More than 50 participants gathered in Penang, Malaysia last 25-29 November 2013 for the 36th Meeting of the Program Committee of SEAFDEC and the 16th Meeting of the Fisheries Consultative Group/ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership (FCG-ASSP). The participants comprised delegates from 11 Member Countries of SEAFDEC (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam); senior officials from SEAFDEC Departments and Secretariat; and representatives from the collaborating partners (regional and international organizations) of SEAFDEC. This year’s meetings were hosted by the SEAFDEC Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD). Read More »
The BOBLME and ICSF organized Sub-regional Dialogue on Labour, Migration and Fisheries Management in Bangkok, Thailand on 11-13 December 2013, aiming to address the needs for improving labor standards in fishing to enhance overall capacity to comply with fisheries management measures and obligations at the national, bilateral, regional, and international levels. The event was participated in by representatives from various national and regional institutions relevant to labor, migration and fisheries. During the Dialogue, Dr. Magnus Torell, Senior Advisor to SEAFDFEC presented “Labour, migration and fisheries management in the context of sustainable use of fisheries resources in the ASEAN region”. He pointed that the 2011 Resolution and Plan of Action emphasized the necessity for improving working conditions of people engaged in fisheries activities, and strengthen measures for safety of fishing vessels taking into consideration regional specificity; while there are a number of on-going development in the region, e.g. the Good Labour Practice (GLP) Guidelines for the Thai Fishing Sector, which are based on national and international labor instruments. Read More »
SEAFDEC convened the Special Meeting of the Council in Bangkok, Thailand on 3-4 October 2013 to discuss important management issues in order to improve the operations of the Center, particularly on the recommendations of the Third SEAFDEC Review, the Plans of Operation of SEAFDEC Departments and Secretariat, as well as other management issues.
The Meeting was chaired by Mrs. Drusila Esther E. Bayate, the Alternate SEAFDEC Council Director for the Philippines, on behalf of the Council Director for the Philippines and Chairperson of the SEAFDEC Council for 2013-2014. While recognizing the SEAFDEC activities, achievements, and financial situation during 2003-2012, the Council emphasized the need for SEAFDEC to further minimize possible duplication of efforts among Departments, and enhance the participation of Member Countries in the future activities of SEAFDEC. In addition, prioritization of the SEAFDEC activities is deemed necessary, and this should be considered during the program review at the next Meeting of the SEAFDEC Program Committee. It was also suggested that SEAFDEC should consider conducting regular performance assessment and cost-benefit analysis of its programs, however, this is subject to further discussion among the Member Countries. Read More »
During the 45th Meeting of the SEAFDEC Council in April 2013, the Department of Fisheries (DOF) of Thailand initially proposed the conduct of the ASEAN Fisheries Conference and Exposition, and after receiving full support from the 21st Meeting of the ASWGFi in July, the DOF of Thailand officially announced through a Press Conference, the organization of the said Exposition and Conference with the theme “ASEAN Seafood for the World” on 23 September 2013 at the Sofitel Centara Grand Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Read More »