SEAFDEC/AQD Joins Eel Survey in Indonesia and Myanmar

by Development Communication / EGDJ Ayson

SEAFDEC/AQD participated in surveys of eel fisheries and farming practices in Indonesia and Myanmar which were organized by the SEAFDEC Inland Fisheries Resources Development and Management Department (SEAFDEC/IFRDMD) last 18-21 January and 6-10 February, respectively.

These activities are in relation to the project on the “Enhancement of Sustainability of Catadromous Eel Resources in Southeast Asia” which SEAFDEC/IFRDMD is implementing with funding from the Government of Japan Trust Fund. IFRDMD has conducted earlier surveys in the Philippines and in Indonesia. A similar survey is also being planned for coastal areas of Thailand and Myanmar facing the Andaman Sea.

The SEAFDEC Program Committee has recommended that a survey of the status of tropical eel resources in the region be undertaken as a requisite for the formulation of strategies and plans for sustainable management and utilization of such resources. Results of the surveys will be presented in a workshop that will be organized by IFRDMD in April. A review of other R&D initiatives on eels will also be included in the workshop.

The Indonesia survey team included Dr. Budi Iskandar Prisantoso (Chief), Dr. Satoshi Honda (Deputy Chief), Dr. Dina Muthmainnah and Ms. Ni Komang Suryati of SEAFDEC/IFRDMD; and Dr. Takuro Shibuno (Deputy Chief), Dr. Evelyn Grace D. J. Ayson and Dr. Mae R. Catacutan of SEAFDEC/AQD.

For the Myanmar survey, the team was composed of Dr. Satoshi Honda (Deputy Chief), Ms. Ni Komang Suryati and Mr. Freddy Supriyadi of SEAFDEC/IFRDMD; Dr. Taweekiet Amornpiyakrit (Senior Policy and Program Officer) of SEAFDEC/Secretariat and Dr. Evelyn Grace D. J. Ayson of SEAFDEC/AQD.

The survey team at the PT. Laju Banyu Semesta Eel Farm. From left: Dr. Dina Muthmainnah (IFRDMD), Dr. Budi Iskandar Prisantoso (IFRDMD), Dr. Takuro Shibuno (AQD), Mr. Angga (PT. Laju Banyu Semesta), Dr. Evelyn Grace D. J. Ayson (AQD), Dr. Mae R. Catacutan (AQD), Ms. Ni Komang Suryati (IFRDMD), Dr. Satoshi Honda (IFRDMD)
The survey team at the PT. Laju Banyu Semesta Eel Farm. From left: Dr. Dina Muthmainnah (IFRDMD), Dr. Budi Iskandar Prisantoso (IFRDMD), Dr. Takuro Shibuno (AQD), Mr. Angga (PT. Laju Banyu Semesta), Dr. Evelyn Grace D. J. Ayson (AQD), Dr. Mae R. Catacutan (AQD), Ms. Ni Komang Suryati (IFRDMD), Dr. Satoshi Honda (IFRDMD)
The survey team at the Annawha Taipyi Fishery Co. Ltd. Eel farm. From left: Dr. Kyaw Kyaw (DoF, Myanmar), Mr. Khin Maung Htun (Mandalay District Fisheries Officer), Mr. U Min Myint (Owner of eel farm and trading center), Dr. Satoshi Honda (Deputy Chief, IFRDMD), Dr. Taweekiet Amornpiyakrit (Senior Policy and Program Officer, SEAFDEC/Secretariat), Ms. Ni Komang Suryati (IFRDMD), Dr. Evelyn Grace Ayson (AQD) and Mr. Freddy Supriyadi (IFRDMD)
The survey team at the Annawha Taipyi Fishery Co. Ltd. Eel farm. From left: Dr. Kyaw Kyaw (DoF, Myanmar), Mr. Khin Maung Htun (Mandalay District Fisheries Officer), Mr. U Min Myint (Owner of eel farm and trading center), Dr. Satoshi Honda (Deputy Chief, IFRDMD), Dr. Taweekiet Amornpiyakrit (Senior Policy and Program Officer, SEAFDEC/Secretariat), Ms. Ni Komang Suryati (IFRDMD), Dr. Evelyn Grace Ayson (AQD) and Mr. Freddy Supriyadi (IFRDMD)

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