The SEAFDEC Secretariat organized the Webinar on Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture by on 8 August 2023 through the Zoom platform. The resource persons of the Webinar include representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) genetic expert from the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Webinar was attended by the representatives from the SEAFDEC Member Countries, SEAFDEC Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, and officials from the SEAFDEC Secretariat, TD, AQD, MFRDMD, and IFRDMD.
During the Webinar, FAO presented its perspective on the status and challenges for genetic management in global aquaculture as well as updates on the implementation of the FAO Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. In addition, FAO also introduced the aquatic genetic resources information system (AquaGRIS) which is focused on farmed types of aquatic genetic resources (AqGR) and its application. Furthermore, the experience of the Philippines on data collection and genetic resource registry of milkfish (Chanos chanos) was also shared during the Webinar. Finally, FAO announced the planned online training program and introduced the relevant FAO resources on AqGR management.
The Webinar was one of the activities of the project “Assistance for Capacity Development in the Region to Address International Fisheries-related Issues” supported by the Japanese Trust Fund. The recording of the Webinar can be viewed at https://youtu.be/fiVrlFhyhXE.