International, local experts discuss sustainable fisheries management in Manila workshop

Published November 21, 2019, 10:10 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Roy Mabasa

Some 17 experts from East Asia Summit (EAS) participating countries have exchanged views and shared their best practices in a just-concluded workshop on sustainable fisheries management hosted by the Philippines.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Affairs Junever Mahilum-West (PCOO)
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Affairs Junever Mahilum-West (PCOO)

The EAS Workshop on Maritime Cooperation: Sustainable and Responsible Fisheries Management, held November 17 to 19 in Manila, is the first EAS initiative on sustainable fisheries implemented under the Manila Plan of Action to Advance the Phnom Penh Declaration on the EAS Development Initiative (2018-2022).

At the gathering, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Affairs Junever Mahilum-West, who is also Director-General of the ASEAN-Philippines National Secretariat, noted the enormous challenge of meeting the increase in demand for food in the region while conserving and managing our marine and aquatic resources for future generations.

More than 60 percent of the world’s population is in the Asia-Pacific region, known as one of the most important areas in the world for fisheries and aquaculture production.

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona emphasized the necessity of international cooperation to manage and conserve marine resources given the interconnectedness of the world’s oceans, and the fact that fisheries remain a top driver of the economies of coastal states including the Philippines.

For his part, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Maritime and Ocean Affairs Generoso Calonge noted that promoting sustainable fisheries and the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans will contribute significantly to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations member states.

The workshop was organized into five sessions: Science-Based Fisheries Management; Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction Management, and Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries; Initiatives to Address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing; Addressing Post-Harvest Losses; and Sustainable Aquaculture/In-Land Fisheries.

The experts, including those from the ASEAN Secretariat and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department, also discussed planning and implementing sustainable fisheries regimes and addressing challenges to sustainable fisheries management through the use of best available data, technology, and integrative governance.

They also identified areas that may benefit from further collaboration.

 
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International, local experts discuss sustainable fisheries management in Manila workshop

Published November 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Roy Mabasa

Some 17 experts from East Asia Summit (EAS) participating countries have exchanged views and shared their best practices in a just-concluded workshop on sustainable fisheries management hosted by the Philippines.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Affairs Junever Mahilum-West (PCOO)
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Affairs Junever Mahilum-West (PCOO)

The EAS Workshop on Maritime Cooperation: Sustainable and Responsible Fisheries Management, held November 17 to 19 in Manila, is the first EAS initiative on sustainable fisheries implemented under the Manila Plan of Action to Advance the Phnom Penh Declaration on the EAS Development Initiative (2018-2022).

At the gathering, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Affairs Junever Mahilum-West, who is also Director-General of the ASEAN-Philippines National Secretariat, noted the enormous challenge of meeting the increase in demand for food in the region while conserving and managing our marine and aquatic resources for future generations.

More than 60 percent of the world’s population is in the Asia-Pacific region, known as one of the most important areas in the world for fisheries and aquaculture production.

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona emphasized the necessity of international cooperation to manage and conserve marine resources given the interconnectedness of the world’s oceans, and the fact that fisheries remain a top driver of the economies of coastal states including the Philippines.

For his part, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Maritime and Ocean Affairs Generoso Calonge noted that promoting sustainable fisheries and the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans will contribute significantly to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations member states.

The workshop was organized into five sessions: Science-Based Fisheries Management; Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction Management, and Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries; Initiatives to Address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing; Addressing Post-Harvest Losses; and Sustainable Aquaculture/In-Land Fisheries.

The experts, including those from the ASEAN Secretariat and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department, also discussed planning and implementing sustainable fisheries regimes and addressing challenges to sustainable fisheries management through the use of best available data, technology, and integrative governance.

They also identified areas that may benefit from further collaboration.

 
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