SEAFDEC Secretariat in collaboration with MFRDMD organized the Third Meeting of the Scientific Working Group on Neritic Tunas Stock Assessment in the Southeast Asian Waters on 27-29 June 2016, in Chonburi Province, Thailand with funding support from the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project. The Meeting was attended by representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam together with the Resource Person on Stock Assessment, Dr. Tsutomo Nishida from the National Fisheries Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries (NRIFSF) of Japan. Other participants included the Senior Officers and Staff of SEAFDEC Secretariat, SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) and Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD).
With the overall objective of promoting sustainable utilization of neritic tunas in the Southeast Asian waters, the Meeting discussed the results of the stock assessment of longtail tuna and kawakawa in some ASEAN Member States based on respective countries’ data compilation of neritic tunas production as well as catch and effort. The Meeting also reviewed the biological and ecological aspects, developed plans for genetic studies of neritic tunas in this region as well as determined the requirements of the countries for capacity building in stock assessment of neritic tunas at the country level.
An important output of the Meeting was the draft policy recommendations on improvement of fisheries management and data collection to understand stock status of neritc tuna resources in Southeast Asia which were adopted by the Scientific Working Group (SWG). During the closing of the 3rd SWG-Neritic Tunas Meeting, the SWG Member from the Philippines offered to host the 4th SWG Meeting in 2017 in the Philippines.