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SEAFDEC joins the webinar on review of illegal fishing in APFIC region

SEAFDEC Secretariat Policy and Program Coordinator, Dr. Worawit Wanchana, joined as one of the panelists of the webinar Review of Illegal Fishing in APFIC Region—Launch organized on 10 February 2021 by the Asia Pacific Fisheries Commission (APFIC) in collaboration with INFOFISH. The aims of the Webinar were to launch and evaluate the review of illegal fishing in the APFIC Region which was a collaborative effort between FAO and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). During the Webinar, the synopsis of estimation on volume, value, and nature of illegal catch and landing as well as the implications of and possible actions to track illegal fishing in the APFIC region were presented. Moreover, representatives from regional organizations, namely: RPOA-IUU, SEAFDEC, and BOBP-IGO served as panelists and delivered their feedback on the review. Dr. Worawit made suggestions to improve the review such as verification of secondary data and updating the information. In addition, he also shared the results of the regional technical consultation on IUU fishing conducted by SEAFDEC in 2020 including the fundamental elements for eliminating IUU fishing as well as ways forward at regional and national levels to combat IUU fishing in the Southeast Asian region. The recorded Webinar can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=D6h6xn7wc6E