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Revealing Scientific Knowledge on Indo-Pacific Mackerel (Rastrelliger brachysoma) towards the Sustainability of Fishery Resources in the Gulf of Thailand Sub-region

The SEAFDEC-Sweden Project organized a two-day Technical Meeting on Management of Transboundary Species: Indo-Pacific Mackerel in the Gulf of Thailand, from 19 to 20 December 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting brought together around 30 participants including country representatives from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam, scientists, management personnel, experts from university, and SEAFDEC officers.

Through the series of consultations among countries in the Gulf of Thailand in 2016-2017, it was agreed to conduct a DNA study on the Indo-Pacific mackerel in the Gulf of Thailand Sub-region in 2018. It is expected that the genetic studies would provide knowledge to understand the population of this species. This Technical Meeting was meant to disseminate the results of the DNA study and to discuss the suggestions and way forward for the development of a joint management plan for Indo-Pacific mackerel in the Gulf of Thailand Sub-region. In addition, relevant knowledge which includes water current, chlorophyll-a, and planktonic and larvae stages were also discussed in order to understand the behavior of Indo-Pacific mackerels. This Meeting served as a venue for collaboration among the Gulf of Thailand countries where scientific knowledge is used for evidence based planning and decision-making to implement appropriate management measures in ensuring the sustainability of the fishery resources.