This SEAFDEC Annual Report 2013 has been prepared by the Secretariat of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) in collaboration with the SEAFDEC Departments, namely: Training Department (TD), Marine Fisheries Research Department (MFRD), Aquaculture Department (AQD) and Department of Marine Fisheries Resources Development and Management (MFRDMD). The programs and activities implemented by SEAFDEC in 2013 were formulated and implemented in accordance with the priority needs and policy guidelines of Member States conveyed through the SEAFDEC Council and the Program Committee.
SEAFDEC COUNCIL IN 2013
SEAFDEC Council and Alternate Council Directors
Deputy General Director, Fisheries Administration, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Director of the Alternative Council: Mr.
SEAFDEC SENIOR OFFICIALS IN 2013
Training Department (TD) Chief
Marine Fisheries Research Department (MFRD) Chief
Aquaculture Department (AQD) Chief
Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD)
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON OF SEAFDEC COUNCIL FOR THE YEAR 2013-2014
MESSAGE FROM THE SEAFDEC SECRETARY-GENERAL
I would also like to express our gratitude to our collaborative partners for their support to SEAFDEC. In particular, I would like to express our gratitude to the Government of Japan through its Fisheries Agency, the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and our other collaborative partners. for the support and cooperation that enabled SEAFDEC to effectively implement our programs and activities in 2013.
OVERVIEW OF SEAFDEC PROGRAMS IN 2013
Developing and Promoting Responsible Fisheries for Poverty Alleviation and Food Security
Chemical and drug residues in fish and fish products in Southeast Asia: biotoxin monitoring in ASEAN countries -- ASP, AZA and BTX. Food Safety of Aquaculture Products in Southeast Asia AQD JTF Thrust III: Improving Management Concepts and Approaches for Sustainable Fisheries 11. Strategies for Bycatch Management in Trawl Fisheries.
Providing Policy and Advisory Services for Planning and Executing Management of Fisheries
Combating IUU fishing in the Southeast Asian region through the use of catch certification for international trade in fish and fishery products.
Addressing International Fisheries-related Issues from a Regional Perspective 20. Assistance for Capacity Building in the Region to
- Habitat Conservation and Resources Enchancement
This method of snail harvesting has led to the degradation of seagrass bed habitats as well as the deterioration of the dog snail population. During the workshop, various management measures were discussed to increase the optimal/sustainable use of resources, e.g.
SEAFDEC PROGRAMS OF ACTIVITIES IN 2013
Optimizing Energy Use and Improving Safety in Fishing Activities
As an initial activity, TD convened the "Regional Training Workshop on Energy Optimization and Maritime Safety for Small-Scale Fishing Vessels" on 3-8 February 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand to transfer knowledge on energy optimization and maritime safety through the use of extensive information and tools available at national, regional and global levels, which can be adapted, packaged and implemented by member countries. Basic and applicable knowledge on energy saving technologies, including the use of a fuel measuring device to verify the energy efficiency of various gears, as well as safety at sea, was imparted to the participants of the respective countries.
Improvement of Responsible Fisheries Technology
Coastal Area Capability Enhancement
Quality Seeds for Sustainable Aquaculture
One of the studies involves the mass production and use of copepods as natural food and possible alternative to Artemisia in intensive marine fish larviculture. For pompano Trachinotus blochii, the optimal conditions for breeding and seed production were determined, while the results of using copepods as larval diet and alternative to Artemia showed the best survival (96%) in copepod-fed larvae, but the highest weight high and length increase in Artemia-fed larvae. Improvements in the optimal ratio of natural food to artificial diet, and feeding rate for mud crabs showed that a combination of mussel and artificial diets gave the best results, while there were no significant differences.
Maintaining Environmental Integrity Through Responsible Aquaculture This is aimed at developing environment friendly-based aquaculture technologies by
Capacity building of fish farmers and other industry stakeholders on appropriate breeding and larval rearing technologies was carried out for the DOST-funded mud crab program, which includes activities in technology dissemination and private sector involvement in demonstration of technology in the field. Information on the carrying capacity of some freshwater systems in the Philippines based on modeling was compiled in collaboration with the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The dominant parameters driving carrying capacity were initial nutrient loading, followed by increase in lake surface area, mean lake depth, and leaching rate.
Adapting to Climate Change Impacts on Aquaculture
For rabbitfish, spawning was best in breeders kept at ambient temperature (29-30oC) followed by those kept at 31oC. The effects of elevated water temperature were also evaluated on embryonic development of the other important marine fish such as milkfish, rabbitfish and the Asian seabass, as well as on important molluscs such as abalone. For abalone larvae, survival and settlement rates were highest at ambient temperature and very low at 33oC and 31oC.
Meeting Social and Economic Challenges in Aquaculture
Small-scale fishers in Negros Occidental, Philippines, organized into a Barangay Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Management Council (BFARMC) continued to cooperate in AQD's activities on community-based stock enhancement of endangered high-value species in the Sagay Marine Reserve and. Community-based strategies for stock enhancement demonstrate the importance of synergy on the biological and social dimensions of fisheries management. For stock augmentation using hatchery-reared juveniles, fishermen, organized either as Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC) or as small-.
In developing adaptive measures for coral replenishment, field surveys of coral reef substrates by line-intercept transect and temperature profiling of coral reef areas were conducted along Nogas Island, Anini-y, Antique, Philippines.
Promotion of Sustainable and Region-Oriented Aquaculture Biologically, environmentally and socio-
Other R&D Activities
Training and information includes holding training courses at AQD's premises and on site on various topics such as: marine fish (grouper, snapper, sea bass, pompano, rabbitfish and milkfish) hatchery operations; hatchery, nursery and grow-out of tilapia, catfish, giant freshwater prawn, abalone, mud crab; sea cucumber hatchery and nursery; shrimp hatchery and culture; seaweed kindergarten; community-based mangrove rehabilitation; freshwater aquaculture; algae culture; fish health management; and techniques in bacteriology and microbiology. AQD also participated in fairs and exhibitions, while a mall exhibition featuring technologies developed and disseminated by AQD was organized as part of the activities to celebrate AQD's 40th anniversary in July 2013. Ceremonial opening of AQD's Mall Exhibition in Iloilo City of officials in AQD City. and University of the.
- Biotoxins Monitoring in the ASEAN Region
- Utilization of Freshwater Fish for Value Added Products
- Traceability Systems for Aquaculture Products
- Accelerating Awareness and Capacity-building in Fish Health Management Accelerating Awareness on Fish Health Management in Resource-deprived Countries
- Food Safety of Aquaculture Products
- Healthy and Wholesome Aquaculture
Specifically, the project intends to promote the implementation of traceability systems for aquaculture products in ASEAN. The "2nd On-Site Regional Training Workshop on Traceability Systems for Aquaculture Products in the ASEAN Region" was organized on 5-7 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand to provide a platform for sharing information and experiences between ASEAN countries on the implementation of traceability systems. Participants in the second on-site training workshop on traceability systems for aquaculture products in the ASEAN region (left); and breakout session facilitated by the resource person (right).
- Promotion of Fisheries Management and Combating IUU Fishing
- Management of By-catch from Fisheries
In collaboration with the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), TD organized the 15-19 July 2013 in Quezon Province "On-Site Training Course on Practical Approach to Community Based Fisheries Management in the Coastal Areas of the Philippines". Responses from the ASEAN countries to the questionnaire were subsequently used as input during the "Core Expert Meeting on Combating IUU Fishing in the Southeast Asian Region through Application of Catch Certification for International Trade in Fish and Fishery Products" on 7-9 October 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as in the completion of. Regional Guidelines for the Prevention of Landings, Imports and Exports of IUU Fishery Products", and by identifying the minimum requirements in the formulation of the proposed ASEAN.
- Improving Understanding on the Status of Fishery Resources in Southeast Asia
- Regional Cooperation for Tunas Fisheries Management
- Research and Management of Sharks and Rays
- Small Pelagic Fisheries Management
- Research and Management of Sea Turtles
- Improving Information and Statistics Collection for Management of Fisheries Enhancing the Compilation and Utilization of Fishery Statistics and Information for
TD conducted a “Benthic Habitat Mapping Training Workshop” for Member State technical staff to better understand benthic habitats in Southeast Asian countries from 18 to 22 February 2013 in Samut Prakan, Thailand. For marine fisheries, TD organized a “Regional Workshop on Marine Fisheries in Southeast Asian Waters” on 3-4 December 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, which reviewed and updated research works and initiatives on marine fisheries resource exploration. This is a valuable addition to the “Field Guide to Sharks in the Southeast Asia Region” also published by MFRDMD in 2012.
- Addressing International Fisheries-related Issues
On-site training on facilitating fisheries information collection through the introduction of community-based fisheries management” on May 13-16, 2013 in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam; on June 17-20, 2013 in Luang Prabang, Laos; on July 1-5, 2013 in Can Tho City, Vietnam; and on October 28 -November 1, 2013 in Champasak, Lao Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2013, SEAFDEC published the “Fishery Statistics Bulletin of Southeast Asia 2011”, using the statistics and data submitted by Member States. SEAFDEC has also updated the “List of Aquatic Animals and Plants of South East Asia”, to be used as a reference by the respective Member States when providing fisheries statistical data to SEAFDEC.
Anna Maria Oltorp the signing of the Agreement to promote responsible guidance provided on such matters will be accommodated in the implementation of relevant SEAFDEC projects. Results and outcomes of the process and indicators on achievements and positive impacts will be reflected in indications and reports from bodies and individuals outside the project, e.g. SEAFDEC Council, ASEAN, FAO/APFIC, RPOA, BOBLME in recognition of steps being taken and impacts achieved.
Highlight of Achievements in 2013
Participants in the SEAFDEC-Sweden Cooperation Introduction Seminar 2013-2017 Participants in the 4th Gulf of Thailand Sub-Regional Meeting. Biological studies on the status and distribution of neritic tuna should be conducted to support the development of a management plan for sustainable neritic tuna fisheries in the Southeast Asian region. It was a follow-up to the outcome of Rio+20, the implementation of UNCLOS and related instruments in the Southeast Asian region.
SEAFDEC PROGRAMS FOR 2014
Enhancing Capacity and Competitiveness to Facilitate International and Intra- regional Trade
Improving the collection and use of fisheries statistics and information for sustainable fisheries development and management in the Southeast Asian region.
Addressing International Fisheries-related Issues from a Regional Perspective 19. Assistance for Capacity Building in the Region to
Addressing socio-economic challenges in aquaculture AQD Philippines 8. Quality seed for sustainable aquaculture AQD Philippines.
IMPROVING SEAFDEC ORGANIZATION AND PERFORMANCE
The draft operational plan, function and work program of the IFRDMD was proposed to the SEAFDEC Council during its 45th Meeting in April 2013, and then to the SEAFDEC Special Council meeting in October 2013 for consideration. The SEAFDEC Secretariat has held regular program review meetings, especially for projects supported by the Japan Trust Fund and Sweden. In order to improve the programs of activities that specifically reflect the consequences and impacts of the activities in accordance with the recommendations made by the SEAFDEC Council during its 45th meeting, SEAFDEC also convened the "Internal Training on Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation " for staff of the SEAFDEC Training Department and Secretariat on 4-8 September 2013 in Petchaburi, Thailand.
COOPERATION WITH DONORS AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS IN 2013
TD's participation is focused on the implementation of the project components at the project sites in Thailand. AQD continued its collaboration with the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on January 28, 2013. The other two institutions involved in this collaboration are Aklan State University (Philippines) and the University of Philippines in the Visayas.
ENHANCING SEAFDEC VISIBILITY
- PRODUCTION OF RELEVANT, TIMELY, AND USEFUL INFORMATION MATERIALS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TARGET AUDIENCE
- RAISING SEAFDEC IMAGE AT NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS
- ENHANCING COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SHARING BOTH WITHIN SEAFDEC AND WITH MEMBER AND NON-MEMBER
- STRENGTHENING SEAFDEC CAPABILITY IN INFORMATION-RELATED ACTIVITIES
- REGULAR MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF INFORMATION ACTIVITIES
Improved the capacity of staff in information related offices through HRD taking into account staff volume and requirements and during the ISP Annual Meeting; and. Increased the financial sustainability of the publishing and information activity through increased sales of professional publications and souvenirs on a reimbursement basis. Organized the fourteenth meeting of the SEAFDEC Information Staff Program (ISP) to monitor the implementation of information related activities in accordance with information strategies to improve visibility and communication of SEAFDEC.
SEAFDEC REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES IN 2013
Unaudited contribution received by SEAFDEC from Member States and other funding sources for 2013 (in US dollars).