The Symposium on Strategy for Fisheries Resources Enhancement in the Southeast Asian Region organized by SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) with the cooperation of the Aquaculture Department (AQD) and Secretariat in Pattaya, Thailand on 27-30 July 2015. Attended by more than 80 participants representing the SEAFDEC Member Countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam), the SEAFDEC Secretariat, TD, AQD, Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD), and Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (IFRDMD), the Symposium served as a forum to exchange the lessons learned and experiences gained from relevant resources enhancement initiatives of the SEAFDEC Member Countries. The Symposium, which also facilitated the sharing of scientific knowledge on fisheries resources enhancement imparted by renowned resource persons from Japan and the Southeast Asian countries, was supported by the Japanese Trust Fund.
With the discussion anchored mainly on the results of the project on the Promotion of Sustainable Aquaculture and Resource Enhancement in Southeast Asia (2010-2015) implemented by SEAFDEC with support from the Japanese Trust Fund, the Symposium was conducted following a two-pronged theme — Fishery Resources Enhancement through Habitat Improvement and Management; and Fishery Resources Enhancement through Artificial Propagation and Stock Release. In order to complete the necessary information on the region’s resources enhancement efforts, experiences from relevant initiatives of the Southeast Asian countries were also shared during the Symposium. The results of the Symposium which included the adopted policy recommendations and strategic plans of action for fisheries resources enhancement, would serve as basis for crafting the future direction of fisheries resources enhancement in the Southeast Asian region that would pave the way for the sustainability of the region’s fishery resources.