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SEAFDEC convenes the discussion on sub-regional cooperation for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in Fisheries in Northern Andaman Sea

To address the critical challenges for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in fisheries in Northern Andaman Sea, on 24-25 July 2018, the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project facilitated the discussion between Thailand and Myanmar on MCS sub-regional cooperation of Northern Andaman Sea in Bangkok, Thailand, aiming at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of fisheries-related MCS activities through enhanced cooperation, coordination, information collection and exchange among national organizations and institutions responsible for fisheries-related MCS. The Meeting was attended by national technical groups from relevant agencies such as fisheries, port authority, navy from Myanmar and Thailand as well as SEAFDEC staff and Regional Fisheries Policy Network Members (RFPN). The Meeting was considered as an initial step for framing out MCS network for Northern Andaman Sea toward sustainability of fisheries in this area. During the discussion, participants agreed common concerns and requirements of each M, C and S with the collaboration of responsible agencies to secure the mandate and approach to set up the sub-regional MCS network in connection to existing cooperation.