The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) organized the Technical Meeting on Sharks and Rays Data Collection Planning 2018-2019 on 10 April 2018 at Training Department, Samut Prakan province, Thailand. There were Six (6) participants from pilot countries including Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand attended this technical meeting which aimed to agree on the collaborative protocol between SEAFDEC/TD and participating countries and develop a one-year (2018-2019) work plan of sharks and rays data collection in the above-mentioned countries. Moreover, the technical meeting also came up with one-year work plan of sharks and rays data collection for participating countries, agreement of the roles, responsibilities and timeline of sharks and rays data collection, and agreement on financial support and its protocol.
Two SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) staff who are Oceans-SEAFDEC Technical Coordinator and Technical Working Group (TWG) for Public Private Partnership (PPP) for USAID Oceans participated in the CTI-CFF Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Preparation: Expert-Consultation Meeting on PPP Design and Arrangement from 4 to 5 April 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia which organized by Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF). There were 46 participants from six Coral Triangle (CT) Countries, namely: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Island, and Timor-Leste) through relevant international organization such as USAID/ RDMA, USAID Indonesia, DOI, GIZ, WorldFish Center, JICA, LPMUKP, USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership and SEAFDEC participated in this Meeting. The Meeting was aimed at designing and exchanging views among relevant CT governments and development sectors on any possible PPP proposals and arrangement for sustainable fisheries sectors. It included the development of accountable fisheries information systems such as Catch Documentation and Traceability of seafood products in to the value chain being required by international markets. In addition, this activity was a preparatory meeting for the CTI-CFF PPP on sustainable fisheries management among related stakeholders/parties. The meeting was intended to discuss appropriate and suitable PPP arrangement including necessary steps and actions to ensure suitable and best PPP arrangement for appropriate infrastructure and technology investment from point of catch through post-harvest sectors to support sustainable fisheries in CT member countries. The representative from SEAFDEC/TD presented under the subject of “PPP opportunities for small-scale fisheries-building infrastructure for fisheries information.” The introduction of “Regional Fishing Vessels Record (RFVR)” and “Electronic Asian Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS)” was also presented at the Meeting. At the end, the Meeting came up with better understanding and active participation of the CT member countries to consider suitable and best PPP design and arrangement that meet the needs of each countries in clearly defined public services and infrastructure of fisheries sectors, and to prepare a generic PPP Task Force to guide the development of PPP arrangement.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) in collaboration with National Farmer Council, Department of Fisheries, Thai Fisheries Association, Ministry of Labor, Marine Department, Internal Security Affairs Bureau and Naval Operations Department organized “The Pilot Project on Capacity Building of Thai Crew for Fishing Vessels.” The training was organized from 11 March to 2 April 2018 at TD premises in Samut Prakan and attended by fifteen (15) participants who are Thai Agriculturist. The training was aimed at developing capacity and skill on fishing activities of participants to better understand on fishing operation and can be crew on fishing vessels. Futhermore, the training focused on fishing gear and operation, safety at sea, fishery and labor law. Moreover, the participants had a chance to practice on fishing operation at sea.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) in collaboration with the Directorate of Fisheries (D-Fish) organized the National Workshop on Introduction of Fish Enhancing Devices during 6 to 8 March 2018 in Binh Thuan Province, Viet Nam. There were thirty (30) participants from local fishers of Binh Thuan Province, local fisheries and D-Fish officers’ joined in the Workshop. The workshop was aimed at promoting the utilization of Fish Enhancing Devices (FEDs) for small-scale fisheries through obtaining the national policy and framework on the promotion of Fish Enhancing Devices for small-scale fisheries and information collection of the local Fish Enhancing Devices for small-scale in Binh Thuan Province. Moreover, the participants had a chance to make FEDs and installed in their fishing ground.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) conducted the Workshop on Appropriate New Purse Seine Fishing Vessel Design on 5 March 2018 at TD office, Samut Prakan, Thailand. There were eighteen (18) participants from relevant organizations participated in the said Workshop. The workshop was aimed at promoting /improving awareness on energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas impact from fishing vessels in Southeast Asia, gathering the information for concept of an appropriate fishing vessel design to support fishing vessel’s operation based on fuel efficiency use, safety at sea, improve good working/living conditions and reduction of manpower onboard as well as information dissemination to the fishing fleet. Finally, the workshop came up with conceptual plan from the fleet on an appropriate new purse seine fishing vessel design based on energy efficiency and safety at sea of fishing vessel operation which includes improve good working/living conditions onboard, and vital information and awareness on energy efficiency that will disseminate to capture fishery fleet.