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The 7th Regional Scientific and Technical Committee Meeting

DATE: 8-10 NOVEMBER 2022 

LOCATION: Jakarta,Indonesia

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The 6th Regional Scientific and Technical Committee Meeting

DATE: 4-6 JULY 2022 

LOCATION: SEAFDEC/TD, Samut Prakan, Thailand

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The 7th Ad-hoc Meeting of the Project Steering Committee

DATE: 27 May 2022

TIME: 08:00 – 11:30AM, UTC+7

LOCATION: Virtual Meeting

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About Fisheries Refugia

About Fisheries Refugia

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Refugia Guidelines


The Second Meeting of the Project Steering Committee (PSC2) for 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 was organized at Pullman Hotels and Resorts, Miri City, Sarawak, Malaysia from 5-6 November 2019. Hosted by the Department of Fisheries of Malaysia, in cooperation with the SEAFDEC Project Coordinating Unit (PCU), the PCS2 discussed on the progress of works and review the issues raised for consideration and approval by the Committee such as Regional Action Plan for management of Indo-pacific Mackerel, Guidelines for Indicators for management of fisheries refugia, financial matters, regional activities for 2020 and onwards, project management, financial matter, and other relevant matter. The Meeting was attended by all Project National Focal Point and all National Scientific and Technical Focal Point from 5 participating countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, including Ms. Isabelle Vanderbeck: the project task manager from UNEP via skype; Ms. Malinee Smithrithee: the SEAFDEC Secretary-General, observers, and the Project Director and staffs of the PCU.

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Joint effort on the Sustainability of Transboundary Species: Indo-Pacific Mackerel (Rastrelliger brachysoma)

Indo-Pacific mackerel (Rastrelliger brachysoma) is an economically important species of the Southeast Asian region, which migrates around the Gulf of Thailand (GOT). However, the trends are declining and catches are becoming unstable. Aiming at sustainable fishery resource, healthy habitats as well as ensured well-being of fishing communities, the Technical Consultative Meeting on Drafting of the Regional Action Plan for Management of Transboundary Species: Indo-Pacific Mackerel (Rastrelliger brachysoma) in the Gulf of Thailand Sub-region was held on 12-13 September 2019 in Chonburi Province, Thailand. The attendees of the Meeting were representatives from the countries of the Gulf of Thailand  and South China Sea sub-regions including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, resource persons from Sweden, Burapha University, as well as SEAFDEC officials and Regional Fisheries Policy Network members.

This Meeting was a joint effort between the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project and SEAFDEC/UNEP/GEF/ Fisheries Refugia Project to develop the Regional Action Plan for Indo-Pacific mackerel management. Both Projects have conducted several activities  such as DNA studies, data collection, among others to understand the stock and habitats of R. brachysoma. The Regional Action Plan would provide a direction within and among countries of the Southeast Asian region to work together in developing appropriate management of Indo-Pacific mackerel based on scientific information.

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

Indicators for long term management of Fisheries Refugia

GEF-UNEP/SEAFDEC Fisheries Refugia Project

The establishment and operation of a regional system of fisheries refugia in the South China Sea and the 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 the 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 on 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 with the set of indicators for the management of fisheries refugia

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