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Regional Technical Consultation (RTC) on Development of Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) for Management of Fishing Capacity in Southeast Asian Countries convened

rtcfishcapacity2015groupManagement of fishing capacity, which is a key element in fisheries management, focuses not only on the management of “fish” but also in regulating the fishing effort by developing some schemes to give direction on where and how to fish, total number of vessels allowed to fish, and type of gear to be used (or not to be used) in fishing.

rtcfishcapacity2015pic1Malaysia as lead country for the cluster on “Promoting sustainable fisheries practices-Fishing capacity and responsible fisheries practices” as set forth in the ASEAN Fisheries Consultative Forum (AFCF) Work Plan 2010-2012, has initiated the development of the draft Guidelines for Managing Fishing Capacity for the ASEAN Region. Anchoring on such draft, SEAFDEC in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries Malaysia organized the First Regional Technical Consultation (RTC) on Development of Regional Plan of Action-Management of Fishing Capacity in Southeast Asia with funding support from the Japanese Trust Fund and SEAFDEC-Sweden Project, on 24-26 February 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

rtcfishcapacity2015pic2Attended by more than 40 participants from ASEAN-SEAFDEC Member Countries, representatives from FAO/RAP and RPOA-IUU Secretariat as well as SEAFDEC officers, the three-day Consultation was aimed at providing a platform for the Southeast Asian countries to identify issues and challenges in managing fishing capacity within the region, and brainstorming on the contents and feasible measures as useful inputs of the draft RPOA or Guidelines to ensure that these meet the requirements and specific situation with regards to fisheries and fishing capacity in the ASEAN region.

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