The Online Regional Training Course on Sampling Gear Design for Onboard Fisheries Resource Survey was organized by the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) from 31 August to 4 September 2020 at SEAFDEC/TD office via Google Meet platform. This Online Training is a part of SEAFDEC’s initiatives to support the Member Countries for developing the capacities of national human resources to conduct a fisheries resource survey. There were nineteen (19) participants (7 females and 12 males) who attended this activity. The Online Training focused on the introduction and problem of fisheries resource survey, sampling gear selection, fishing gear design, sampling process and data recording, CPUE standardization, and fisheries resource survey design. The Online Training was designed to achieve improved knowledge and gained experience of researchers and fisheries officers of the Member Countries to design sampling gear and plan sampling sites through fisheries resource survey researcher network in the Southeast Asian region.
The “Sub-regional Consultation Teleworkshop on Developing a Plan of Activity for Transboundary Fisheries Resources” was organized by the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) from 27 to 28 August 2020 via Google Meet platform at SEAFDEC/TD’s office, Samut Prakan, Thailand. This Teleworkshop focused to develop a plan of activities for transboundary fisheries resources on two (2) main sub-regions as the Gulf of Thailand and Sulu-Sulawesi Seas. There were 37 participants (22 males and 15 females) who are representatives from SEAFDEC Member Countries, resource persons, and SEAFDEC Departments attended in this Teleworkshop. The updated transboundary fisheries resources issues in the Gulf of Thailand and the Sulu-Sulawesi Seas and draft Plan of Activity for the years 2021-2024 through sub-regional working groups for the Gulf of Thailand and the Sulu-Sulawesi Seas were outputs from this Teleworkshop.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) organized the “Teleworkshop on Development and Improvement of Regional Tools for Combating IUU fishing in the Southeast Asia” from 27 to 28 August 2020, back to back with the Teleseminar on Way Forward for Combating IUU Fishing in Southeast Asia, 24 to 26 August 2020. The Teleworkshop were participated by 49 participants from representatives from ASEAN Member States who are responsible for IUU fishing activities in policy-making level, SEAFDEC’s National RFVR Focal Points, and fisheries officers who is responsible in national PSM and port control/inspection. The Teleworkshop mainly discussed on SEAFDEC activities to combat IUU fishing as Regional Fishing Vessels Record (RFVR) and Port State Measures (PSM) and came up with the way forward for the RFVR for vessels 24 meters in length and over including the RFVR for vessels less than 24 meters in length and future actions for the effective and efficient implementation of PSM.
SEAFDEC under-supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) conducted the Site Training for Enumerator on Gender Concept and Analysis and Development of a Data Collection Protocol on 25-27 August 2020 at Mauang District, Surat Thani Province, Thailand. The training aims to introduce the gender concept and gender in fisheries and aquaculture to the Department of Fisheries (DOF), Thailand officers and develop tools and plan to collect the data on Gender Dimension in the Value Chain of Small-scale Fisheries and Aquaculture in Southeast Asia for each project site. The participants of the training were three (3) women staff from SEAFDEC and 14 officers from DOF, Thailand with composing of six (6) women and eight (8) men. The three (3) days training sessions have introduced gender concept and analysis, and then followed by the formulation of the questionnaire to conduct gender analysis in small-scale aquaculture in Surat Thani and practicing on data collecting. The training was proceeding through active participation and sharing information from the DOF officers.
The Teleseminar on Way Forward for Combating IUU Fishing in Southeast Asia was organized on 24-26 August by the SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) in collaboration with the SEAFDEC Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (SEAFDEC/MFRDMD) and SEAFDEC Secretariat via Zoom Webinar. The Teleseminar was attended by the ASEAN Member States (AMSs) and a public audience in total 578 audiences. Seven panelists were invited from seven (7) partners’ organizations such as FAO, DG MARE, Sustainable Fisheries Research and Development Foundation, RPOA-IUU, OceanMind, IMCS Network, and NOAA. The Teleseminar came up with 1) updated information and progress of activities to combat IUU fishing at various levels, and 2) set of recommendations on the way forward to combat IUU fishing in the Southeast Asian region.