Two SEAFDEC staff participated in “The 11th Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practicesincluding Combating IUU Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU) Coordination Committee Meeting” from 13 to 15 November 2018 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Meeting was attended by nine (9) RPOA-IUU participating countries (namely: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam). The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) attended the meeting as an Advisory Body to the RPOA-IUU. Moreover, the representative from SEAFDEC presented “The progress of SEAFDEC initiatives toward the support on implementation of the RPOA-IUU in the Southeast Asian Region.” The Meeting came up with updated progress on implementation of work plan 2018 and development of work plan for 2019 including IUU-related issues at the regional and international level.
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.