The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of the Interior (DOI) of United States and Mekong River Commission (MRC) organized the Fish Passage Engineering Design, Construction, Ecology, and Monitoring Workshop from 13 to 16 November 2018 at TD, Samut Prakan province. There were sixty participants from SEAFDEC Member Countries participated in this workshop. The workshop provided technical engineering concepts needed for the selection of appropriate fish passage designs for specific sites, designing fish passes to maximize fish passage success, and construct cost-effective structures with long lifespans; information on developing fish passage criteria, identifying target species understanding river hydrology, evaluating fish swimming abilities, and designing monitoring programs. After the workshop, the participants were able to have an improved understanding of migratory fish ecology, understand the principles of fish passage design, developed a range of fish passage concepts for a given site, critically selected an appropriate entrance location; understanding good and bad designs, critically select an appropriate fish passage design, understand the importance of monitoring programs and the good and bad construction practices and oversight.
Ten staff from the Department of Science Service visited SEAFDEC Training Department (TD), Samut Prakan province on 12 November 2018. The aimed of visiting TD was to increase knowledge about waste water treatment in M.V. SEAFDEC and M.V.SEAFDEC 2. Moreover, the visitors toured around TD facilities such as Fishing and Engineering workshops.
There were forty-four students and one (1) lecturer from Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University visited the SEAFDEC Training Department (TD), Samut Prakan province on 3 November 2018. The aimed of visiting TD were to increase knowledge on Fishing Gear and Fisheries Technology in Southeast Asia and improve their experience on marine fisheries outside the classroom, that have been lectured by the SEAFDEC expert about the Fishing Gear and Fisheries Technology in Southeast Asian Region. Moreover, they had a chance visiting TD facilities such as the fishing workshop and M.V. SEAFDEC. After the visit, the students can adapt and apply the knowledge in the future.
A 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) and Southern Vocational Institute of Agriculture was signed on 25 October 2018 at the premises of TD office in Samut Prakan, Thailand. This MoU covers the program areas of: 1) capacity building and exchange of staff/student, 2) joint development of collaborative research projects, 3) joint development and exchange on information network, 4) collaboration and cooperation between relevant agencies, and 5) enhancement and development of fisheries technologies.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) organized the exhibition to promote the implementation of TD activities on small-scale fisheries in ASEAN through strengthening of visibility and image, and distribute the SEAFDEC technical document and magazine in “The Third World Small-scale Fisheries Congress (WSFC)” which was organized in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 22 to 26 October 2018 with the theme of “Transdisciplinarity and Transformation for the future of small-scale fisheries.” The congress composes of 30 thought-provoking sessions focusing on various aspects of small-scale fisheries. There were 350 delegates from more than 55 countries who have shared knowledge, lessons and experiences on small-scale fisheries through oral and poster presentations, interactive sessions, and panel discussion. The overall goal of the Congress is to facilitate opportunities for researchers, students, young professionals, practitioners, fishers and fishers’ organizations, environmental groups, and policymakers to share information about all aspects of small-scale fisheries and to formulate action plans and capacity development programs to support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines. In this regards, SEAFDEC/TD also shared the lessons on Co-management and gender issue to the Congress.