BANGKOK – The region’s fisheries face a multitude of threats that could jeopardize future fishing yields. ASEAN has taken the lead to bring the public and private sectors together to address threats to the region’s fisheries as part of an ASEAN-Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
The ‘Conference on Fish for the People 2020: Adaptation to a Changing Environment’ held from June 13-17 in Bangkok, aimed to produce new policy for ASEAN fisheries with input from the private sector, to help ensure a sustainable approach to fisheries management. The U.S. played a key role by facilitating the participation of champion companies and private sector representatives – including the ASEAN Seafood Federation – to showcase their current sustainability programs in a conference breakout session.
“Achieving food security in ASEAN requires active coordination and collaboration between the public and private sectors” said Dr. Somsak Pipoppinyo, Director Finance, Industry and Infrastructure Directorate, ASEAN Secretariat.
ASEAN’s support of public-private sector dialogue has helped generate greater awareness of regional food security risks and brought key participants to the table to start grappling with the issues at hand. By addressing these risks early and systematically, ASEAN will continue to be a global leader in the preservation of food security for its citizens.
The breakout session was organized by the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries, SEAFDEC and the ASEAN-US Technical Assistance & Training Facility, a joint program of USAID and the U.S. Department of State.
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