Regional Training Course on Co-management Using Group User Rights for Enhancing Small-scale Fisheries Development and Management

Date: 27 October - 7 November 2008
Venue: SEAFDEC/Training Department, Samut Prakan, Thailand
SEAFDEC is taking leading role to promote rights-based fisheries and co-management to sustain coastal fisheries resources as well as to secure means of livelihood for small-scale fishers particularly in the Southeast Asian Region. In this connection, SEAFDEC formulated the Regional Training course on Co-management group user right for enhancing small-scale fisheries development and management as means of the promotion. The training has been funded by the Japanese Trust Fund for contributing fisheries officials from ASEAN-SEAFDEC member countries participated in the training.

11 participants are attending the training come from seven ASEAN-SEAFDEC countries –one each come from, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand,Vietnam, four from Indonesia and one from Japan. The regional training course was organized for 12 days which composed of two main parts. Part one was lectures that these were fully supported by SEAFDEC resource persons namely Dr. Yasuhisa Kato, Dr. Yuttana Theparoonrat, Mr. Aussanee Munprasit, Mr. Seiichi Etoh and his collogues working for socio-economic section, coastal and small-scale fisheries Division, and also included Dr.Phattareeya Suanrattanachai, Fishery Governance and Management System Section Head to transfer the expertise and shared valuable experience with all participants.

Second part was on-site practices in Rayong and Trat Provinces during 2 to 5 November. The participants were divided into two groups. Each group brainstormed to set up a research plan to work on site visited. Regarding practicing in Rayong, all participants observed set net fisheries group conducted selling fish products on beach. Besides, they had a plenary session to discuss on the set net fisheries group’s activity and management at EMDEC office. At the office, the participants also conducted an interview with members of the group.

In Trat Province, the participants visited Ban Pred Nai Mangrove Forest Conservative Group. At Ban Pred Nai village, all panticipants were on broad to observe mangrove forests areas. The participant could concretely experience the diversity of the forests given positive impact to enhance aquatic resources. After finished the cruise, all participants and Ban Pred Nai Mangrove forest conservative group’s member and committee had a discussion session to share and exchange information and experiences on mangrove reforestation and conservation. An additional activity was conducted an interview with member of the group.

After ended on-site practices, all participants analyzed and interpret data collected. They also excellently provided a report of the research result and gave a presentation in the classroom. The presentation helped mobilizing to share knowledge and experience gained from on-site visit among the participants. The participants have been cooperative and actively participated in training activities. At the end of the course, the participants expressed their satisfaction to the training arrangement and illustrated that their expectation were fulfilled.