MissionObjectives The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) is a regional treaty organization established in December 1967 to promote fisheries development in Southeast Asia. In April 2009, during its 41st meeting, the SEAFDEC Council adopted a new mandate: “ to develop and manage the fisheries potential of the region by rational utilization of the resources for providing food security and safety for people and alleviating poverty through transfer of new technologies, research and information dissemination activities”. Functions To achieve its mandate, the SEAFDEC carries out the following functions:
The SEAFDEC has a memorandum of understanding with ASEAN and provides technical advice in fisheries under the ASEAN SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership. The SEAFDEC also has a memorandum of understanding with other organizations, including FAO. Area of competence
Marine and inland waters of member countries in Southeast Asia and contiguous high sea areas
- Conducts research and development on fishing gear technologies and practices, fishery resources surveys and exploration, fisheries management, post-harvest technology and food safety/quality, and aquaculture development.
- Offers training courses, organizes workshops and seminars to enhance the capacity of member countries in the areas of competence as mentioned above.
- Facilitates the transfer of technology to the countries in the region and provides information materials to the print and non-print media, including the publication of statistical bulletins and reports for the dissemination of survey, research and other data on fisheries and aquaculture.
- Safeguards the priority and interests of the member countries on emerging regional/international issues that may have implications for fishery activities of the region, by monitoring and developing common/coordinated positions among the member countries in response to the issue.
SEAFDEC area of competence - High seas, National waters, Inland waters Organizations involvedSEAFDEC membership is open to all Southeast Asian countries.
The designations employed and the presentation of material in the map(s) are for illustration only and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.
Current membership includes: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam. Species and stocks coverage All fishery resources. LanguagesEnglish. StructureCouncil of Directors The Council of Directors is the policy-making body of the SEAFDEC. It is made up of representatives of the member countries. This Council meets annually to discuss and provide guidance on the activities of the SEAFDEC. Secretariat The SEAFDEC operates through a Secretariat, which is based in Bangkok, Thailand. The chief administrator of the SEAFDEC is the Secretary-General who coordinates the activities of the four technical departments of the SEAFDEC. Technical departments In achieving the objectives and mandate of the SEAFDEC, four technical departments were established to undertake various technical disciplines of fisheries, namely:
Legal framework The SEAFDEC was established in 1967 by the Agreement Establishing the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center. The Agreement was amended in 1968 and 1994. ftp://ftp.fao.org/FI/DOCUMENT/seafdec/AgreementEstablishingSEAFDEC.pdf Activities and meetings The SEAFDEC Program Framework would comprise the following major thrusts, based on the competence of the SEAFDEC:
- The Training Department (TD) was established in 1968 in Thailand for training in marine capture fisheries.
- The Marine Fisheries Research Department (MFRD) was established in Singapore in 1969 for fisheries post-harvest technologies.
- The Aquaculture Department (AQD) was established in 1973 in the Philippines for aquaculture research and development.
- The Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD) was established in 1992 in Malaysia to conduct activities on marine fishery resources.
Information on coming regional events of the SEAFDEC is available on the Web site
- developing and promoting responsible fisheries for poverty alleviation and food security;
- enhancing capacity and competitiveness to facilitate international and intraregional trade;
- improving management concepts and approaches for sustainable fisheries;
- providing policy and advisory services for planning and executing management of fisheries;
- addressing international fisheries-related issues from a regional perspective.
Activities, programmes, training courses schedule of the four SEAFDEC departments are available on dedicated Web sites: Publications The SEAFDEC produces a number of annual reports, papers and miscellaneous documentation. Publications mainly comprise: SEAFDEC Newsletter, Fish for the People, Annual Report, Program Committee Meetings reports, FCG/ASSP meeting reports, regional guidelines for responsible fisheries, technical reports and miscellaneous publications, fishery statistics and other materials. They are available on the SEAFDEC Web site
Other publications, reports and materials related to the Training Department, the Marine Fisheries Research Department, the Aquaculture Department and the Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department are available on their dedicated Web sites.