The Small-scale Fisheries Management for Better Livelihood and Fisheries Resources project team from the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) conducted the data collection on the status of fisheries socio-economic assistance in line with the implementation of Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) guidelines in the pilot learning site of Ranong Province from 5 to 11 October 2020. The aims to generate baseline information on the demography and socio-economic condition through better understanding of situation and need for develop the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) plan. The data was collected by interviewing the small-scale fishers at Ban Hat Sai Khao village Kampuan Sub-district, Suk Samran District of Ranong Province. There were 42 respondents (30 male and 12 female) who are the boat owner and engage in fisheries. Moreover, the data validation workshop was organized on 10 October 2020 to present the results of the survey to the community members and look for their feedback. In addition, the results of the survey could be used for comparing the change in the area after project implementation.
The new M.V. Plalung arrived the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) on 29 September 2020 and welcome ceremony was organized in the same date. The new M.V. Plalung is wood vessel, 44.99 GT, 19 meters of length, 4.67 meters of breadth, and 2.05 meter of depth. The new M.V. Plalung will be improved as prototype of trawler to support training and research activities by SEAFDEC/TD along the coastal area of Thailand. Regarding work in fishing convention (C188), M.V. Plalung plan to improve on livelihood, hygienics and safety at sea of crews during on board. Moreover, new technology on optimizing energy which support low impact to environment and fuel efficiency, instruments to reduce manpower of fishing operation including technology of fish handling and preservation quality of fish on board will be installed to M.V. Plalung.
Two days “Online Regional Technical Meeting on Reducing Negative Impact to Ecosystem, Optimizing Energy and Fuel Consumption, and Enhancing Safety in Fishing Practices in Southeast Asia” was organized by the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) on 21 and 28 September 2020 at SEAFDEC/TD, via Google Meet platform. There were thirty-three (37) participants (4 females and 33 males) attended this Online Meeting. To prepare and obtain necessary information for SEAFDEC’s planning and effective implementation of the project activities for the years 2021-2023, a set of the online survey questionnaires were circulated to SEAFDEC Member Countries (MCs). The Online Meeting aims to gathering and updating information on technological improvements and needs assessment among all MCs to pave the way forward for planning and implementing the project activities on the changes in behavior and fishing practices would greatly result in more responsible fishing manners, mitigate damages to the aquatic ecosystems, reducing emissions and lowering fuel costs, and contributing to more economical and sustainable utilization of fishery resources and better human well-being and livelihood of the fisherfolks in the Southeast Asian region. The Online Meeting came up with valuable recommendations as inputs for SEAFDEC to draft a plan of activities on reducing negative impact to ecosystem, optimizing energy and fuel consumption, and enhancing safety in fishing practices for the years 2021-2023 under the project of “Responsible Fishing Technology and Practices”.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) virtual organized the “Regional Consultation Workshop on Developing a Plan of Activities for Resource Enhancement in Southeast Asian region” on 15 September 2020 at SEAFDEC/TD via Google Meet platform. This mainly aims to provide a platform for National Focal Points of the SEAFDEC Member Countries to discuss and develop a plan of activities for the years 2021-2023 such as training course, research study, meeting, and workshop, etc. There were 30 participants (9 females and 21 males) from SEAFDEC Member Countries attended in this Teleconference. In the end, the Teleconference came up with the draft Plan of SEAFDEC Activities for resources enhancement in the Southeast Asian region for the years 2021-2023, and a network of researchers and scientists of resources enhancement in the region.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) implements the project on the Small-scale Fisheries Management for Better Livelihood and Fisheries Resources in the pilot learning site of Ranong Province, Thailand. To support this implementation, the strengthening of understanding on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) was conducted via the training course on the Essential Ecosystem Approach to strengthen the capacity of the fisheries officers and key stakeholders for a better understanding of the EAFM concept from 14-18 September 2020. There were sixteen (16) participants (7 males and 9 females) from the Ranong Provincial Fisheries office, Ranong Marine Fisheries Research and Development Station, and community members of Ban Hat Sai Khao village attended in this training course. The training came up with the draft of the EAFM plan which will be further developed for project implementation in the next step.