With support from the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project, MFRDMD organized the Training/Workshop on Risk Assessments and Fisheries Management Framework/Measures of Longtail Tuna and Kawakawa in Southeast Asia on 6-10 August 2017 at SEAFDEC/MFRDMD in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Attended by representatives from Brunel Darussalam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Viet Nam, and Thailand, as well as staff from MFRDMD, TD, and SEAFDEC Secretariat, the Training/Workshop was part of the process of promoting the sustainable utilization of neritic tunas in Southeast Asia through regional cooperation.
At the start of the workshop, the Senior Director of Fisheries Research Institute from the Department of Fisheries Malaysia, Mr. Abu Talib Ahmad provided some insights and introduced the concept of Risk Assessment. The participants were then able to practice the software for analyzing the stock assessments of longtail tuna and kawakawa including CPUE standardization, stock assessments and management procedures based on the stock assessment results. Furthermore, the participants reported on the status of development of national management frameworks for sustainable tuna fisheries in their respective countries, based on the Regional Plan of Action for the Sustainable Utilization of Neritic Tunas in Southeast Asia.
After the workshop, the participants gained knowledge on risk assessment and skills in stock assessment methods, especially for longtail tuna and kawakawa in Southeast Asia. The participants were encouraged to transfer the stock assessment methods learned from the workshop to national scientists in their respective countries. It was announced at the end of the workshop that the 4th Scientific Working Group on Neritic Tunas Stock Assessment Meeting will be convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2017.