The workshop on the introduction of electronic ASEAN Catch Document Scheme (eACDS) was organized by the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) in cooperation with Fisheries Administration (FiA), Cambodia from 17 to 19 February 2020 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There were thirty participants from FiA Central in Phnom Penh, Koh Kong, Kep, and Preah Sihanouk Provinces and SEAFDEC attended this workshop. The Workshop aimed to introduce eACDS application to relevant agencies. All participants had a chance to discuss and familiarized themselves with the demonstration of eACDS application in the part of the port in port out through request and issuance of the Catch Declaration (CD). The pilot site will be selected by FiA for the implementation of eACDS soon. Moreover, the importance of Key Data Elements (KDEs) for eACDS database through eACDS implementation plan for 2020 was conducted.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized “The Technical Ad Hoc Meeting on Marine Debris in Thailand” on 29 January 2020 at SEAFDEC/TD, Samut Prakan, Thailand. There were 15 participants (11 Males and 4 Females) from Japan, Thailand, SEAFDEC Secretariat, and SEAFDEC/TD participated in this Meeting. The aims of this Meeting are establishing collaboration between Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) Program, understanding project detail, SEAFDEC’s role, and implementation plan of “Formation of a Center of Excellence for Marine Plastic Pollution Studies in the Southeast Asian Seas” and establishing and strengthening the marine debris researcher networks.
The Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) is a Japanese government program that promotes international joint research. The program is structured as collaboration between the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), which provides competitive research funds for science and technology projects, and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), which provides competitive research funds for medical research and development, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which provides development assistance (ODA).
Two (2) representatives from the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) participated in the “Electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability (eCDT) Technology Showcase for Marine and Freshwater Fisheries Management in the Mekong Region.” This Workshop was organized by the USAID Ocean Partnership project from 14-16 January 2020 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The objectives of the workshop are 1) to introduce the purpose, costs, and benefits of using eCDT technologies, and share USAID Oceans learning site knowledge and lessons regarding the testing and implementation of these technologies; 2) provide an opportunity for technology company partners to ‘showcase’ their available eCDT technologies with fisheries managers from the Mekong region; and 3) develop country-level national CDT roadmaps for testing and implementing eCDT technologies in Lao PDR. There were thirty (30) participants from Lao PDR National and Provincial fisheries managers, SEAFDEC, representatives from private technology and fishing companies that have developed or implemented the available eCDT technologies and USAID Oceans staff and technical consultants. In this Workshop, SEAFDEC introduced the electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS) as a tool to prevent the entry of fish and fishery products from IUU fishing activities into the Supply Chain. The eACDS activities can be implemented in many good practices such as responsible fishing, labor control (if required), good fish handling, and food safety which link to the good governance and enhance the healthy ecosystem approach, sustainable resources management, and enhance human well-being.
The special activity “SEAFDEC Mini-marathon: Fisherman Run-Save the SEA” was organized on 8 December 2019 by the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) at TD office, Samut Prakan, Thailand. The main objective will donate incomes from this activity to schools around TD as a scholarship and buying medical equipment for Prasamutchedi Sawathayanon hospital. According to this objective, SEAFDEC/TD gave scholarships to six (6) schools around SEAFDEC/TD, namely: 1) Pomprachunlajomklao School, 2) Wat Trimitwararam School, 3) Wat Khae School, 4) Wat Laem Fa Pha School, 5) Wat Sri Kongkaram School, and 6) Ban Khun Samut Thai School on 10 January 2020. Moreover, three (3) items of medical equipment were donated to Prasamutchedi Sawathayanon hospital on 13 January 2020. The total donation is Baht 318,700 (scholarship is Baht 120,000 and medical equipment is Baht 198,770).
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) joined Thailand at its 2020 celebration of the National Children’s Day on 11 January at the Prachunlajomklao Navy Dockyard at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. TD put on displayed information and game under the theme of fishery resources conservation. Several groups of children, guided by their chaperons were attracted to the TD activities.
The National Children’s Day in Thailand is traditionally organized on the second Saturday of the year. It largely receives widespread attention to the public, mostly 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.