Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD)


SEAFDEC/TD conducted a preliminary inspection of the fish passage construction at the Hauy Wang Chang Weir in Sangkom District, Udonthani Province, Thailand from 12 to 15 June 2020. The fish passage was constructed under the project of “Implementing the Lower Mekong Fish Passage Initiative in Cambodia, Thailand, and Viet Nam” supported by USAID – DOI. The inspection was intended to evaluate the performance of the fish passage during the rainy season right after it was constructed. The water flow, endurance of crushed stone bottom of the exit channel, and efficiency to allow fish to migrate up-stream were observed. Moreover, the crushed stone bottom was firmly fixed and did not sink or slid away from the original layout. Even though it was only an initial observation, the seven fish species (i.e., Labriobarbus siamensis, Trichohodus pectoralis, Mystus mysticetus, Esomus longimana, Rasbora spilocerca, Channa striata, and Rasbora aurotaenia) which were sampled after two days indicated the efficiency of the fish passage. On the other hand, the water way beside the fish passage that serve as ramp for small fishes should be improved.

Fish passage, also known as a fish ladder fishway, or fish steps, is a structure on or around artificial and natural barriers (such as dams, locks and waterfalls) to facilitate diadromous fishes' natural migration as well as movements of potamodromous species. Most fishways enable fish to pass around the barriers by swimming and leaping up a series of relatively low steps (hence the term ladder) into the waters on the other side. The velocity of water falling over the steps has to be great enough to attract the fish to the ladder, but it cannot be so great that it washes fish back downstream or exhausts them to the point of inability to continue their journey upriver.

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The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) welcomed thirty-two students (10 males and 22 females) from the Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University who learned in the subject of Coastal Navigation including two (2) lecturers for a study visit on 13 March 2020. The aim of visiting was to increase knowledge and experience through practiced on coastal navigation outside the study room. The introduction of SEAFDEC and Departments was presented as a promotion of organization activities in the region. The students also had a chance of visiting TD facilities such as the fishing workshop, library, and M.V.SEAFDEC 2. Moreover, skip boat control was practiced for all students in Chao Phraya River undertook care and assisted by SEAFDEC staff.

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The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized “The Training Course on Inland Fishing Gear” from 24 to 28 February 2020 at SEAFDEC/TD, Samut Prakan, Thailand. There were 32 fisheries officers (20 males and 12 females) from Inland Fisheries Research and Development Division, Department of Fisheries (DOF), Thailand participated in the said Training. The training course was requested by DOF, Thailand’s main aims to impart knowledge on basic fishing gear through skill development of baseline survey for inland fishing gear. The course methodology consisted of lectures, practice, and study trip. In the end, the participants were expected to understand basic inland fishing gear and can apply this knowledge to their job relevant to baseline survey on inland fishing gear.

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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.

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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).

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