IFRDMD attend on back to back Workshop on Statistics and Aquaculture of Tropical Anguillid Eel in Southeast Asia

SEAFDEC/IFRDMD, represented by the Chief Dr. Arif Wibowo, Deputy chief Dr. Takuro Shibuno, and two scientists, Ms. Ni Komang Suryati and Ms. Melfa Marini attended the back to back Workshop on Statistics of Tropical Anguillid Eel in Southeast Asia and Workshop on Eel Aquaculture and Statistics of Tropical Anguillid Eel in Southeast Asia in Manila, Philippines on 23-25 April 2019. The workshop was part of the project entitled Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The workshop was participated by over 40 participants including resource persons, assessment committee, a representative from Department of Fisheries from the ASEAN Member States, eel farm (Indonesia, Philippines, and Viet Nam), SEAFDEC Secretariat, SEAFDEC/AQD, as well as SEAFDEC/IFRDMD. On the first day of the workshop some issues regarding the tropical Anguillid eel in South-east Asia for instance status of its utilization, ecology of inshore migration, genetic connectivity, trends and status of the international trade were raised. Moreover, Japan’s conservation and management measure of Japanese eel was presented by the Fisheries Agency of Japan by teleconference. On the second day, the participants attended the Aquaculture workshop discussing on status and overview eel culture industry from Philippines, Indonesia, and Viet Nam. It continued with the observation and perspective on Anguillid eel culture in Japan and result of eel aquaculture survey in the Philippines. Furthermore, the aquaculture workshop raised an issue regarding the nursery rearing trial, disease, morphometric and genetic identification of glass eel species used in aquaculture. Finally, the workshop was closed by the launch of the manual for farming of eel to the improve survival rate of juvenile eel created by SEAFDEC AQD. On the last day of the workshop, the participants had a chance to visit and observe the eel farm in Calaca, Batangas. (NKS)

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