Fisheries Resource Survey & Operational Plan for M.V. SEAFDEC 2

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Brief Project Description

Since the establishment of Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) in 1968, the technical supporting to SEAFDEC Member Countries (MCs) on the monitoring of fisheries resource, marine environmental situation and human resource development by SEAFDEC’s research vessels has been on the major mandates of SEAFDEC. Since year 2004, M.V. SEAFDEC 2 has been granted by Government of Japan to support SEAFDEC MCs on fisheries resources and marine environmental survey in order to fulfill the needs of the SEAFDEC MCs. The major outputs from the survey is cruise reports, technical documents on fisheries resource stock status marine biodiversity, and other specific requirements, e.g. oceanography and marine environment, and etc. SEAFDEC has expected that the results from the survey could facilitate the establishment and implementation of comprehensive policy for sustainable management and development of marine capture fisheries both national, sub-regional and regional. The major output is included with the adequate numbers of researcher on various field, i.e. fisheries resources and marine environmental survey, oceanographers, fisheries biologist, fishing gear technologist, navigator and marine engineer, who has skill and experience to support the shipboard survey.

In order to achieve the expected outputs as mentioned above, SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) works in close collaboration with the SEAFDEC Member Countries and potential partners at national, sub-regional, and regional levels has supported MCs on fisheries resources and marine environmental survey. M.V. SEAFDEC 2 as major research vessel has carried out sixty (60) cruises with four (4) major components:
(1) Marine fisheries resources research survey;
(2) Marine environmental oceanographic research survey;
(3) Onboard navigation and marine engineering training; and
(4) Sea trial on fishing operation, oceanographic instruments, and fishing vessel.

Background and Justification