Report trip to Rayong and Prachuap Khiri khan Province

Date: 24 - 29 September 2012
Venue: Rayong and Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand

1. To identify the condition of site selected in Rayong and Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.
2. To define the target group for data collection.
3. To pretest the draft questionnaire of Human Capability.
4. To develop the final questionnaire.
Tentative schedule

Rayong Province (24-26 September 2012)
24 Sept. 2012 (Mon.)
- Leave from BKK to Rayong Province
- Discussion with EMDEC on site visit, draft of questionnaire and number of sample for pre-test questionnaire
25 Sept. 2012 (Tue.)           
- Pre-test questionnaire at the landing site
- Discussion on questionnaire and methodology on data collection at EMDEC
26 Sept. 2012 (Wed.)
- Discussion on questionnaire development
- Leave for Bangkok
Prachuap Khiri Khan Province (27-29 September 2012)
27 Sept. 2012 (Thu.)
- Leave Bangkok to Bang Sapan Bay
- Discussion with Fisheries officer on site and number of sample to pre-test questionnaire
28 Sept. 2012 (Fri.)
- Pre-test questionnaire
- Discussion on questionnaire and methodology on data collection and final questionnaire development
29 Sept. 2012 (Sat.)           
Leave for Bangkok


In consistence with the SEAFDEC-RIHN project, Component 4: Field survey for data and information collection of social and economic aspects. After the draft questionnaire has designed, the pretest questionnaire was conducted at Rayong and Prachuap Khiri Khan Province where were the selected site for collecting data.

In Rayong Province, SEAFDEC-RHIN team and Dr. Methee Kaewnern, Assistant Professor, from Kasetsart University visited Eastern Marine Fisheries Research and Development Center office (EMDEC) to meeting with EMDEC staff on the SEAFDEC-RIHN project and discuss on the information of site selected, the draft questionnaire and pretest planning. After discussed, the pretest questionnaire was conducted by face to face interview at three landing site namely; Suanson, Langkhakeaw and Naikhok. The total number of Sample is 12 respondents. After pretest questionnaire, the discussion on questionnaire development was conducted at EMDEC office. The questionnaire was improved especially in part of fisheries management that is difficult to ask for answer. The target group are the fishermen who go fishing around Set net and outside Set net and the total number of Sample is about 100-150 samples , so the meeting plan to collect the sample around 70 sample per year.

At Bangsaphan Bay, the team was cooperative with Mr. Likhit Boonsit, the officer in charge of Bangsaphan Community based fisheries management project, and 2 staff from Chumphon Marine Fisheries Research and Development Center (CMDEC) to pretest the questionnaires in two fishing villages namely; Ban Nongsamed and Ban Bangberd. The total number of sample is 12 respondents. The discussion on questionnaire and methodology on data collection was conducted to develop the finalize the questionnaires. The target group of sample in Bangsaphan Bay is fishermen from 9 villages, and approximate time interview was one hour/questionnaire. The survey plan to carry out twice a year in March and June 2013 and the total number of sample is 70 respondents (35 samples per time).

The training course on the practical approach to co-management in inland fisheries of Cambodia

Date: 3 - 7 September 2012
Venue: Siem Reap, Cambodia

1. To introduce the knowledge and experience on practical approach to rights-based fisheries management to fisheries officer from 6 provinces of Cambodia,
2. To strengthen practical in competence in planning and implementing the applicable inland fishery management plans.
3. To train the trainers on organize the community based management with knowledge of rights-based fisheries management training course for local fishermen groups.
4. To gather the fishery data and information and make understanding the indicators of fishery status, (fish catch, fish price, fishing effort), and socio-economic information,
5. To introduce the communities fisheries legal framework such Royal Decree, sub decree and guideline to implementation for communities fisheries


5 days training was comprised of three main sessions, firstly, the lectures that started by SEAFDEC side, 9 presentations namely: 1. The importance of resource management for sustainable fisheries, 2. Appropriate Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) need for resource management in conjunction with community based co-management, 3. Community based co-management: Importance of autonomous fisheries management by community, 4. How to introduce and facilitate community based co-management to fisheries community,  5. Rights-based Management, 6. Fishing vessel management, 7. Importance of Socio-Economic Information to Improve the Life of Fisher, 8. Encourage Women in fisheries to sustainable livelihoods and 9. Development of fisheries officer on communication skill to local fishermen. The lessons-learned and experiences from Thailand and Japan were presented and discussed for more understanding of the participants.

Furthermore, the Cambodia side also presented on Theory and practices: Fishery data and information gathering including Study of indicator of fishery status and Socio-economic information and formulating data and information questionnaire for the community, as well as, Fishery Law, 2006 Chapter 11 consist of Royal Decree on the Establishment of CFi (2005) and  Sub-decree on CFi management.

Secondly, trial presentation from the participants focus on the importance role of resource management for sustainable fisheries, the concept of community-based management and establishment of fisheries community, and  the recommendation on fisheries resource management activities base on fisheries communities. The participants were actively participating to prepare the trial presentation in their own group. After finished the group work, group presentation were present to the meeting. The groups were explain about the importance of resource management and autonomous community based management by promotion on establishment of CFMO as well as the officer should support the local fishers on the resources management plan by community.

Course evaluation was the third session. The resources person acknowledged the participant for their knowledge/skill as well as actively participation and presentation. The main actor of autonomous community based co-resource management are local fishers, therefore, education for community fisher is importance. For the trial presentation, the participant can develop the presentation of the resource person to educate the local fishers. The participants should introduce the concept of sustainable fisheries and making awareness of the fishers on the importance of fisheries resource management and what are the benefits they will get including let them to think about how to manage the resources in their community. Finally, the participant should encourage the fishers to set up management activities together in the community.

The Training course on the practical approach to rights-based fisheries management in coastal area of Vietnam

Date: 9 - 12 July 2012
Venue: Nha Sang Tac Hotel, Nha Trang, Vietnam

1. To introduce the knowledge and experience on practical approach to rights-based fisheries management in coastal area to 8 coastal provinces, and
2. To strengthen practical in competence in planning and implementing the applicable coastal fishery management plans.


The Training was attended by the representatives of local officers, totally 18 persons, from 8 provinces namely, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Soc Trang and Ca Mau provinces, 4 officers from Head Quarter, and one resource person from Vietnam side. The officers from Fisheries Administration of Vietnam, the

SEAFDEC/Training Department and Secretariat also attended the Training. The SEAFDEC team presented the participants on the importance of resource management including Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS), and Rights-based Management. As well as, how to organize and facilitate of community based co-management and how to gathering fisheries information (catch, socio-economic status, etc.). Furthermore, the lessons-learned and experiences from Thailand and Japan were presented and discussed for more understanding of the participants. 

Furthermore, the experience of Vietnam in implementing community based co-management of SCFI project was presented by Mr. Nguyen Phu Quoc, representative of SCAFI project. He presented the 8 pilot demonstrations and lessons-learned of implementing the difference module in three clusters of Vietnam. He shared experience that the area selection is important decision criteria as well as the objective should be clear to determine establishment the demonstration module. However, the defining of resources area should be considered. He suggested that the further implementation should concentrate on each point from 8 demonstrations.

Next session, the participants were divided into two groups, and make power point presentation in order to present to fishermen in Khanh Hoa Fishing Community. Group 1: The presentation was an important role of resource management and rights-based fisheries as well as MCS for sustainable fisheries. Group 2: The presentation was a concept of community-based management and establishment of community fisheries organization. After came back from fishing community, the resources persons suggested that the participants had to give the local fishers more clear in each content. The sentences or wording of presentation should be changed to participant’s education level and use a picture instead the long text.

The last session, Ms. Nguyen Thi Trang Nhung, express her sincere thanked to SEAFDEC for supporting this training course. Next, Mr. Hidenao Watanabe, on behalf of the SEAFDEC, kindly gave the certificate to all participants and thanked the participants and the Fisheries Administration of Vietnam for their active participation and cooperation during the Training. He expected that the achievements of this training course can improved the skill and knowledge of participant as well as to facilitate community based co-management in Vietnam.

Report of the Local workshop of inland data collection

Date: 19-22 March 2012
Vientiane Province, Lao PDR


1. To organize the Local Workshop to improve compilation of information and statistics on inland fisheries in Lao PDR;

2. To pre-test the questionnaire with target group at Inland fisheries in Lao PDR.


Meeting with Director General (DG) of Department of livestock and fisheries
SEAFDEC team inform the meeting the purpose on this visiting that was improving landing data collection by plus consumption in household to get more real product of fisheries resources in inland fisheries. Other purpose was to promote census establishment in SEAFDEC’s member country by asking Lao PDR to propose what is their requirements to improving socioeconomic data collection, for example, on-site training for staffs. Activities will conduct base on member country request by SEAFDEC supporting.

Meeting at Nam Ngum reservoir Fisheries Management Center
For inland fisheries fishing ground, there are 2 big reservoirs in Lao PDR, which was Nam Ngum and Nam Thern, including 17 small reservoirs. The trial site for inland fisheries data collection was Nam Ngum reservoir, Vientiane Province. Officer informed that they started to collect the data on number of fishermen in Nam Ngum from 1999 to 2012. The data show that there are 24 fishermen villages in Nam Ngum reservoir. And in year 2010, there are 201 fishermen who have licensed. Moreover, there are three places for selling inland product. Usually data collection on inland aquatic resources was collected from seller.

Pretest questionnaires
Pre-test of data collection by using questionnaire was done in Ban Sang Sawang village in Kaew Udom District, Vientiane Province. Ban Sang Sawang village compose of 20 unit, in which 4 unit are fishermen villages. DLF’s staffs and SEAFDEC’s team had conducted 5 pre-test questionnaires in the village.

Workshop with fisheries officer at Department of Livestock (DLF)
The workshop was held after pre-test on inland data collection. The purpose of the workshop was show the result of catch product within one year and to improve the questionnaire on inland data collection in Lao PDR. On the total catch product in one year, SEAFDEC offered the equator for calculate from the average caught of each fisherman. The total catch product per one year can come from average catch from survey plus with total fishermen in unit.

In this occasion, trust fund assistant manager asked DLF’s staffs to propose their need for improving their skill on data collection on socio-economic or co-management practice. DLF’s staffs informed that they would like to put the socio-economic and aquaculture product in their data collection plan because Lao PDR are dominant in aquaculture product also.