On 3 April 2015, in conjunction with the 47th Meeting of the SEAFDEC Council held in Chiang Rai, Thailand, SEAFDEC and the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) reached the stage where the collaborative arrangement between the two organizations was realized through the signing of the MOU by the Secretary-General of SEAFDEC Dr. Chumnarn Pongsri, and the Executive Director of the CTI-CFF Dr. Widi A Pratikto.
The collaboration between the CTI-CFF and SEAFDEC has been discussed since 2013, starting with the conduct of the Intergovernmental Forum on Live Reef Food Fish Trade (LRFFT). Since then, several technical activities had already been undertaken by SEAFDEC in the overlapping spatial areas of the CTI-CFF and SEAFDEC, e.g. the Project on Strategies for Trawl Fisheries By-catch Management” (REBYC-II CTI Project), promotion of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM), and conservation and management of fishery resources in the coral triangle area, etc.
The establishment of this collaborative arrangement would therefore serve as a platform for sharing of knowledge and experiences gained from the past works of both CTI-CFF and SEAFDEC for the benefit of Member Countries of the two organizations. Future areas for cooperation could also include those on human resources development, research and development, consultancy, information management and networking, and other possible areas that could be agreed upon by both parties in the near future.