Under the second-year implementation of the Regional Capacity Building Network (RECAB), the SEAFDEC Secretariat and SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (AQD) co-organized the “Regional Training Course on Advanced Aquaculture Technologies for Commercially Important Commodities in Southeast Asia” from 9 to 26 October 2023 at AQD in Tigbauan Main Station, Iloilo, Philippines. A total of 20 trainees from the ASEAN Member States (AMSs), namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam participated in the Training to enhance their knowledge and skills on various aspects of aquaculture i.e. biology, broodstock management, hatchery and breeding technology, nutrition, feeding, disease management, biosecurity measures and protocols, food safety of aquaculture products, and effects of climate change. The aquaculture technologies developed by AQD on several economically important aquatic species including marine fishes, mangrove crab, sandfish, giant freshwater prawn, and tilapia will be imparted to the Trainees through lectures, hands-on learning, and field visits to local aquaculture operations.
The RECAB program covers a series of intensive technical training courses provided by SEAFDEC Departments to enhance the capacity of relevant fisheries officers from the AMSs as well as strengthen regional cooperation and network among the AMSs on various disciplines of fisheries and aquaculture. The RECAB is a part of the project “Assistance for Capacity Development in the Region to Address International Fisheries-related Issues” funded by the Government of Japan through the Japanese Trust Fund.