For over a decade, the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project supported the Gulf of Thailand countries in gathering annually to build up sub-regional cooperation, exchange knowledge, and update the progress of national and sub-regional efforts in the promotion of marine fishery resources sustainability and reducing IUU fishing in the sub-region. The 8th Meeting of the Gulf of Thailand Sub-region was convened on 4-5 September 2019 in Chonburi Province, Thailand, which is the last Meeting with funding support from the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project. The Meeting was attended by more than 30 representatives from the Gulf of Thailand countries namely: Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam as well as from FAO, Fisheries Refugia Project, and SEAFDEC Secretariat, TD, and MFRDMD.
During the Meeting, the countries and organizations were updated on the progress on the management of fishery resources (e.g. Indo-Pacific mackerel, neritic tunas), national laws, regulations, and actions for fisheries management, and strengthening of the MCS network in the Gulf of Thailand sub-region. In addition, the countries were also informed about the future opportunities to strengthen the Gulf of Thailand sub-region platform through on-going and new project formulations.