing vessel operation which includes improve good working/living conditions onboard, and vital information and awareness on energy efficiency that will disseminate to capture fishery fleet.
Inauguration of demonstration boat “M.V.Plalung1” was organized on 28 February 2018 at SEAFDEC Training Department. The ceremony was opened by the Director of Department of Fisheries, Thailand and the representatives from Nestle and Thai Union Group PCL. The Demonstration Boat Project was collaborated by the Department of Fisheries (DOF), the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), Thai Union Group, and Nestle. The project aims to raise awareness to the overall best fishing practice ensuring the safety of crew, health, work and their living conditions are being provided in an acceptable manner. “M.V.Plalung1” is a training vessel of the SEAFDEC Training Department, renovated into a demonstration boat, built and equipped with the necessary components to facilitate the need of crews on board. Provided with a proper kitchen area, mess room where everyone can sit down and eat or relax, enclosed rooms for toilets and shower along with a decent sleeping area. Best fishing practices is another objective to this project. The installation of net drum to the rear of this boat is to minimize the amount of labor, operating cost and the speed in cast and retrieve the net. It is to display the efficiency in fishing. The four partners in this project are aware of how significant the fisheries industry is to the country. The hard labor behind this need to be well recognized and treated in the acceptable standards. Improvement in the fishing technologies coupled with a welfare to the crew members will sustain the livelihood to this fisheries industry.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) organized the Practical Workshop on Tuna Stock Assessment for Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna and Skipjack Tuna Resources in Sulu and Sulawesi Seas (SSSs) which focused by CPUE Standardization, Stock Assessments (ASPIC), and Kobe Plot (Stock Status Trajectory Plot). The Workshop was organized from 21 to 24 February 2018 in Malaysia and attended by eight (8) participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Marine Fishery Research and Development Department (MFRDMD). The workshop was aimed at developing human resources on stock assessment through collection of relevant information of yelllowfin, bigeye and skipjack tunas’ in SSSs, and came up with the understanding of researcher on the steps of tuna stock assessments from CPUE Standardization, ASPIC, and Kobe Plot in SSSs. Moreover, the Workshop also came up with recommendations for future activity on stock assessment program of Joint Program on Tuna Research in Sulu and Sulawesi Seas during year 2019-2025.