|dc.description.abstract||During the quarter, the activities of SEAFDEC in addressing the international fisheries-related issues are in rapid progress. SEAFDEC organized the RTC where the important issues, e.g. preparation of countries in response to the EU catch certification scheme, FAO Legallybinding instrument on on port State Measure, the raising of small-scale fisheries profile, etc. were discussed. Several progresses have been also made in ensuring appropriate management for sustainable fisheries in the region. Among the important events are the Sub-regional Meeting for the Gulf of Thailand where the Meeting discussed and agreed on the definition of IUU fishing in the context of the Gulf of Thailand, as well as the follow-up actions for fisheries management and habitat protection in the sub-region. In addition, a Regional workshop was also organized to discuss the reduction of the impacts of fishing on coastal and marine environments in the Southeast Asian waters.
Several HRD activities were also conducted by SEAFDEC Secretariat and the departments during the quarter, particularly under the project on HRD for Poverty Alleviation, and the Promotion of “One Village, One Fisheries Product (FOVOP)”, supported by the ASEAN Foundation. Under its departmental programs, AQD also organized a number of training courses to transfer aquaculture technologies both for the Member and non-Member Countries; while for TD, the training on the use of sail boat was organized in Thailand to promote the use of alternative wind energy for fishing operations||en