Cambodia Hosts International Meeting to Address Harmful Fishing Practices

Cambodia has hosted the 50th Meeting of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC) Council with a focus on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries H.E. Veng Sakhon presided over the gathering taking place at Siem Reap province with participation of competent senior officials from the ten ASEAN member states and Japan.

The minister outlined in his address to the participants that since the 2000s illegal, unreported and unregulated � known in short as IUU � fishing has become a challenge at not only the country, but also the regional and global levels.

IUU fishing has been scientifically proved as threats to sustainable fisheries resources as well as the environment at large, leading to losses of economic and social opportunities and of local communities' income, he added.

To address the issue, SEAFDEC has developed a number of legal and technical tools and mechanisms.

Representing Cambodian authority, H.E. Veng Sakhon is optimistic that SEAFDEC will continue to reinforce legal and technical tools in place toward the eradication of IUU fishing.

As described via online sources, SEAFDEC is an autonomous intergovernmental body established as a regional treaty organisation in 1967 to promote fisheries development in Southeast Asia.

SEAFDEC aims specifically to develop the fishery potentials in the region through training, research and information services to improve the food supply by rational utilisation and development of the fisheries resources.

Cambodia has become a member of SEAFDEC since 2001 and the hosting of the 50th SEAFDEC is the country's second service as such.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press