On 29 August 2014, the Secretary-General of SEAFDEC, Dr. Chumnarn Pongsri, accompanied by Senior Advisor to SEAFDEC, Dr. Magnus Torell, SEAFDEC-Sweden Project Manager, Ms. Pattaratjit Kaewnuratchadasorn, and Regional Fisheries Policy Network Member for Myanmar, Dr. Myo Min Hlaing paid a courtesy call on Mr. Ohn Myint, Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Their discussion mainly touched on the key programs of SEAFDEC that support Myanmar, especially in the area of fisheries resources management. In addition, arrangements for the forthcoming ASEAN-SEAFDEC Workshop on the Development and Use of Alternative Dietary Ingredients in Aquaculture Feed Formulations to be hosted by Myanmar in December 2014, was deliberated on.
Minister Ohn Myint expressed his satisfaction with the excellent relationship between SEAFDEC and the Department of Fisheries of Myanmar, and agreed that there is a need to strengthen the collaboration among the SEAFDEC Member Countries in several key areas for sustainable development. He cited that priority could be given to poverty reduction and improvement of the effectiveness and coordination in fisheries resources management in Myanmar and the Southeast Asian region as a whole.
Furthermore, the SEAFDEC team also took the opportunity to report and update the SEAFDEC Council Director and Alternate Council Director for Myanmar on the outputs of the Sub-regional Consultative Meeting on Collaborative Fisheries Management around the North Andaman Sea/Myeik Archipelago on 27-28 May 2014 in Phuket, Thailand. The key issues highlighted in the report include combating IUU fishing, management of trans-boundary migratory species, and the need to develop fisheries and habitat management system as well as sub-regional management approaches and strategies for the North Andaman Sea/Myeik Archipelago to strengthen the collaborative arrangement between Myanmar and Thailand. The SEAFDEC team also followed-up on the establishment of a Planning and Management Committee as well as the composition of the thematic working team for the trans-boundary management between Myanmar and Thailand. In this regard, the SEAFDEC team requested the Council Director for Myanmar to urgently consider identifying and officially delegating the members for the committee and the working team to enable them to perform their designated roles and functions in the said collaborative arrangement.