Through sub-regional approach, the SEAFDEC-Sweden project has been providing avenues for the SEAFDEC Member Countries bordering the Gulf of Thailand, namely: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia, to discuss and look for effective ways of improving the management of fisheries to sustain the fisheries resources in the sub-region.
As a follow-up of the 4th Meeting of the Gulf of Thailand Sub-region, SEAFDEC with funding support from the Government of Sweden conducted the Sub-regional Technical Meeting on Effective Fisheries Management between Malaysia and Thailand from 14 to 15 May 2014 in Penang, Malaysia. The Meeting was attended by representatives from Malaysia and Thailand and officials from SEAFDEC/Secretariat, TD and MFRDMD.
This Meeting was convened in order that Malaysia and Thailand could discuss their mutual interest in developing a collaborative fishery resources management, understanding that the nature of fisheries, migration of fish, and mobility of people and vessels in the fisheries sector are important factors that could not be disregarded. In a sense, cooperative management is necessary in order to address trans-boundary issues in fisheries.
During the Meeting, information on transboundary/shared stocks, systems and procedures of vessel registration/deregistration and issuance of licenses to fish, landing of catches by foreign fishing vessels, among others were shared. Both countries discussed the key issues and agreed on the actions that need to be undertaken for better management of the fishery resources of these two countries that border the Gulf of Thailand. It is expected that the outcome from this bilateral discussion would include increased understanding of the fishery issues in transboundary areas of the Gulf of Thailand shared by Malaysia and Thailand, and finding the ways and means of addressing such issues through joint approaches, with the final goal of promoting effective fishery resources management. Through this arrangement between Malaysia and Thailand, cooperation could be built up for better management of fisheries between these two countries.