Since 2013, the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project has made effort in strengthening cooperation among countries bordering the Gulf of Thailand (Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam), with emphasis on the integration of fisheries and habitat management, managing fishing capacity, monitoring catch landings across boundaries, and combating illegal and destructive fishing for long-term utilization of the coastal and marine fisheries resources in the Gulf of Thailand Sub-region. In 2014, the Project successfully facilitated technical discussion between Malaysia and Thailand, and came up with action plans between the two countries for cooperation on management of fisheries and habitats, including the management of fishing capacity, landing across boundaries, and combating illegal fishing.
To follow up on such initiative, the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project organized the “Second Sub-regional Technical Meeting on Effective Fisheries Management between Malaysia and Thailand” on 25-26 July 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The main task of this Meeting was to update the progress made in line with activity plans developed during the first Sub-regional Technical Meeting conducted in May 2014. This Second Sub-regional Meeting also served as an opportunity for the two countries to provide updates on the development of their respective legal frameworks relevant to marine capture fisheries, sharing of information on system on landing of catch across the borders, and update the progress of work on management of transboundary resources (i.e. anchovy, Indo-Pacific mackerel and blue swimming crab (AIB) species and neritic tunas).
During the discussion, the Meeting revised the action plans and came up with way forward to further enhance the cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand in support of bilateral cooperation on fisheries and habitat management in Southwestern Gulf of Thailand.