The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) under cooperation with Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam has been surveying fishery resources and oceanography in the Gulf of Thailand that cover Thailand waters, Cambodia waters and Viet Nam waters by M.V. SEAFDEC 2 from 17 August to 7 November 2018. This trip included the fisheries resources survey by bottom trawl, hydro-acoustic survey by using multi acoustic frequency (38, 120 and 200 KHz.) and Simrad EK-60, while oceanographic survey by using Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD), Current Indicator, Thermo Salino Graph (TSG) System, Temperature and Depth Recorder (TDR) and Weather Information, and plankton and larvae survey.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) in collaboration with the SEAFDEC Secretariat with funding supported by SEAFDEC-Sweden Project organized “The Expert Consultation Workshop on Guidance to Monitoring and Evaluation of Gender Equity and Social Well-being in Fisheries Communities” from 8 to 10 August 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. There were a total of 28 participants from SEAFDEC Member Countries, SEAFDEC Gender Working Team and regional organizations and partners such as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), USAID Oceans Project, Mekong River Commission (MRC), Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF), Learning Institute (LI), CORIN-Asia Cambodia, Asian Institute Technology (AIT). participated in this Workshop. The sharing of information and experiences on challenges in implementing policies to support the integration of gender aspect through discussion to identify the indicators for monitoring and evaluation of progress in the support to gender balanced, gender equity and social well-being in fisheries communities were conducted. At the end, the Workshop came up with 1) updated information of the existing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of gender activities in fisheries projects, 2) reference guidance paper to provide guidance on monitoring and evaluation processes to assess gender equity and social well-being in fisheries communities, and 3) an informal network among partners established to share experiences and methods to assess progress in social well-being and integration of gender aspects. The SEAFDEC-Sweden Project recognized the importance and significance of providing support to gender mainstreaming through experiences gained in cooperation with the SEAFDEC Secretariat, SEAFDEC Departments, Member Countries and various stakeholders at multiple levels.
The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) in collaboration with the Department of the Interior (DOI) of United States and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) organized “The Third Technical Working Group Planning Workshop” from 16 to 18 July 2018, in Bangkok, Thailand. A total of Ninety-three (93) participants from USAID Oceans, the representatives from ASEAN Member Countries (including USAID Oceans Technical Working Group members), SEAFDEC, CTI-CFF, USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia, USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity, USAID’s Asia Bureau, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of the Interior, Tetra Tech ARD, and USAID Oceans’ project staff and implementing partners participated in this Workshop. The Workshop came up with 1) TWG endorsement of a process and outline related to the development of proposed set of regional guidelines for the ASEAN-wide implementation of eCDT systems; 2) documented input from TWG members regarding current and future regional priorities that will inform the future direction of USAID Oceans during the second half of the project life span, as well as US-supported development initiatives beyond USAID Oceans; and 3) documented input on USAID Oceans’ Year Four Activity Work Plan.
The SEAFDEC Training Department organized “The On-site Training Course on Proper Fish Handling Techniques Applicable to Local Fishing Vessels” in Kien Giang Province, Viet Nam from 27 to 28 June 2018. There were 30 participants who are relevant to the fisheries sector trained in this course. The simple fish handling technique and implementing of fish handling technology such as icing technique, ice sweater chilling system and so on were imparted to participants. At the end, the participants were expected that they should be able to enhance knowledge and practical skills on the reduction of post-harvest losses which include: 1) importance of appropriate fish handling, including good fish handling practices and hygiene on-board, 2) technical information and knowledge related to preserve fish for direct human consumption and to serve at a premium level, and 3) reduce post-harvest losses and trash fish from unloading, storage, and transportation on-board till unloading at landing site.