SEAFDEC/IFRDMD organized the “Workshop on 5-Year of IFRDMD’s Achievement” in Jakarta, Indonesia on 8-9 October 2019. The Workshop was officiated by the SEAFDEC Secretary-General, Mrs. Malinee Smithrithee, and the Director of Research Center of Fisheries of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia. Mr. Waluyo Sejati Abutohir. Moreover, the representatives from the ASEAN Member States, officials and researchers of IFRDMD as well as representatives from relevant institutions in Indonesia attended the Workshop.
During the Workshop, the Keynote Remarks was delivered by Prof. Ir. Sjarief Widjaja, Alternate SEAFDEC Council Director for Indonesia and Director of Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Human Resources. Prof. Widjaja subsequently presented the “Long Time Achievement Award in Inland Fisheries Research and Inland Fisheries Management Building” to Dr. Chumnarn Pongsri, the former Secretary-General of SEAFDEC in 2009-2015 which was the period that IFRDMD was established. At this event, Dr. Chumnarn, was also invited to present the Key Message depicting the important considerations for ensuring the sustainable development of inland capture fisheries in the Southeast Asian region. Also, the result of works of IFRDMD focusing on a wide range of subjects on inland capture fisheries and catadromous eels undertaken since its establishment in 2014 were summarized and presented at the event.