Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD)

Offshore Fisheries Resources Exploration in Southeast Asia 
(Year : 2004-2019) 


1 Brief Project Description

Currently, attempts of countries in the Southeast Asia have initiated to expand their fishing activities in the offshore areas in their respective EEZ where fisheries resources are still under-utilized as for the alternative fisheries resources. Over the years, SEAFDEC/TD has also initiated and provided technical supports to the Member Countries on the exploration of fishery resources in their EEZ through various programs of activities. During the past few years, TD organized a number of technical meetings, workshops and trainings related to fisheries resource exploration. The outputs from such activities could be referred to as references to facilitate development of the offshore fishery resources in the EEZ of the Member Countries.

Main activities under this project include training activities and technical supports from TD on offshore fisheries resources exploration in EEZ of the Member Countries through human resources capacity building programs including sea trial, and cruise survey of the Member Countries using M.V. SEAFDEC 2 and other research vessels. The project will also facilitate collaboration research survey in the area where fisheries resources, especially tuna resources such as yellowfin and skipjack, has being shared among the countries in Southeast Asia.

 

 

2 Background and Justification

Over the past few years, a number of countries in the region have increased their interest to promote the exploration of offshore fisheries resources to reduce the pressure of over-exploited fisheries resources in near shore areas in their EEZ, at the same time to find alternative source of fisheries resources. This is in line with the Resolution and Plan of Action on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security for the ASEAN Regional Towards 2020, as mentioned in the Plan of Action # 18 “Investigate the potential of under-utilized fisheries resources and promote their exploitation in a precautionary manner based upon analysis of the best available scientific information”. In this connection, this project will provide technical support to the Member Countries in exploring the under-utilized fisheries resources including offshore areas in their respective EEZ waters.

In this connection, SEAFDEC in close collaboration with the Member Countries has supported exploration of fishery/living resources in the EEZ of the countries in SEA. The overall aims of this project are to encourage Member Countries to collect the information on the offshore fishery resources in terms of research and training facilities using M..V. SEAFDEC 2, and to build human resources capacity for offshore fishery resources exploration. Concerning on the issues on delay of data analysis on tuna research work as well as the preparation on development of the Project concern on fish handing at sea, SEAFDEC proposes to extend the project period to year 2019.

 

3 Project Overall Objectives, Outcomes, Outputs, Indicators and Activities

3.1 Objectives, Outcome and Output of the Project 

Objectives 1

Organization of the Regional Offshore Fisheries Research Resource Exploration. 

Outcomes 1

Set of data on the fisheries research resource for capture fisheries promotion or fisheries resource management.

Outputs 1

1.1) A set of scientific data for policy consideration on management and sustainable utilization of oceanic tuna in Sulu and Sulawesi Seas
1.2) Sets of SOPs for assessing the status of tuna resources in region or Subregional Waters in Southeast Asia
1.3) Summary Report on the Technical Meeting on the Plan for the Survey Cruise of M.V. SEAFDEC 2 on Small Pelagic Fishery Resources Assessment in Viet Nam Marine Waters and Tentative Cruise Order of M..V. SEAFDEC 2 survey around Waters in Southeast Asia.

Activities 1

Activity 1: Technical meetings on the results of the tuna fisheries resources survey in Sulu and Sulawesi Seas Progress of the tuna research work, direction and solution of the difficulties on data analysis to support the tuna research in SSSs as well as the future activities will also be discussed at the meeting.
Activity 2: Regional (or Sub-regional) consultation to establish research survey for offshore fisheries resources in Southeast Asia Waters by utilization of M.V. SEAFDEC 2
Activity 3: Supporting technical staff(s) of SEAFDEC/TD participate the cruise survey and participate to the technical meetings of sub-regional study/research on offshore fisheries resources survey..

 

Objectives 2

Developing for Improving Fish Handling at Sea 

Outcomes 2

Utilization of fisheries resources through improvement of post-harvest fish handling at sea onboard fishing vessels

Outputs 2

Report of the regional training course on post-harvest

Activities 2

Organize the regional training course on improvement of post-harvest fish handling at sea

 

Objectives 3

Strengthening quality research survey on offshore fisheries resources, and promote value addition to marine fisheries products in Southeast Asian

Outcomes 3

Efficiency of research survey on offshore fisheries resources and appropriate improvement of post-harvest fish handling

Outputs 3

Sampling gear used for fisheries resources survey and/or Promote the materials of the improve Fisheries Research Resource Exploration and package(s) of technical handbooks and training reports on improvement of post-harvest fish handling

Activities 3

Modification of the offshore sampling gears and technical project publications


3.2 Overall Scope/Description of Project

Activity 1

Technical meetings on the results of the tuna fisheries resources survey in Sulu and Sulawesi Seas

Description

Technical meetings on the results of tuna fisheries resources survey in Sulu and Sulawesi seas .As planned through a series of the technical meetings on tuna research in Sulu and Sulawesi Seas, preliminary results of M.V. SEAFDEC 2 cruise survey on tuna resources in Sulu and Sulawesi Seas will be presented in 2017.

Activity 2

Technical consultation and discussion to plan and prepare offshore fisheries resources research survey in Southeast Asia Waters by utilization of M.V. SEAFDEC 2 or other national research vessel

Description

Supporting SEAFDEC technical staffs to conduct the consultation visit on planning of offshore fisheries resources research survey in Southeast Asia Waters by using of M.V. SEAFDEC 2 or other national research vessel

Activity 3

Technical Support to SEAFDEC staff(s) for participate the Cruise Survey and the meetings /workshop / symposium

Description

Supporting technical staff(s) of SEAFDEC/TD participate the cruise survey and the meetings/workshop/symposium to promote result of project Offshore Fisheries Resources Exploration in Southeast Asia.

Activity 4

Organize the Regional activities )Training /Workshop/Meeting (on the improvement of the fish handling at sea and study on the assessment of post-harvest loss in Southeast Asia

Description

Regional activities )Training/Workshop/Meeting (on the improvement of the fish handling at sea aim to identify problem of the post-harvest fish handling both onshore and onboard fishing vessel of SEAFDEC Member Countries and seek for the recommendation on future improvement of postharvest fish handling both onshore and onboard fishing vessel .Activities include research study to assess post-harvest fish loss in Southeast Asia Region

Activity 5

Modification of the offshore sampling gears and technical project publications

Description

In order to strengthen research survey on offshore fisheries resources, in particular, the tuna resource research survey in Sulu and Sulawesi Seas, continuation on modification of sampling gear used with M.V .SEAFDEC 2 cruise survey will be carried out . A number of sampling gears will be redesigned . In order to promote value addition marine fisheries products in Southeast Asian Region, promotional materials including with package)s ( of technical handbooks and training reports on improvement of post-harvest fish handling will be disseminated through the project website. Project also conduct the compilation and revision of the technical handbook or guideline of SOP on sampling gears and survey methodology for offshore fisheries resources exploration .These publication will be disseminated both by documents and website


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