SEAFDEC Information Program Coordinator, Ms. Nualanong Tongdee, together with Senior Information Officer, Ms. Saivason Klinsukhon, and two officers from the Training Department attended the “Workshop on Fisheries Data Collection and Statistics: Global” which was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 9 November 2022 through an online platform. The Workshop was participated by FAO Member Countries, including five Southeast Asian countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Based on the outcomes of the previous regional workshops for Asia/Pacific, Americas, and Africa/Mediterranean/Middle East, the Workshop was aimed at consolidating the list of needs and related priorities for improving fisheries statistics and identifying the main pillars for a potential global strategy to streamline fisheries statistical systems based on the identified priorities.
During the Workshop, some suggestions from the “Regional Technical Consultations on Fishery Statistics and Information” organized by SEAFDEC in August 2022, i.e. requirement for support from regional/international organizations in conducting training on comprehensive analysis of statistical data, and developing a module and manual for gathering statistics data by the community were raised. In addition, the Workshop also highlighted the global strategy which includes three pillars: 1) standard methodologies framework; 2) fisheries statistical national (national plans, legal framework); regional and global governance; and 3) building regional and global capacity building framework for sustainable fisheries statistics systems.