Singapore Hosts 46th SEAFDEC Council Meeting
AVA represented Singapore in hosting the 46th annual meeting of Council of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC) from 1 to 4 April 2014. SEAFDEC is a regional inter-governmental organisation that promotes the development of sustainable fisheries in Southeast Asia by mutual co-operation among 10 ASEAN Member Countries, and through collaboration with other international organisations and governments.
Minister of State for National Development and Defence, Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, who opened the meeting, said: “Sustainable fisheries, fishing, and aquaculture are key in promoting food security. Through this meeting, we aim to harness the potential of the region and holistically address global issues on sustainable fisheries, and reaffirm our commitment to develop and promote capabilities in sustainable fisheries management and innovative aquaculture technologies.”
The meeting noted the good progress and achievements of SEAFDEC in 2013, and approved the proposed programme of activities to be undertaken in 2014. Some notable outcomes were:
- Support for the establishment of the Regional Fishing Vessels Record as a tool to combat illegal unregulated and unreported fishing. The current units used in measuring fishing vessels will also be standardised into a commonly agreed unit of measurement.
- Endorsement of proposal to develop a Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Utilisation of Neritic Tunas in Southeast Asia. SEAFDEC has been requested to develop appropriate technology and fishing gears for the capture of neritic tuna species in a sustainable manner.
- Support of the proposal for SEAFDEC to serve as the coordination unit for the new training programme on an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM). SEAFDEC has been requested to provide assistance to Member Countries to enhance their capacities on the application of EAFM in the future.