Training course on Facilitating Fisheries Information Gathering Through Introduction of Community-based Fisheries Management

Date: 13-16 May and 1-5 July 2013
Venue: Thanh Hoa province and Can Tho city, respectively

1. Support provinces under WB CRSD project with methodology to promote the applicable practice of community-based co-resource management.
2. Support establishing support officer system towards institutional building of stakeholders for coastal fisheries management through capacity building for fisheries extension activities.
3. Provide the practical tool and methodology of fisheries data collection and analysis in coastal small-scale fisheries for better development and management of coastal resources to ensure sustainable livelihood for coastal communities.
4. Provide toolkits with practical community-based co-resource management and data collection in the coastal communities for further training when developing 140 pilot demonstrations.

In 2012 SEAFDEC supported Vietnam with a very successful training course on  practical approach of community-based co-resource management for 16 officers. However with the number of 140 community-based management pilot sites expected to be established, Training To Trainers (TOT) courses aimed at providing more clear and detailed concept and methodology on community-based resource management, required tools to facilitating on community-based resource management such as tools of data and information collection in coastal fishing communities for better development and management of coastal resources to ensure sustainable livelihood of coastal communities, and skills of establishment and development of community fisheries development organizations are very extremely needed for Vietnam. Therefore, Vietnam proposed SEAFDEC to support Vietnam with 2 on-site training courses in 2013 on "Facilitating Fisheries Information Gathering Through Introduction of Community-based Fisheries Management". The first one was conducted in Thanh Hoa province from 13-16 May 2013 for key provincial staff who are directly involve in co-management implementation and key leaders in selected sites in Northern Provinces including Thanh Hoa, Nghe An an Ha Tinh. The second TOT training course was conducted for key persons Southern Provinces including Soc Trang and Ca Mau with the information from 1-5 July 2013 in Can Tho city of Vietnam. 

The training was started by SEAFDEC's presentations: 1. The importance of resource management for sustainable fisheries, 2. Appropriate Monitoring Control and Surveillance need for resource management in conjunction with community-based fisheries management, 3. Community-based fisheries management: Importance of autonomous fisheries management by community, 4. How to introduce and facilitate community-based fisheries management to fisheries community,  5. Rights-based fisheries management and support system (Extension work) by government, 6. Concept and effective Methodology on Data Collection, 7. Data collection through CBFM, 8. Improving management of financial and economic activities including promotion of alternative livelihood in fishing communities, 9. Ecosystem approach to fisheries management, 10) Case study on community-based management in Nam Haum reservoir.

In addition, the training also conducted the workshop on how to organize community-based management in each province through reviewing difficulty and find the way go forward by divided into 4 session; session 1: Set up team to facilitate CBFM and Conduct pre survey of community, session 2: Education for Community Fisher, session 3: Organize core person meeting, session 4: Establish Community Fisheries Management organization.

In course evaluation, the resources person acknowledged the participants for their knowledge/skill as well as actively participation. The participants were very appreciated and thank to SEAFDEC for organizing this training course. Moreover, the participants also suggessted that it should included the topic on the status of coastal resource condition in Philippines as well as the training course on fiinancial management should be organized for the officers.