Sixty  percent  of  global  fish  production  takes  place  in  Asia, and  developing countries produce over 75 percent of that share. Asia accounts for 34 percent of the world’s exports of fish and a staggering 87 percent of all fishery and aquaculture employees. The fish consumption is higher in Asia than in any other region of the world and is increasing worldwide. It is likely that the role of fisheries in providing livelihoods, trade, and food security in the Southeast Asian region will continue to grow.

In Southeast Asia, the inland fishery and aquaculture are important field, which have much production volume compared to other areas. On the other hand, inland fishery resources are particularly susceptible to the influence of environmental factors such as rainfall and water temperature and catch pressure by fishery, compared to the marine fisheries.

As a result, this has often impeded the appropriate fisheries and aquaculture management measures and guidance for the fishers and farmers by the governments, which often causes seasonal overfishing, excess production, price fluctuation and low-valued fish production. In order to manage and use inland fishery resources, information on the environmental change of habitats affecting resources is necessary. However, such information is currently not sufficiently obtained. Using the Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technology, it became possible to grasp the environmental changes of environmental factor in the habitats of aquatic organisms affecting of inland fishery resources.

Considering those issues on inland fisheries and aquacultures, this project aims to map inland fishery and aquaculture sites in AMSs using GIS & RS technology and proposes monitoring methodologies using GIS Mapping in order to enable government of AMSs to contribute in the effective management of  inland fisheries and aquaculture with GIS & RS technology in AMSs. The project is going to be implemented GIS (Geographic information system)& RS (Remote sensing) by Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC) for a period of one year. SEAFDEC/IFRDMD are represented by Mr. Rezki Antoni S. and Ms. Dian Pamularsih Anggraeni to attend this meeting, Strengthening The Effective Management of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture in AMS with GIS and RS Technology. The meeting, that was held at the SEADFEC secretariat on November 23rd 2018, discussed the determination of sites as target locations and data to be collected during research. #DPA

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