Under the signed Memorandum of Agreement in 2014 (MoA 2014), the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project organized the Second Technical Meeting of the Joint Working Team for Fisheries Management between Cambodia and Viet Nam on 17-18 October 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to define the priority actions and joint work plans for the continued implementation of activities in the Gulf of Thailand Sub-region. Following the first technical meeting in 2014, this subsequent bilateral/transboundary joint Cambodia-Viet Nam technical meeting was part of the regional approach to strengthen cooperation for improved fisheries management of the four (4) Gulf of Thailand countries (Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam).
A total of 24 participants from Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration, Viet Nam’s D-Fish, and SEAFDEC-Sweden project attended the Meeting. The Cambodian delegation was led by Dr. Kao Sochivi, Deputy Director General of Fisheries Administration; and the Viet Nam delegation by Ms. Nguyen Thi Trang Nhung, Deputy Director of Science, Technology and International Corporation Department, Directorate of Fisheries (D-Fish).
Discussions at the meeting were cordial, constructive and forward looking, with reference to the three defined components: (1) Legal framework, (2) Management measures of transboundary species, and (3) Management of marine capture fisheries, combating illegal (IUU) and destructive fishing, together with the cross-cutting priority to facilitate capacity-building.
The dedicated working groups under the MoA 2014 have implemented key activities in seeking joint solutions between the two countries, such as mobilizing the mechanisms of information sharing, awareness raising and enforcement on fisheries management in Kampot-Kep (Camboida) and Kien Giang (Viet Nam); conducting comparative studies on Law and Regulations between Cambodia and Vietnam; initiating a mechanism for joint management plan for important species, such as Anchovy and Blue Swimming Crab; and enhancing institutional capacity building through a series of trainings, such as Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM), data collection, stock assessment, and so on. The Meeting also agreed to commence discussion on the action plan for 2018 and ways forward for deepening the identified sub-regional cooperation on fisheries and habitat management between Cambodia and Viet Nam.