Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission to hold Technical Webinar Series 2021

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Thursday, 07 January 2021 10:18

Simon Funge-Smith, Secretary, Asia-Pacific Fishery

Commission (APFIC), FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has, in a letter, invited interested fishery and aquaculture stakeholders from APFIC member countries, regional fisheries organizations, NGO/CSO and private-sector participants to join a technical webinar series which will cover issues across marine and inland capture fisheries and aquaculture.

These webinars will be opened to registered participants in the form of technical presentations, feedback sessions and panel discussions by invited guests from regional organizations and member countries. The webinars will be recorded and will be made available for viewing online after the event.


APFIC works to improve understanding, awareness and co-operation in fisheries issues in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, APFIC acts as a Regional Consultative Forum that works in partnership with other regional organizations and arrangements and members. It provides advice, co-ordinates activities, and acts as an information broker to increase knowledge of fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region to underpin decisionmaking.

The biennial session of the Commission is preceded by the Regional Consultative Forum Meeting (RCFM), wherein member countries and regional partners discuss regional issues and propose approaches to address opportunities and concerns through the APFIC process. The outcomes and recommendations of the RCFM are forwarded to the Commission for deliberation and endorsement.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particular impact on the work of APFIC during 2020, preventing the convening of the biennial session and RCFM and the regional consultative workshops that form a major part of the Commission’s workplan. The APFIC Secretariat is, therefore, taking steps to restart the activities of APFIC in the context of the post-COVID new normal of virtual events, webinars and workshops.

In partnership with INFOFISH, the APFIC Secretariat has developed a technical webinar series, based on the work programme and the priorities of APFIC, as a replacement for the traditional face-to-face Regional Consultative Forum Meeting that could not be convened in 2020. These webinars will be opened to registered participants from APFIC member countries, regional fisheries organizations, NGO/CSO and private-sector participants with interest in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the region. The main format will be technical presentations, but there will also be feedback and panel discussions by invited guests from regional organizations and member countries. The webinars will be recorded and will be made available for viewing online after the event.

The technical coverage is across marine and inland capture fisheries and aquaculture and the titles are provided below:

1. Inland fisheries connectivity, irrigation and water management (28/01/21)
2. Review of illegal fishing in the APFIC region (10/02/21)
3. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) in aquaculture in Asia (24/02/21)
4. Multispecies stock assessment for management (10/03/21)
5. Aquaculture innovation in the APFIC region (25/03/21)
6. Subsidies, WTO and fisheries (31/03/21)
7. Information technology for small-scale fisheries (06/04/21)

8. Co-management of small-scale fisheries (08/04/21)
9. Gender in SSF/SSA fisheries/aquaculture (08/12/21)

Full details of the webinar presentations and agenda, together with the registration link, are available on the APFIC website (www.apfic.org) and the INFOFISH website (www.infofish.org).

The webinar series will commence end of January 2021 and largely take place prior to the virtual 36th APFIC Session, which is scheduled for the first week of May 2021. These virtual webinars will also generate some specific feedback and recommendations, which will be presented to the 36th Session of APFIC.

Source: APFIC

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