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.