Six scientific papers on fish stock assessments that were conducted with support from the United States Agency for International Development Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced Project (USAID) were presented at a special scientific session during the 12th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (12th AFAF) held in Iloilo City in April 2019. USAID SEA provided participation assistance to four researchers from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) who presented the papers alongside fisheries experts from USAID SEA and implementing partner Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The assistance was part of a bigger initiative by USAID SEA to help strengthen fisheries management in Indonesia, such as through stock assessments and the development of harvest strategies for three target species groups, namely, red snapper, grouper and small pelagic fish. Specifically, it was aimed at sharing the stock assessment findings and obtaining scientific and technical inputs from international experts, as well as building the capacity of the MMAF researcher-presenters to share and promote their work with the international community of fish stock assessment experts.
AFAF is a triennial event organized by the Asian Fisheries Society to provide an international platform for scientists from all over the world to discuss issues pertaining to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region.
To follow up their participation in 12th AFAF, the researchers said they would incorporate relevant feedback and comments from the forum to improve their papers before these are finalized and submitted to USAID SEA for review.
USAID SEA also took part in a parallel exhibition where it had the opportunity to disseminate and promote project results through an exhibit on “USAID Marine Resource Management Programs” that it produced and presented with the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership.