The SEAFDEC Training Department in collaboration with SEAFDEC Secretariat organized the Experts Meeting on Regional Cooperation to Support the Implementation of Port State Measures in Southeast Asian Region from 2 to 4 February 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Forty two participants who is representative from SEAFDEC Member Countries, SEAFDEC, FAO, USAID and relevant agencies participated in the Meeting. The Meeting came up with 1) identified issues for harmonization to support the implementation of PSM in the region and 2) concept proposal on regional cooperation to support the implementation of Port State Measures to be addressed at the Council and high-level under the ASEAN mechanism.
The SEAFDEC Training Department in collaboration with SEAFDEC-Sweden Project has been organizing “The 1st Regional Training Workshop on Larval Fish Identification and Fish Early-Life History Science” from 1 to 13 February 2016 at TD office, Samut Prakan. Fifteen young fishery researcher/ biologists from fisheries agencies of four participating countries, namely Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam participated in this training workshop. Basic knowledge on the process of conducting larval fish survey and practical experience on larval fish identification up to family level was provide during the course.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) in collaboration with the SEAFDEC Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD) and SEAFDEC-Sweden Project organized the Regional Training Course on Stock Assessment (First Level) from 29 January to 5 February 2016 at Rayong Province, Thailand. Twenty trainees from countries around the Gulf of Thailand includes Myanmar who take responsible on the study of fisheries stock, i.e. anchovy, Indo-Pacific mackerel, tuna and etc. attended in the course. In this level, basic knowledge of fisheries biology was imparted to trainees to capacity building on data collection, biostatistics sampling techniques and fishery biology related with stock assessment.
Foreseeing the importance of fisheries to Thailand and its future generations, the SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) availed its opportunity on the 2016 National Children’s Day on 9 January 2016 for staging an exhibition on marine capture fisheries that focused on responsible fishing. Despite the dramatic changes in consumer’s behaviors in the past decades, the staples of fish and rice have unfailingly featured the Thai dishes.
TD in collaboration with the Fish Marketing Organization (FMO) and Navy joined to organize the 2016 Nation Children’s Day at Pathumthani Provincial Cooperative Office and at the Prachunlajomklao Navy Dockyard, Samut Prakan Province respectively—brought out on display a booth filled with posters and pamphlets on responsible fishing and sea turtle conservation. More than 7,000 children showed up at the TD booth where they asked questions and obtained informational materials of their interest.
The National Children’s Day in Thailand is traditionally organized on the second Saturday of the year. It largely receives a widespread attention by the public, especially most government organizations, especially the Prime Minister, and military that staged their impressive shows for the benefits of children as a contribution to the future of the nation.