The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, Myanmar organized on-site training on the use of the electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS) from 9 to 13 December 2019 in Yangon, Myanmar. There were 18 participants who conduct on the port in port out control and issuance for Catch Declaration (CD), Movement Document (MD), and Catch Certification (CC) and seven (7) ACDS working team from SEAFDEC/TD attended in this Training. The training focused on the use of eACDS application in the part of the port in port out until issuance of CD. Moreover, importance of Key Data Elements (KDEs) for eACDS database and verification of eACDS application through eACDS implementation plan for 2020 were conducted.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized “SEAFDEC Mini-marathon: Fisherman Run-Save the SEA” on 8 December 2019 at TD office, Samut Prakan, Thailand to encourage and strengthen the health of SEAFDEC staff and the public through promoting SEAFDEC visibility. More than 1,000 runners and walkers joined in this activity. The incomes from this activity were donated to nine (9) schools around TD as scholarship and also donated to Prasamutchedi Sawathayanon hospital to buy medical equipment.
Three (3) staff of SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) who conducts in the project of reducing IUU fishing participated in “The 12th Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices including Combating IUU Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU) Coordination Committee Meeting” from 26 to 28 November 2019 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. At the meeting, the representative from SEAFDEC presented “The Progress of SEAFDEC Initiatives toward the Support on Implementation of the RPOA-IUU in ASEAN.” The presentation focused on SEAFDEC implementation activities to combat IUU Fishing in the region such as Regional Fishing Vessels Record (RFVR), Capacity building and supporting implement of Port State Measure (PSM), electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS) and so on. The Meeting was attended by 53 participants from RPAO-IUU Member Countries and other international organizations such as SEAFDEC, INTERPOL, NOAA, CSIRO, and EU.
The Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices Including Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Region was endorsed by Ministers responsible for fisheries in Bali, Indonesia in May 2007. There were eleven (11) countries i.e: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, and four (4) regional fisheries organizations provided technical advice and assistance, i.e FAO/Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC), the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC), InfoFish and WorldFish Center. The objectives of RPOA are to enhance and strengthen the overall level of fisheries management in the region, to sustain fishery resources and the marine environment, also to optimize the benefit of adopting responsible fishing practices. The actions cover conservation of fishery resources and their environment, managing fishing capacity, and combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the areas of Sub-Regional Southern and Eastern of the South China Sea and Sulu-Sulawesi Seas (SESCS SSS), Sub-Regional Gulf of Thailand, and Sub-Regional Arafura-Timor Seas.
There was twelve staff from International Justice Mission (IJM) Foundation, Thailand visited the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) on 8 November 2019. The SEAFDEC and Department role and implementation activities were introduced through the introduction of fishing gear technology and fishing vessel also discussed. The visitors observed SEAFDEC/TD facilities, especially M.V.Pralang which is a prototype of the fishing vessel to raise awareness of the overall best fishing practice ensuring the crew safety, health, work, and their living conditions are being provided in an acceptable manner. The IJM Foundation is a global organization with a plan to eliminate the slave trade.
The Regional Workshop on Lessons Learned from Application of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) in Different Learning Sites was convened from 7 to 8 October 2019 at Windsor Suites Hotel Bangkok, Thailand. There were 28 participants (13 women and 15 men). The workshop was attended by SEAFDEC Secretariat (SEAFDEC/SEC), SEAFDEC Training Department, (SEAFDEC/TD) and representatives from SEAFDEC Member Countries, namely; Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, as well as SEAFDEC Partners, viz The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans), and MIE University of Japan.
The workshop presented the summary of progress in promoting and implementing the EAFM in the region through the conduct of 24 training courses which was attended by more than 500 fisheries officers and key stakeholders. They have five (5) EAFM learning sites, namely: 1) Thathing Township, Mon state in Myanmar, 2) Prek Thnot Commune, Teok Chhou District, Kampot Province in Cambodia, 3) Pak Kradang, Bolicumsei in Lao PDR, 4) Bunglaharn, Chaiyaphom Province in Thailand, and 5) Ban Nai Nang, Krabi Province in Thailand. The workshop also reiterated that SEAFDEC/TD, in collaboration with USAID/NOAA, has revised the E-EAFM module to compile the case studies and updated information, while acknowledging the efforts made by SEAFDEC/TD in improving the EAFM course.