Training on Trainer (TOT) on Facilitating Fisheries Information Gathering through Introduction of Community Based Fisheries Management: Legislative and Institutional Aspects of Rights-based Fisheries Management

Date: 13-15 August 2014
Venue: Da Nang City, Vietnam

1. Support national fisheries staff and provincial staff with the knowledge of Legislative and Institutional Aspects of Rights-based Fisheries Management,

2. Provide legal basic of Rights-based Fisheries Management supporting for revision process of Fisheries Law in Vietnam,

3. Support institutional building of stakeholders for coastal fisheries management,

4. 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,

5. Provide toolkits on Legislative and Institutional Aspects of Rights-based Fisheries Management with practical lesson learnt.


The training was started by presentation of resource person from SEAFDEC and Japan. There were several topic, namely; the concept and advantage of right-based management of coastal fisheries; the case study in Japan, the Legal bases of Fishery Rights in Japan, Conflict Management and Coordinating Systems in Japanese Fisheries Legislation, Concept and Effective Methodology on data Collection, Data Collection through Community Based Fisheries Management, as well as the Case Study on co-management and community based management from Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia.

In addition, Mr. Tuong Phi Lai, resource person from Vietnam, kindly presented on the technique for data collection and to analyze the problem by using problem tree and fishbone diagram. After finished the presentation part, the participant would be divided into 3 groups to discuss on the process to establish rights-based fisheries management in coastal area of Vietnam. Then each group presented on the result from group discussion.

Mobile On-site Training (MOT) on Practical Approach to Co-management in Marine and Inland Fisheries of Cambodia

Date: 28 July -1 August 2014
Venue: Siem Reap, Cambodia

1. To introduce the knowledge and experience on practical approach to rights-based fisheries management to fisheries officer from 8 inland fisheries provinces of Cambodia,

2. To strengthen practical in competence in planning and implementing the applicable inland fishery management plans.

3. To train community fishers by local Cambodian trainers with technical assistance from SEAFDEC on organization of the community based management with knowledge of rights-based fisheries management

4. Gathering of the fishery data and information and 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

6. To take a consultation with community fishers and local fishery officers on the improvement of sub decree on community fishery management


Firstly, staff of FiA presented on the importance role of resource management, rights-based and community based co-management, MCS, Improving management of financial and economic activities including the fishery law of Cambodia. After that, the participant were divided into 8 groups, based on Province, to have a discussion on how to sustain Community Based Fisheries Management (CBFM). Each group have to discuss on 3 main session, namely; Session 1: How to sustain Community based Fisheries management and make a CFi plan of action in each province, Session 2: Support system by local government, Session 3: Operation of Resource Management (especially Monitoring daily catch).

In addition, SEAFDEC selected Chong Khneas Community Fisheries (CKCF) in Siem Reap Province for the next step of MOT. Then, SEAFDEC’s team and FiA’s staffs visited CKCF which aim to study on how to manage fisheries resources by community. CKCF is a floating village in Tonle Sap, compose of 7 villages and 1,238 households, 70% is fisheries, and 30% is small business and labor, and only 6  villages involved in fisheries management. The main fishing gear is fish gill net. CKCF has formed community fisheries group in 2000, which FAO supported the training course on Fisheries resources management, and encourage community to formulate local regulation for protect fisheries resources. Committee of CKCF has 11 members (included 3 women). CKCF have police and collaborate with agencies to protect the conservation area. The members of CKCF are actively participate in fisheries management. The activities of CKCF are 1) Monthly meeting for discussion on problem and progress the result of their activity, 2) Monitoring two conservation area. CKCF have two activities for future plan in 2015. The first plan is excavate the canal for patrol boat to monitor and protect conservation area. The second plan is reforestation along the conservation area.