Date: 31 July 2015
Venue: Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand
1. To share the updated information and experiences on the Sustainable Fisheries Resources Enhancement Measures in Critical Habitats/Fishing Grounds in Southeast Asia,
2. To identify appropriate and effective resources enhancement project site, tools, measures and rehabilitation plan for various critical habitats/fishing grounds,
3. To strengthen the collaboration and cooperation among SEAFDEC member countries on promotion of sustainable fisheries resources enhancement in Southeast Asia.
The Regional Inception Workshop for JTF-6 Program on the Promotion of Sustainable Fisheries Resources Enhancement Measures in Critical Habitats/Fishing Grounds in Southeast Asia was organized by the SEAFDEC Training Department on 31 July 2015 in Pattaya, Thailand. Funded by the Japanese Trust Fund, the Workshop was attended by representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The SEAFDEC Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, senior officials and staff of the SEAFDEC Secretariat, Training Department (TD), Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD), the Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (IFRDMD), and Members of the Regional Fisheries Policy Network (RFPN) also attended the Workshop.
The Workshop was review of the activities on rehabilitation of fisheries resources and habitat/fishing grounds for resources enhancement. The outputs of the activities undertaken during the implementation of the preceding JTF-5 Project on the “Promotion of Sustainable Fisheries Resources Enhancement Measures in Critical Habitats/Fishing Grounds in Southeast Asia” implemented from 2010 to 2014 were summarized. Three activities had been carried out under this project. These are: (1) Environmental Survey Studies on Artificial Reefs in Rayong Province, Thailand; (2) Resources Conservation and Enhancement in Nam Houm Reservoir, Lao PDR; and (3) Habitat Conservation and Resources Enhancement in Seagrass Beds in Sriboya Island, Krabi Province, Thailand. Furthermore, the lessons learned (successes and failures) from the JTF-5 Project as well as relevant experiences of the Member Countries presented during the SEAFDEC Symposium on Strategy for Fisheries Resources Enhancement in the Southeast Asian Region convened on 27-30 July 2015 also in Pattaya, Thailand should be taken into consideration in planning the enhanced activities of the new JTF-6 Project.
In addition, the Workshop was identified of the appropriate and effective resources enhancement project sites, tools, measures and rehabilitation plan for various critical habitats/fishing grounds. The input provided by SEAFDEC Member Countries. For example, the need for the Project to identify and develop the most suitable tool for effective resources enhancement and rehabilitation based on specific models proven to be successful elsewhere in the region. Moreover, the fisheries refugia is a crucial activity that should be undertaken in order to identify the spawning season of all important species. Furthermore, the Workshop got a value recommendations from the participants such as
- Compilation of information and development of database that could be referred to by Member Countries,
- Mapping of important critical fishing grounds and habitats and associated fish species should be conducted taking into consideration various sources of information,
- Monitoring and evaluation of successes and failures of resources enhancement initiatives should be carried out based on intended objectives,
- SEAFDEC should consider the possibility of allocating some funds for development of Regional Guidelines for Installation of the Artificial Reefs (ARs) based on the best practices undertaken by the Member Countries.
The information and cooperation of the Member Countries, the project would be able to come up with guaranteed results that are beneficial to the Southeast Asian countries.