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SEAFDEC Council Chair visits SEAFDEC Training Department

CDThai-visit2The Director-General of the DOF Thailand and Chairperson of the SEAFDEC Council for the Year 2015-2016, Dr. Joompol Sanguansin, paid a courtesy visit to SEAFDEC Training Department on 20 June 2015, to observe and discuss the progress of works undertaken by SEAFDEC in relation to the operation of TD and the Secretariat. The discussion between Dr. Joompol and SEAFDEC senior officials led by SEAFDEC Secretary-General Dr. Chumnarn Pongsri also touched upon the planned conduct of the High-level Consultation on Regional Cooperation in Sustainable Fisheries Development Towards the ASEAN Economic Community, and the involvement of SEAFDEC in the ASEAN Seafood Exposition and Conference, both are to be hosted by the DOF Thailand in 2016.

Furthermore, issues on possible areas where TD could extend support to the DOF Thailand were also explored, e.g. regional initiatives in combating IUU fishing, joint resources and environmental surveys in the Gulf of Thailand, and other joint research programs between TD and DOF Thailand. After the discussion, Dr. Joompol visited the facilities of TD including the fishing gear and marine engineering workshops and the marine research vessels of TD.