Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

Report of the second Workshop on the Assessment of Fishery Stock Status in South and Southeast Asia

Category Overviews, statistics & assessments

FAO. Report of the second Workshop on the Assessment of Fishery Stock Status in South and Southeast Asia. Bangkok, 5–9 October 2009. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 940. Rome, FAO. 2010. 54p.

This report covers the main outcomes of the second of two workshops held in Bangkok (Thailand) in June and October 2009 respectively, with the main objective to review the fisheries data and information available in South and Southeast Asia region and identify appropriate methods to update the assessment of the state of the fishery resources in this area. The workshop was attended by 38 participants from 10 countries, the  Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC), the WorldFish Center and FAO. Despite the scarcity of data, by using participants expert opinion it was possible to compile summary tables on the state of the main stocks for most countries. Key recommendations included the need for increased reliability and accuracy of fishery statistics; the desirability of fishery policies and management strategies to be designed based on stock assessment results; and undertaking training in stock assessment and fishery management. Establishment of a stock assessment working group was also considered as a priority.