Mobilizing the outputs of the SEAFDEC Symposium on Strategy for Fisheries Resources Enhancement in the Southeast Asian Region, 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 subsequently arranged by SEAFDEC on 31 July 2015 also in Pattaya, Thailand. Funded by the Japanese Trust Fund, the Inception Workshop was attended by representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam, as well as from the SEAFDEC Secretariat, Training Department (TD), Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD), and Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (IFRDMD); and the SEAFDEC Secretariat-based Members of the Regional Fisheries Policy Network (RFPN) as observers.
The issues and concerns discussed during the Inception Workshop were based mainly on the results of the three activities carried out by SEAFDEC under the JTF-5 Project on the Promotion of Sustainable Fisheries Resources Enhancement Measures in Critical Habitats/Fishing Grounds in Southeast Asia from 2010 to 2014, namely: (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 Sea grass Beds in Sriboya Island, Krabi Province, Thailand, presented during the preceding SEAFDEC Symposium on Strategy for Fisheries Resources Enhancement in the Southeast Asian Region. In addition, the relevant experiences of the Member Countries presented during the Symposium as well as the inputs from the Southeast Asian countries with regard to their initiatives in managing, enhancing and protecting fisheries resources were taken into consideration for enhancing the activities of the new JTF-6 Project.
As a result, implementation of the enhanced activities lined up under the said JTF-6 Project could already be pursued starting in 2015 taking into consideration the appropriate and effective resources enhancement project sites, tools, measures and rehabilitation plans for various critical habitats/fishing grounds suggested during the Workshop. Moreover, the recommendations arrived at after the discussions, would also provide the ways and means of adopting proper management and rehabilitation plans for the sustainability of fishing grounds and habitats in the Southeast Asian region.