Going on a high note: the SEAFDEC information programs
Since its establishment in 1967, SEAFDEC has always promoted the importance of information as means of enhancing its image as a regional center working towards the sustainable development of fisheries in Southeast Asia. Thus, with the main objectives of enhancing the management of fisheries of Southeast Asia towards sustainability and raising its visibility, SEAFDEC has institutionalized its Information Programs to focus on the production of three main broad types of materials, namely: institutional materials, fisheries information accounts, and technical reports and scientific articles. Institutional materials include reports of SEAFDEC annual meetings, workshops, seminars, periodic and annual reports of SEAFDEC and Departments, newsletters, Special Publication: Fish for the People. Fisheries information accounts comprise the annual Fishery Statistical Bulletin of Southeast Asia, and the quinquennial Southeast Asian State of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Technical reports include proceedings of workshops, symposia, technical conferences, and end-of-project technical reports, among others, while scientific articles are those papers written by Department staff based on results of their activities carried out in SEAFDEC facilities and published in technical journals. The technical information and related materials produced by SEAFDEC are specifically meant to promote sustainable fisheries management in the Southeast Asian region. Furthermore, databases had also been established in respective SEAFDEC Departments on particular subjects based on their areas of specialization.