On April 8-12, 2019, USAID SEA Project in collaboration with USAID OCEANS participated in the 12th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum at Iloilo, Philippines. This event was hosted by The Asian Fisheries Society in partnership with the University of the Philippines Visayas and the University of the Philippines Visayas Foundation. Under the theme ‘’Transforming Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture for Sustainable Production and Nutrition’’, this forum presented recent advances in fisheries and aquaculture research and development in Asia. Many scientists, researchers, managers, practitioners, academics, government representatives from around the world attended this remarkable forum.
On April 11th 2019, the USAID SEA Project together with the Office of Marine Fisheries Research (Balai Riset Perikanan Laut – BPRL), Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) presented the results of all the stock assessments conducted to date on a special session titled ‘’Toward Sustainable Fisheries in Eastern Indonesia: Assessment of Fish Stock and Fisheries in a Data-Limited Context’’ . In this session, the USAID SEA Project Fisheries Advisors and BRPL Senior Researchers presented six scientific papers, which portrayed results from a series of training and workshop of fisheries management in 715 areas in Indonesia, conducted by MMAF, USAID SEA Project and implementing partners (WCS and WWF).
‘A bioeconomic model for compromising conflicting objectives of small pelagic fishery management adopting ecosystem approach in Fisheries Management Area 715 of Indonesia’ and ‘Length-based reference points for management of some demersal fish stocks in Fisheries Management Area 715 of Indonesia’ were among 6 papers presented in the special session.
Through this forum, the BPRL researchers were given an opportunity to present and publish their papers thus received feedback from International experts which will strengthen and expand their research analysis skill. During this event, MMAF researchers participated in 10 regular sessions and 7 special sessions to observe and learn about the development of scientific approaches and methodological research in the fisheries sector in Asia. They concluded that the methodology introduced by the USAID SEA Project is generally more advanced than those used in other countries.
Participating in this conference was also enabled USAID SEA team to showcase the project’s work to an international audience. USAID SEA publications, including The State of the SEA: Indonesia books, were displayed and attracted attention from the forum’ participants and visitors. Some participants also requested soft copies of the books. They were very appreciative and interested in the works of USAID SEA Project in improving Indonesia’s marine conservation and sustainable fisheries management. On the last day of the forum, a set of The State of the Sea Books were given to the University of Philippines Visayas, formally received by the Dean of the College of Fisheries and Oceans Sciences, Professor Encarnacion Emilia S. Yap. (AFD)