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The 6th Project Steering Committee Ad-hoc Meeting

DATE: 30 November 2021

LOCATION: Virtual Meeting

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Final Round Discussion Among Experts for Setting the Spiny Lobster and Tiger Prawn Refugia in Malaysia

Photo: DOF/Malaysia

Department of Fisheries Malaysia (DOF) organized a mini-seminar on establishing fisheries refugia for lobster in Tanjung Leman, Johor, and tiger prawn in Kuala Baram, Sarawak, from 30 March to 2 April 2021. The seminar was attended by 25 participants physically and virtually from fisheries research institutions, universities, marine parks, SEAFDEC/MFRDMD, and headquarters' senior officers (Appendix 1).

The seminar's objectives are as follows:

  1. to update the scientific findings from the survey studies for a further selection of the refugia’s boundaries.
  2. Information sharing platform between Centre of Excellence's expertise and the Department of Fisheries, specifically on the site’s characteristic and supporting technical data.
  3. Integrating research data to determine the boundaries of the refugia establishment area
  4. Determination of phase of the species life stage that needs to be managed and protected
  5. Evaluate and identify appropriate management measures based on the findings of the studies
  6. Discuss and formulate further actions towards the management of refugia areas identified


Study of Lobster Resources for the Establishment of a Fishery Refugia in East Johore WatersThe discussions are based on nine research studies from the National Fisheries Research Institutes involved in the project as follows:

  1. Distribution and Density of Phyllosoma Lobster in East Johore and Pahang Waters of Peninsular Malaysia
  2. The Report on the Study of Mud Spiny Lobster (Panulirus polyphagus) Distribution and Density in East Johor-South Pahang Waters: Observer-On- Board Survey 2019
  3. Maturation and spawning of female adult Penaeus monodon in Kuala Baram, Miri, Sarawak
  4. The Study of Tiger Prawn (Penaeus monodon) spawners, distribution, density, and biomass in Kuala Baram, Miri Sarawak in 2019
  5. The study of juvenile tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon), distribution, density, and biomass of juvenile monodon in Sg. Pasu, Sg.Lutong and Sg. Bakam in Miri, Sarawak
  6. Biological information of mud spiny lobster, Panulirus polyphagus in Johor, Malaysia
  7. Pre-Project Effect Study of Establishment of Mud Spiny Lobster Refugia Area on the Fishermen Socioeconomy of South Pahang -East Johor
  8. Pre-Project Effect Study of Establishment of Tiger Prawn Refugia Area on the Fisherman Socioeconomy of Kuala Baram, Sarawak


The Refugia for Lobster sites at Tanjung Leman, Johor (Figure 1), and The Tiger Prawn Refugia sites in Kuala Baram, Sarawak (Figure 2) are finalized,The results presented the decision to support the establishment of a regional system of fisheries refugia in Malaysia as follows:

  1. The meeting members agreed to protect mature adults for both species, especially during the breeding season.
  2. Good practices and management measures workshops will be held soon to evaluate management aspects in accordance with socioeconomic and technical data on both refugia sites.
  3. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) agreed to share data and information on the study of lobster and tiger prawns to help strengthen the research results.

For more information, please follow-up our Fisheries Refugia Website as: https://fisheries-refugia.org

(updated on 5 November 2021)

 

APPENDIX 1

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Prof. Dr. Mohd Ikhwanuddin bin Abdullah

Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries, University Malaysia Terengganu

Dr. Khor Wai Ho

Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries, University Malaysia Terengganu

Dr. Zainoddin bin Jamari

Director Fisheries Research Institute, Batu Maung, Penang Department of Fisheries

Mr. Hj. Mohd Sufian bin Sulaiman

Senior Director Marine Parks and Resource Management Division Fisheries Headquarters, Putrajaya

Mdm. Shamila binti Zainol

Head of Marine Parks Development and Marine Protection Section Marine Parks and Resource Management Division Fisheries Headquarters, Putrajaya

Mr. Sallehudin bin Jamon

Director Fisheries Research Institute Kg. Acheh, Lumut Perak

Mr. Jamil bin Musel

Director Fisheries Research Institute Bintawa, Sarawak

Mdm. Vaani a/p Muniandy

Fisheries Officer Planning and Development Division Fisheries Headquarters, Putrajaya

Mdm. Halina binti Hashim

Head of Marine Parks, Resource Management and Protection Section Pahang State Fisheries Office

Ms Bahrinah binti Bahrim

Head of Marine Parks, Resource Management and Protection Branch Johor State Fisheries Office

Mdm. Norhanida binti Daud

Senior Research Officer FRI Batu Maung Pulau Pinang

Mdm. Aishah binti Hj. Yusoff

Senior Fisheries Officer Marine Parks Development and Marine Protection Branch

Mdm Normah binti Said

Fisheries Officer Collaboration and Public Awareness Section Marine Parks and Resource Management Division Fisheries Headquarters, Putrajaya

Mr. Albert Apollo Chan

Fisheries Officer Ecosystem Conservation and Biodiversity Section Marine Parks and Resource Management Division Fisheries Headquarters, Putrajaya

Mdm. Noraishah binti Hashim

Director Johor State Fisheries Office

Mdm. Noor Hasmayana binti Yahaya

Head of Fisheries Resource Management Section Marine Parks and Resource Management Division Fisheries Headquarters, Putrajaya

Mr. Mohamad Saupi bin Ismail

Senior Research Officer FRI Batu Maung Pulau Pinang

Mr. Abd. Haris Hilmi bin Ahmad Arshad

 

Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD), Terengganu

Liza binti Long

Deputy Director (Management) Sarawak Marine Fisheries Department

Mdm Nurridan binti Abd Han

Senior Research Officer FRI Bintawa Sarawak

Mr.Ryon Siow

Senior Research Officer FRI Kg. Acheh Perak

Mr. Rizwan bin Nordin

Fisheries Officer Sarawak Marine Fisheries Department

En. Gerald N. Misol JR

Marine Parks, Resource Management and Protection Branch Johor State Fisheries Office

Ms. Nur Hidayah binti Asgnari

Research Officer FRI Kg. Acheh Perak

Mdm. Nurashiqin binti Salih Udin

Fisheries Officer Marine Parks and Resource Management Division, Headquarters

Ms.Nor Amnah binti Taib

Assistant Fisheries Officer Marine Parks and Resource Management Division

 

 

 

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