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A. List of participants

Members of the APFIC Executive Committee


Dato Junaidi bin Che Ayub
Department of Fisheries Malaysia
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Malaysia
Wisma Tani, Level 1-6, Lot 4G2, Presint 4
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62628 Putrajaya
Tel: +6-03 88704008
Fax: +6-03 88892460


Parlin Tambunan
Director of Fishery Resources
Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Jalan Harsono, Rm. No. 3
Ragunan, Pasar Minggu, Jakarta
Tel/Fax: +62-21 7811672

Out-going Chairperson

Wimol Jantrarotai
Senior Advisor on Foreign Affairs
Department of Fisheries
Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Tel: +66-9 9686281
Fax: +66-2 5620530


Kwang-suk Oh
Deputy Director of International Cooperation Office
Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
140-2 Gye-Dong, Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-793
Tel: +82-2 3674-6991
Fax: +82-2 3674 6996

Shobha Marwah
Director, (Fishery Administration)
Ministry of Agriculture
Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
D-11/260, Vinay Marg
Chanakya Puri, New Delhi
Tel/Fax: +91-11 23070279

Ex officio Member

Derek Staples
APFIC Secretary
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok 10200
Tel: +66-2 6974119
Fax: +66-2 6974445


Ibrahim bin Saleh
Deputy Director-General of Fisheries (Development)
Department of Fisheries Malaysia
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Malaysia
Wisma Tani, Level 1-6, Lot 4G2, Presint 4
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62628 Putrajaya

Mohamad Saupi bin Derahman
Director of Planning, Development and International Division
Department of Fisheries Malaysia
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Malaysia
Wisma Tani, Level 1-6, Lot 4G2, Presint 4
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62628 Putrajaya
Tel: +6-03 888704210
Fax: +6-03 88891195

Ahmad Adnan bin Nuruddin
Fisheries Research Institute
11960, Batu Maung, Pulau Pinang
Tel: +6-04 6263925
Fax: +6-04 6262210

Waraporn Prompoj
Chief, International Cooperation Group
Fisheries Foreign Affairs Division
Department of Fisheries
Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Tel: +66-2 5628215
Fax: +66-2 5620529

Smith Thummachua
Chief, Overseas Fisheries Management and Economic Cooperation Group
Department of Fisheries
Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Tel: +66-2 5620529
Fax: +66-2 5620529


APFIC Secretariat

FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, 39 Phra Athit Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Simon Funge-Smith
Aquaculture Officer

Pornsuda David
Technical Assistant

Deb Menasveta
Fisheries Consultant

Department of Fisheries Malaysia

Wisma Tani, Level 1-6, Lot 4G2, Presint 4, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62628 Putrajaya

Tan Geik Hong
Liaison Officer

Intan Mawarni binti Mohamed Zain
Fisheries Officer

Sivarajah a/l Kandiah
Fisheries Assistance Officer

B. Agenda

1. Opening of the Session
2. Adoption of the Agenda
3. Intersessional Activities of APFIC
4. Regional response to Tsunami
5. Regional Fishery Bodies in Asia-Pacific
6. Outcomes of the APFIC Regional Workshops on Low Value/Trash Fish and Co-management
7. Preparations for the Regional Consultative Forum Meeting and Twenty-ninth Session of APFIC
8. Any other matters
9. Date and place of the Seventy-First Session
10. Adoption of the Report

C. List of documents


Provisional Agenda


Intersessional Activities of APFIC


Regional Response to the Tsunami


Regional Fishery Bodies in the Asia-Pacific Region


Trash Fish and Co-Management Workshops

APFIC:ExCo/05/6, Rev. 2

Preparations for the Regional Consultative Forum Meeting and Arrangements for the Twenty-ninth Session of APFIC

Information Documents

APFIC:ExCo/05/Inf.1, Rev. 1

Provisional List of Documents


Provisional List of Participants


Report of the Sixty-ninth Session of the APFIC Executive Committee, Pattaya, Thailand, 15-16 December 2003


Report of the Twenty-eighth Session of APFIC Chiang Mai, Thailand, 3-5 August 2004


Relevant outcomes of the Twenty-sixth Session of COFI and the Regional Fisheries bodies Meeting, Rome, March 2005


Draft report of the Regional Workshop on Low Value and "Trash Fish" in the Asia-Pacific Region, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 7-9 June 2005


Draft report of the APFIC Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Fisheries Co-management, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 9-12 August 2005

D. Major topics to be discussed at the RCF meeting and the schedule of RCF meeting

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16-19 August 2006

Tentative Partners & presentations

Day 1

Opening Ceremony

Senior officials

Keynote address - historic perspective

Regional expert (TBC)

Forum arrangements

APFIC Secretary

- RCFM objectives and arrangements

Theme 1: Future of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia-Pacific

NACA, WorldFish, SEAFDEC, Trash fish Workshop partners, APFIC members

Overview paper

APFIC Secretariat

- status, trends and major issues (particularly ecosystem changes and trash fish)

Future of fisheries/aquaculture in the APFIC region

WorldFish Center (models/projections)

- Future potentials of fisheries/aquaculture

- Offshore resources/feeds etc.

- Constraints to realising that potential

Trash fish workshop outcomes and actions fisheries/aquaculture/utilization/information

APFIC Secretariat

Management tools and interventions (focus on trash fish)

Panel - FAO?

- Tool kit: e.g. zoning to reduce conflict etc.;
restocking; fish refugia/MPAs/closed areas

- subsidies/buy backs, VMS/MCS

- Pellets and fish meal substitutes

- Utilization

Day 2

Theme 2: Co-management, governance and institutions

WorldFish, SEAFDEC, BOBP-IGO and Co-management workshop partners, WWF, IUCN, NACA, APFIC members

Overview paper - Mainstreaming

Invited key note speaker

- Trends in management approaches

What is co-management? Legislation/policy

- Empowerment/organisation

- Up-scaling

- Linkages

- Costs and financing

What are the issues of fishery rights?


- What are rights?

- Customary systems

- Allocation issues

- Examples - Use/access rights

Co-management in aquaculture

NACA/APFIC Secretariat

- trends

- larger scale aquaculture (allocation)

- smallholder organizations

Country experiences with co-management

APFIC members (both fisheries and aquaculture)

- Brief presentations of specific experience of
successful examples of implementing/mainstreaming

- What works and what does not (range of

Summary and actions plans -

APFIC Secretariat

- Co-management workshop

- Action plan plus aquaculture equivalents

Theme 3: Policy challenges


National policy directions and initiatives

Invited key note and Country case studies - to be presented as posters

- Policy trade offs and implications

- Aquaculture promotion

- Capacity reduction

- Moving effort offshore

- Diversification in the fishery

- Sustaining fishing communities/livelihoods

- Case studies of specific countries policy initiatives
in these areas

Implementation of CCRF - some possible indicators for progress

APFIC Secretariat plus APFIC members (for suggestion and feedback)

- Incorporation of CCRF into national legislation/policy

Possible parallel working group sessions

- Implementation of COFI recommendations

- Alignment with MDG’s & WSSD goals

- Fishery management plans

- Capacity reduction

- Dealing with IUU (regionally relevant IUU)

- IPOA’s & NPOA’s

- Role of Regional Fishery Bodies

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers

Invited keynote

- implications to fisheries

Integrating fisheries into Large Marine Ecosystem/Regional Seas arrangements


- future challenges

Yellow Sea LME Bay of Bengal LME

Day 3  

Theme 4: Emerging issues - Food quality and safety in the context of trade

Trends in the fishery trade


- e.g. rising prices, increasing consumption,
emphasis on quality, consumer perceptions

Emerging issues and requirements relating to food safety and trade

- The CODEX process - how it works


- SPS, heavy metal standards, pesticides/dioxins,
Antibiotic residues, HACCP

- Traceability (fisheries and aquaculture)


- Mechanisms for harmonization


Improving production standards and consumer requirements

- Aquaculture guidelines (for management)


- Implications of eco-labelling to the region (of
fisheries - e.g. regional examples, potential areas)


- Certification (of aquaculture)


Final Session: Summary and recommendations for reporting to APFIC

APFIC Secretariat

Day 4: Field trips

Poster Session - country posters or exhibits on key issues that are being addressed by the members

APFIC members

E. Tentative schedule of the twenty-ninth session of APFIC

21-23 August 2006, Kuala Lumpur

Day 1

- Opening Ceremony (formal)

- Adoption of the agenda and arrangements for the Session

- Report of the Intersessional activities of APFIC

- Report of the 70th session of the Executive Committee

- Report to the members of the outcomes of the COFI session

- Actions to address low value/trash fish issues in APFIC region

- Actions to "mainstream" fisheries co-management in APFIC region

- Responding to key policy challenges

Day 2

- Adoption of indicators for measuring progress on implementation of the CCRF

- Global activities of interest to APFIC

- Partner’s/donor comments

- Identification of the key areas for next biennium work of APFIC

- Development of the APFIC biennial workplan

- Consideration by the Commission of issues to be raised by members at COFI

- Other matters

- Election of Officers

- Date and place of 30th Session

Day 3

- Preparation of the report of the 29th session

- Adoption of report

F. Items discussed by the executive committee as areas of further work and interest of the commission

Advice and policy

- Assistance in development of National fishery strategies
- Food safety/trade
- Effect of globalization
- Eco-labelling

Costs and implications of management intervention

- Economic trade-offs/-cost/benefits for management interventions
- Tools for buy back, lessons and best practices
- Cost effective VMS & MCS, VMS (follow up workshop and information)
- Effects of removal of fishing subsidies
- The economic implications of growth overfishing
- Fuel costs and fuel consumption reduction - implication for profitability

Tsunami related

- Tsunami early warning systems (especially communication/training for coastal communities)
- Impact of tsunami on fishery resources and ecosystems
- Review of tsunami responses
- Impact of climate change on fishery resources

G. Summary of main recommendations, decisions and/or directives of the executive committee


The Executive Committee:

1. Whilst expressing its satisfaction with the development of the APFIC website ( and agreeing that it would greatly improve access to APFIC information by all concerned, requested the Secretariat to contact the Members formally, regarding the possibility of providing login access to the site. (paragraph 7)

2. Noted that priority (of APFIC) should continue to be given to small-scale fisheries and rural aquaculture and emphasized that APFIC’s monitoring of the tsunami impact should focus on fishery resources and the ecosystem. (paragraph 14)

3. Agreed that other information of interest should include the monitoring of fishing gear and management, with a view to preventing overcapacity and overfishing; the collaboration with ASEAN food safety and quality issues in which APFIC could have a role to play. It asked the Secretariat to explore the possibility of including some new areas of interest such as: policy and legislation; assistance to the Members in developing national fisheries strategies; studies on the cost effective VMS and MCS systems and appropriate means for saving of energy used by fishing vessels. Increasing awareness of the Members on issues such as the CITES listing process and food safety and quality issues related to regional and international trade should be promoted. (paragraph 15)

4. Directed that the report on the intersessional activities be submitted to the Commission for approval at its Twenty-ninth Session. (paragraph 16)

5. Requested the Secretariat to explore the possibility of increasing staff support to maintain the expanded range of activities of APFIC. (paragraph 17)


The Executive Committee:

1. In discussing the impact of the tsunami calamity, unanimously agreed that FAO through its Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and APFIC should continue to assist the affected countries of the region in both short-term relief and long-term rehabilitation operations. (paragraph 19)

2. Was gratified to note that the Ministerial Meeting held in Rome in March 2005 had adopted a statement in support of FAO tsunami rehabilitation activities and concurred with its caution that the countries concerned should not relocate any excess fishing capacity as part of the tsunami relief and rehabilitation effort. (paragraph 22)

3. Was of the opinion that the lack of pre-tsunami baseline information might constrain the assessment on the tsunami effects on fishery resources and ecosystems and suggested that the use of fishermen as informants could indicate some of the impacts and changes. The Committee suggested further that whilst the relief and rehabilitation effort focused primarily on the return of fishers to the fishery, effort should be made to provide possible alternatives to fishing and aquaculture livelihood. (paragraph 23)

4. Requested the Secretariat to seek support for appropriate early warning system in fishing communities through FAO or other collaborative arrangements. (paragraph 24)

5. Recommended that the consortium of five specialized fisheries and aquaculture agencies (CONSRN) continue its activities and that APFIC participate in the two subregional meetings that are to be organized by the CONSRN partners (SEAFDEC and BOBP-IGO), scheduled during 2005. (paragraph 25)


The Executive Committee:

1. Concurred with the view of the Twenty-sixth Session of COFI (March 2005) that the capacities of some regional fishery bodies and arrangements need to be strengthened to address relevant issues relating to fisheries management which remain to be resolved. The Committee welcomed the recommendation of that session of COFI concerning the need for undertaking a review of the performance of regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) in meeting their objectives and obligations and principles as set forth in relevant international instruments. (paragraph 29)

2. Was of the view that the predominance of small-scale fisheries in the region requires APFIC to play a strong advocacy role in the international arena. In this respect, APFIC should strengthen its coordination role between regional organizations and arrangements and the member countries. The Committee agreed that APFIC as a Regional Consultative Forum is instrumental in bringing relevant regional organizations and arrangements to one place in order to improve understanding and recommend possible solutions of some regional fishery issues. (paragraph 30)

3. Reiterated the Commission’s view that APFIC should not evolve into a fisheries management body, but would play a facilitating role in assisting concerned countries with shared or transboundary stocks (or common issues) and in working towards collective agreements on the management of those stocks. Whilst agreeing that APFIC could play this facilitating role in the initiative and a good entry point for this is assistance with the formulation of national fisheries strategies, the Committee recommended that APFIC retain this agenda item in the Executive Committee meeting for further discussion. (paragraph 31)

4. Noted that the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi) had agreed, from September 2005 onwards, to invite international organizations to join its meetings. (paragraph 33)


The Executive Committee:

1. Agreed with the main findings of the APFIC Regional Workshop on Low-Value and Trash Fish in the Asia-Pacific region (June 2005) and supported the need to address the large issues of low-value/trash fish (trawlers and push nets) together with solutions through appropriate management interventions. (paragraph 37)

2. Endorsed the draft action plan and intervention points developed by the Workshop to address the above-mentioned issues and suggested that updated information possibly through country situation reports should be invited from the APFIC Members and other interested bodies for discussion at the first RCF meeting. (paragraph 38)

3. Concurred with the view of the APFIC Regional Workshop on "Mainstreaming" Fisheries Co-Management (August 2005) that the four essential pillars are required for successful fisheries co-management, namely effective policies and legislation; effective institutional arrangements; devolution of core responsibilities to local communities and sufficient human and financial resources. The Committee recommended that country reports highlighting progress in implementation of co-management projects at the country level should be invited for discussion at the first RCF meeting. (paragraph 39)

4. Considered that co-management is an important theme for the first RCF meeting. (paragraph 40)

5. Agreed that appropriate policy and legislation are necessary for effective co-management and encouraged policy-makers concerned to take this into account. (paragraph 41)

6. Emphasized the importance of providing awareness and training to attain effective co-management, especially in capacity building at local governmental level with a view to enabling improved interface with fishermen’s groups and fishing communities. (paragraph 42)

7. Endorsed the recommendations of the two workshops and encouraged APFIC to prioritize some key areas for an achievable plan of action through the Regional Consultative Forum Meeting and requested the Secretariat to submit these for approval of the Commission at its Twenty-ninth Session. (paragraph 44)


1. Agreed with the broad objectives of the RCFM as outlined by the Secretariat and believed that the outcome of the first RCF meeting would contribute significantly towards the future of APFIC. (paragraph 45)

2. Agreed to the proposal of the Secretariat to charge a small registration fee to some participants to cover the costs of the meeting venue package and other associated organizational costs. The Committee endorsed the Secretariat’s suggestion that a conference management group would be used to assist with the logistics and organization of the RCFM. (paragraph 46)

3. Agreed on the major topics to be discussed at and the schedule of the three-day RCFM. (paragraph 47)

4. Agreed that the RCFM be held from 16 to 19 August 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (paragraph 48)

5. Endorsed the tentative schedule of the Twenty-ninth Session of APFIC which will be held from 21 to 23 August 2006. (paragraph 49)

6. Unanimously agreed that the main focus of APFIC’s activities for the next biennium would remain to be small-scale fisheries and rural aquaculture. The Committee also agreed that other issues of regional relevance such as fish trade and food safety (for both aquaculture and capture fisheries) could be added to the activities of APFIC in the coming biennium. It encouraged APFIC to seek technical support from FAO in collaboration with ASWGFi to convene a workshop on food safety and standards during 2006. (paragraph 50)


1. Invited the Vice-Chairperson of APFIC to explore with the authorities of the Government of Indonesia the possibility of hosting the next session of the Executive Committee in Indonesia. The Committee directed the Secretariat to consult further with the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Members of the Committee regarding the exact date and location of the next session of the Executive Committee. (paragraph 54)

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