By Development Communication Section / EGDJ Ayson
SEAFDEC/AQD Chief Dr. Felix G. Ayson and Research Division Head Dr. Evelyn Grace de Jesus-Ayson participated in the First Workshop on Enhancement of Catadromous Eel Resources in Southeast Asia in Palembang, Indonesia organized by SEAFDEC’s Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (IFRDMD) last 26 to 29 April 2016.
The objectives of the workshop include the 1) review of the status of tropical catadromous eel resources and aquaculture activities in SEAFDEC member countries, 2) review of R&D on tropical catadromous eels, 3) review of eel resources management and conservation and measures adopted by governments, and 4) formulation of action plans and policy recommendations for the sustainability of tropical catadromous eel resources in the region.
Dr. FG Ayson co-chaired the technical sessions and workshop with IFRDMD Acting Chief and Deputy Chief Dr. Satoshi Honda while Dr. EDGJ Ayson presented a review of the R&D needs for sustainable production of catadromous eels through aquaculture.
Also present in the Workshop were Dr. Achmad Poernomo (SEAFDEC Alternate Council Director for Indonesia); Dr. Kom Silapajarn (SEAFDEC Secretary General), representatives from Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam; Mr. Shigeru Matsushita (President of PT Seagerland Unagi Jaya) representing the Indonesia eel aquaculture industry; Mr. Ichiro Nomura (Japan International Cooperation Agency, Jakarta Office); Dr. Taweekiet Amornpiyakrit (Senior Policy and Program Officer); Ms. Nualanong Tongdee (Information Program Coordinator, SEAFDEC Secretariat); representatives from academic and research institutions involved in eel R&D in Indonesia; and officials from the Ministry of Fisheries (AMAFRAD, MMAF), Research Institute for Inland Fisheries (RIIF) and IFRDMD.
The workshop was capped with a tour of the new IFRDMD-RIIF campus.