By Development Communication/B Acosta
The SEAFDEC Program Committee Members from the ASEAN and SEAFDEC Member Countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam), delegates from the collaborating agencies of SEAFDEC, regional and international organizations and senior officials of the SEAFDEC Secretariat and five Technical Departments (AQD, IFRDMD, MFRD, MFRDMD and TD) gathered on 28 November until 2 December 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the 39th SEAFDEC Program Committee Meeting and 19th Meeting of the Fisheries Consultative Group of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnerships (FCG-ASSP).
SEAFDEC Inland Fisheries Research Development and Management Department (IFRDMD), in cooperation with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia, hosted these meetings.
During the SEAFDEC Program Committee Meeting, SEAFDEC/AQD’s Research Division Head, Dr. Evelyn Grace de Jesus-Ayson and AQD Acting Chief, Dr Chihaya Nakayasu, presented the progress of AQD’s Departmental and Regional Programs in 2016, respectively and plans for 2017.
Noting the accomplishments of AQD’s R&D Programs, some member country representatives expressed interest in collaborating with AQD on training and research in aquaculture, particularly in the areas of aquatic animal health, feeding and nutrition, breeding of commercial aquatic species, and climate change adaptation.
AQD was also requested to give priority to dissemination of the important findings of studies on the use of plant-based protein sources in aquafeed formulations and on fish health management.
Concerning the FCG-ASSP Meeting, the discussions focused on the follow-up actions to the directives given at the last meetings of the SEAFDEC Council and ASEAN bodies related to fisheries, the progress and plans of the Programs under the FCG/ASSP and updates on international fisheries-related issues.
Country delegates representing the FCG-ASSP noted the progress made by AQD in aquatic animal health management and endorsed the policy recommendations on addressing the issues on EMS and other transboundary diseases. Dr. Ayson gave a presentation on this subject.
SEAFDEC Marine Fisheries Research Department will host the 2017 SEAFDEC Program Committee Meeting and Fisheries Consultative Group Meeting.