SEAFDEC organized the Regional Technical Consultation on Fisheries Statistics and Information in Southeast Asia on 15 – 18 August 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand with the aim of improving the reporting of fishery statistics and the regional framework that had been used for the compilation of the regional fishery statistics. With funding support from the Japanese Trust Fund, the Consultation was attended by the members of the ASEAN Network on Fishery Statistics and/or their representatives representing the ASEAN Member States (AMSs), the representative from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Senior Officials of the SEAFDEC Secretariat, and staff of SEAFDEC Secretariat and Departments working on fisheries data/information collection and utilization.
During the deliberations, the requirements for improving the collection and reporting of the statistics for regional compilation were identified. The updated International Standard Statistical Classification of Fishing Gears (ISSCFG), ongoing works on the revision of the International Standard Statistical Classification of Aquatic Animal and Plants (ISSCAAP), and the new standard questionnaires on aquaculture statistics proposed by the Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP) were also discussed for future improvement of the Regional Framework for Fishery Statistics of Southeast Asia. The Consultation also agreed that in the future, the statistics on fish trade and fish processing would be included in the Fishery Statistical Bulletin of Southeast Asia based on the revised Regional Framework.
The Consultation also came up with policy support in order to strengthen the collection of fishery statistics by the AMSs and encourage policy makers of the AMSs to give more priority to collection of fishery statistics. The statistics for aquatic species important for the region should also be compiled in order that these statistics could be used as basis for the fisheries management of such species. The Consultation also agreed that after the adoption of the new CWP standard questionnaires on aquaculture, SEAFDEC will organize a Meeting to revise the Regional Framework for Fishery Statistics of Southeast Asia, possibly in 2020.