The 39th Meeting of the Program Committee of SEAFDEC (39 PCM) was organized on 28-30 November 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to review the progress and achievements of implementation of SEAFDEC projects in 2016 and the programs of activity for 2017. Immediately after 39 PCM, the 19th Meeting of the Fisheries Consultative Group of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership (FCG/ASSP) was organized on 1-2 December 2016 also in Yogyakarta. This year’s meetings were hosted by the SEAFDEC Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (IFRDMD) with the cooperation of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) of Indonesia.
The Program Committee of SEAFDEC reviewed the twenty-one projects that were categorized under SEAFDEC Program Thrusts including two special projects as well as one pipeline project under Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) which will be implemented in 2017. The 39 PCM also considered the progress and achievements of the Departmental Programs and Other Programs. In addition, the 39 PCM also discussed the Concept Proposal for the Special Event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of SEAFDEC and another Concept Proposal on the Development of the ASEAN Common Fisheries Policy. Results from the review process and the recommendations of the 39 PCM will be submitted for endorsement by the higher authorities of the ASEAN through the Fisheries Consultative Group of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership (FCG/ASSP) and to the 49th Meeting of SEAFDEC Council for consideration and approval.
The 19th Meeting of the Fisheries Consultative Group of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership (19 FCG/ASSP) highlighted on the follow-up actions carried out by SEAFDEC and the ASEAN Member States with respect to the directives given at the 48th Meeting of the SEAFDEC Council, meetings of ASEAN bodies related to fisheries and other meetings of SEAFDEC. Status of the programs and activities implemented by SEAFDEC in 2016 and proposed for 2017 under the FCG/ASSP mechanism endorsed by the 39 PCM, the progress of the proposals under the ASSP framework, and issues of importance to the fisheries sector of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Member Countries, especially those on CITES issues and combating IUU fishing, were also discussed. The results and recommendations of the 19 FCG-ASSP would be submitted to the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi) for endorsement and to the subsequent meetings of the ASEAN on fisheries.