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The 2nd Meeting of Project Steering Committee (PSC2)

DATE: 5-6 November 2019


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About Fisheries Refugia

About Fisheries Refugia

Refugia Guidelines

Refugia Guidelines


Fig. 1: in the mechanism on establishment and operation of a regional system requires long term appropriated indicators for management of fisheries refugia.

Establishment and operation of a regional system of fisheries refugia in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand required a mechanism (Figure 1) to achieve the target objective to “operate and expand the network of fisheries refugia in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand for the improved management of fisheries and critical marine habitats linkages. Additionally, to ensure long term management of the fisheries refugia, the appropriated indicator sets as well as the standardized methods for collection and analysis of data and information, for the use in assessing the impacts of fisheries refugia are needed. In response to this, the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) for the SEAFDEC/UNEP/GEF Project on Fisheries Refugia organized the Regional Meeting on Indicators for Refugia Management during September 9th -11th, 2019, in Pattaya, Chonburi province, Thailand. 17 participants (5 Females and 12 Males) from 6 participating countries namely, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Viet Nam, Thailand and PCU staff attended the meeting. Throughout the brainstorming sessions, the meeting could come up the set of indicators for management of fisheries refugia

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Fisheries Administration of Cambodia (FiA) hosted the 2nd Meeting of the Regional Scientific and Technical Committee Meeting (RSTC2) at Thansur Sokha Hotel, Kampot Province Cambodia on 21st – 23rd May 2019. This biannual meeting is one of regional activities under the SEAFDEC/UNEP/GEF Project on Establishment and Operation of a Regional System of Fisheries Refugia in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand with aims to overseeing the scientific and technical elements of the project; ensuring effective implementation of activities undertaken during project execution; and providing sound scientific and technical advice to the Project Steering Committee. The meeting invited not only the all national scientific and technical focal point but regional experts from various institutions such as IOC/Westpac-SEAGOOS project, Research and Development Division of the Training Department, Chulalongkorn University, as well as our partners from the SEAFDEC Sweden project and SEAFDEC/JTF projects. The highlights of the discussion are the updated national activities on establishment of a Regional system of Fisheries Refugia by 4 Member States namely Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand during the past years till 1st Quarter of 2019. It is also noted that Viet Nam and Indonesia will start the project implementation from the third quarter of 2019 after signing the Letter of Agreement and revision of the national project activities and workplans for 2019-2020. There are several issues on the Data and Information needs to support the activities were addressed as follows: 

During February 12-14, 2019, the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) of the SEAFDEC/UNEP/GEF Project on “Establishment and Operation of a Regional System of Fisheries Refugia in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand”, in collaboration with Fisheries Administration (FiA) of Cambodia, conducted a Technical Training on Biological Studies of Short Mackerel (Rastrelliger brachysoma) in the coastal water Cambodia. There were 9 participants attended this training including 3 officers from Fisheries Administration (FiA), Cambodia and 3 fisheries officers from fisheries cantonment of Koh Kong Province, and 1 each of fisheries officer from Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Kep Province, Cambodia.













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