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Visit to Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), Kuala Terengganu

30 January 2018

As a policy research institute, MIMA is mandated to leading research that tackles critical issues aimed at safeguarding the maritime interests of the country. This includes making a positive impact through food and resource security to strengthen the strategy of marine resource management.

In line with this, MIMA met with the Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD) of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). Established in 1992, MFRDMD has since grown to encompass a variety of disciplines from biological studies, conservation, and fishery stock assessment and management.

 

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The discussion between MFRDMD/ SEAFDEC representatives and Norsyihan Jamal from MIMA’s Centre for Maritime Security and Diplomacy sought to identify shortcoming encountered by ASEAN countries in combating IUU fishing regionally. In 2011, SEAFDEC initiated a project on the promotion of fishing license, boats registration, and port state measures to address this issue.

Mr Abdul Razak of the Fishery Oceanography and Resource Enhancement Section shared on the initiatives undertaken to counter unauthorized fishing in Southeast Asia and promote sustainable fisheries. He emphasized the importance of fully enforcing the “ASEAN Guidelines for Preventing the Entry of Fish and Fishery Products from IUU Fishing Activities into the Supply Chain” as a means to prohibit the marketing of unsustainable fisheries. Norsyihan Jamal also used the occasion to discuss fish landing strategies, opportunities, and the value of multi-stakeholder cooperation in fishery management.

MIMA expresses its gratitude to SEAFDEC/MFRMD for this discussion opportunity. The visit provided new insights in understanding how fisheries can be effectively managed at the national, regional, and sub-regional levels.

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