SEAFDEC Newsletter Vol.42 No.4
The significant event during the final quarter of 2019 was the “Forty-second SEAFDEC Program Committee Meeting” (42PCM) which was convened to discuss and review the projects implemented by SEAFDEC in 2019 and endorse the projects and activities for 2020. Back-to-back with the 42PCM was the “Twenty-second FCG/ASSP Meeting” which addressed the important issues that impact the sustainability of the fisheries sector in the ASEAN Member States, and came up with policy recommendations for endorsement to the higher authorities of SEAFDEC and the ASEAN. During this quarter, the SEAFDECSweden Project organized its “End of the Project Meeting,” highlighting the overall achievements and deliverable results of the Project which focused on strengthening capability on management of fisheries and habitats, management of fishing capacity, and combating IUU fishing through regional and sub-regional cooperation. In connection with the completion of several projects in 2019, SEAFDEC organized regional events including the “Regional Workshop on Lessons Learned from Application of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) in Different Learning Sites” that came up with ways forward to promote EAFM implementation in the Southeast Asian region; “Regional Workshop on Fisheries Resources Enhancement and Habitat Conservation”; “Regional Workshop on Facilitating Fisheries Activities Information Gathering through the Introduction of Community-based Resources Management/Co-management in the Southeast Asian Region” which focused on identifying the problems/challenges as well as obtained recommendations toward the development/improvement of fisheries information gathering through CBRM/Co-management approach; “End of Project Meeting of Community-based Resources Management” that came up with recommendations and ways forward in sustaining the inland fisheries management activities; and “Workshop on IFRDMD’s 5-year Achievements” which focused on the activities related to inland capture fisheries and catadromous eels undertaken since its establishment in 2014. Furthermore, SEAFDEC also sustained the conduct of training courses on milkfish, mangrove crab, and abalone culture as well as continued the efforts to generate aquaculture technologies including the development of low-cost feeds for milkfish and tilapia and refinement of the technology for seed production and rearing of silver therapon.