SEAFDEC Takes Active Role in Shaping the Future of Aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region

Officials from the SEAFDEC Secretariat as well as from the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
(SEAFDEC/AQD) participated in the “2nd High-Level Meeting on Aquaculture Transformation in
Asia and Pacific Region” organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations (FAO), Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), and Department of
Fisheries of Thailand on 8–9 November 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting brought
together key stakeholders, including government representatives, private sector leaders, and
development partners, to foster sustainable and resilient aquaculture practices in the region.
During the Meeting, the participants deliberated and shared their expertise, insights, and
ongoing initiatives on policies, innovations, and investment priorities in shaping the future of
aquaculture. Specifically, SEAFDEC/AQD, a recognized leader in aquaculture research and
development in the region, played an integral role in the discussions that revolved around
sustainable practices, innovations, and collaborative efforts essential for the transformation of
the aquaculture sector such as the implementation of water recirculation systems to reduce
environmental impact, adoption of natural feed alternatives to minimize the use of traditional
fishmeal, and development of genetically improved fish species with enhanced disease

The involvement of SEAFDEC in the Meeting aligned with the organization’s commitment to
advancing fisheries and aquaculture for the benefit of present and future generations. The
insights shared and gained during the Meeting will further enhance the ongoing initiatives of
SEAFDEC and contribute to the overall development of aquaculture practices in the Asia-Pacific
region. As SEAFDEC continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of aquaculture toward
greater sustainability, resilience, and global significance, the organization looks forward to
attaining further collaborations with national, regional, and international partners.