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Information-sharing of the Impacts of COVID-19 on Fisheries and Aquaculture in Southeast Asia

SEAFDEC Secretary-General, Ms. Malinee Smithrithee opening the Webinar on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Fisheries and Aquaculture in Southeast Asia

The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) facilitated the sharing of information on the impacts of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture in Southeast Asia through the Webinar organized on 2-3 July 2020 with support from the Japanese Trust Fund (JTF). The Webinar had availed of the expertise of resource speakers from the FAO Headquarters, INFOFISH, CGIAR Research Program – WorldFish Center, as well as from the Thai Union Company Limited, Andaman Surimi Company Limited, Thai Frozen food Association, Viet Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), Department of Fisheries Thailand, and SEAFDEC Training Department, who discussed and assessed the impacts of COVID-19 on the fisheries and aquaculture sector of Southeast Asia. The Webinar was primarily aimed at sharing of information and experiences on the impacts of COVID-19 for better understanding of the current situation and establishment of adaptation measures to the new normal for our future. Also discussed were the immediate responses of the private sector to address the issues as well as the medium-term mitigation of the impacts of some countries. More than 250 personalities from international, regional, and national fisheries agencies and industry representatives participated in the each day’s session.