Twenty participants from SEAFDEC member countries completed the Japan-funded “Regional Training Course on Advanced Aquaculture Technologies for Commercially Important Commodities in Southeast Asia,” organized by SEAFDEC/AQD on 9–26 Oct. 2023.
The 17-day training was part of the Regional Capacity Building Network (RECAB) on Aquaculture, wherein delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam gathered to enhance their knowledge and skills in various aspects of aquaculture, guided by SEAFDEC/AQD scientists and specialists.
The training covered a wide array of topics, including biology, broodstock management, hatchery and breeding technology, nutrition, feeding, disease management, biosecurity measures and protocols, food safety of aquaculture products, and the impact of climate change.
Furthermore, the course curriculum included lectures, hands-on learning, and field visits to local aquaculture operations in Panay, Guimaras, and Negros islands. The activities were designed to provide comprehensive insights into the commodities that have been the subject of research at SEAFDEC/AQD.
The RECAB program is a part of the project “Assistance for Capacity Development in the Region to Address International Fisheries-related Issues,” funded by the Government of Japan through the Japanese Trust Fund. Its goal is to strengthen the capacity of fisheries officers as well as strengthen regional cooperation and network among the member countries on various disciplines of fisheries and aquaculture.
The closing program, meanwhile, was graced by the newly appointed SEAFDEC Secretary-General, Dr. Suttinee Limthammahisorn.