SEAFDEC Newsletter Vol.32 No.3
Improving fisheries management has always been among the priority areas of SEAFDEC during the recent years. During this quarter, SEAFDEC has made progressive steps in discussing various fisheries management issues at the second meeting of RAC. During the quarter, SEAFDEC also organized the Meeting on Fishing Vessel Record and Inventory, where discussions were made on the development of regionally harmonized fishing vessel record and inventory system in order to facilitate the verification of fishing capacity of the region which is an important basis for the development of fisheries management and development plans in the future. SEAFDEC also made progress in the conduct of several HRD activities, and the activities in the promotion of “One Village, One Fisheries Products, with a series of on-site activities conducted in selected ASEAN Member Countries. The third training on aquaculture for remote rural areas of Southeast Asian was also conducted by SEAFDEC in collaboration with several partners in Lao PDR (the first and second course was in 2007 and 2008). These activities are envisaged to enhance the contribution from fisheries to food security, particularly in the rural communities, which is envisaged to be among the priority areas to be undertaken by ASEAN and SEAFDEC in the years ahead. As SEAFDEC is planning to organized its Program Committee Meeting in the coming November, various program matters, as well as the linkages between RAC and SEAFDEC programs would be further discussed and elaborated on.