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RPOA-IUU Secretariat Presentation on Regional IUU Challenges at the Fisheries MCS Training Course in Southeast Asia 2024

Under the activity series of the Fisheries Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance (MCS) Training Course in Southeast Asia held in Viet Nam on April 2024, the RPOA-IUU secretariat had an opportunity to cover presentation about “Regional Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) challenges” delivered by Matheus Eko Rudianto, representing the RPOA-IUU Secretariat Coordinator.

World Ocean Day

Today is marking the World Ocean Day! This annual event is a time to celebrate the vital role our oceans play in sustaining life on Earth. It's also a moment to reflect on the urgent need to protect and preserve these vast and invaluable ecosystems. Oceans cover more than 70% of our planet's surface and are home to an incredible diversity of life, from the smallest plankton to the largest whales. They regulate our climate, provide food for billions of people, and are essential for global trade and transportation.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED, AND UNREGULATED FISHING

Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) undermines marine conservation efforts and can cause an imbalance in environmental, economic, and social sectors. Recently, almost all countries around the world are aware of the harmful impacts of this irresponsible fishing practice and urge them to take appropriate action to address this emerging issue. The extensive efforts that have been made by each country are setting out national legislation, engaging with international partners, and implementing international instruments related to fisheries management and IUU eradication.

Women in Fisheries Workshop

The Regional Plan of Action to promote responsible fishing practices including combating IUU fishing (RPOA-IUU) secretariat received an invitation from the Australian Government to attend the Women in Fisheries Workshop, in collaboration with SEAFDEC, which was held from 14 to 16 May 2024 face-to-face in Bangkok, Thailand.

Fisheries MCS Training Course 2024

From 22 to 24 April 2024, the RPOA-IUU secretariat was invited to the opening ceremony of Fisheries MCS Training 2024 and delivered presentation about ‘Regional Illegal, Unreported, and Unreported Fishing (IUUF) challenges in Nha Trang, Viet Nam. Fisheries MCS Training Course is specifically designed for gaining technical and theoretical fisheries officer’s capacity in advancing MCS measures for addressing IUU fishing eradication challenges in Southeast Asia and one of Australia’s Combatting IUU fishing program implementation.

The RPOA-IUU Newsletter January-March 2024

The Regional Plan of Action to promote responsible fishing practices including combating IUU Fishing (RPOA-IUU) developing a newsletter to effectively communicate messages to the public regarding RPOA-IUU's efforts in combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in the region. This forthcoming newsletter represents the inaugural volume and will encompass information about the newsletter itself and RPOA-IUU in its entirety. It is anticipated that this newsletter will reach the entire public, facilitating the dissemination of the RPOA-IUU message aimed at addressing the issue of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing within the region

The Workshop on the Project End of Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Enhancing National Capacities to Eliminate IUU Fishing in Southeast Asia

IUU fishing can take place in all capture fisheries. Efforts to conserve and manage fish stocks are undermined by IUU fishing, which can lead to the collapse of fisheries or can seriously impair efforts to rebuild fish stocks that have already been depleted. This may result in the loss of both short- and long-term social and economic opportunities and could have negative impacts on food security. The international organization emphasizes and implements activities relevant to combat IUU fishing such as the FAO Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Support Vessels; Global Information Exchange System (GIES) by FAO; ASEAN Roadmap on Combating IUU Fishing (2021–2025) which aims to enhance and strengthen collaborative efforts to combat IUU fishing in the region thereby improving fisheries management, sustaining fish resources, and optimizing the benefit of adopting responsible fishing practices.

An Initial Discussion on The Data-Sharing Mechanism Development

During the 11th RPOA-IUU Coordination Committee (CC) Meeting, which took place on November 13-14, 2019, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, RPOA-IUU Countries were urged to establish a working group dedicated to crafting a Joint Statement and another working group focused on creating a Data Sharing Mechanism. This initiative was aimed at enhancing the capacity of RPOA-IUU.

The 16th RPOA-IUU Coordination Committee Meeting

The 16th Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices including Combating IUU fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU) Coordination Committee Meeting (CCM) was held in Dili, Timor-Leste, for two days from 26 to 27 October 2023 in hybrid mode.

The Advanced Fisheries Intelligence Training

The Advanced Fisheries Intelligence Training held from February 20th to 23rd, 2024, at the Pullman Hotel Bali, marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing battle against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

A Workshop for Fisheries Enforcement Strategies to Prevent, Combat, and Deter IUU Fishing Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The RPOA-IUU Secretariat was honored to receive an invitation to contribute as a speakers in "A Workshop for Fisheries Enforcement Strategies to Prevent, Combat, and Deter IUU Fishing Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic." which was held in Serpong from 15 to 16 November 2023

South China Seas Regional Exchange (SCS Rex)

RPOA-IUU secretariat attended the South China Seas Regional Exchange (SCS Rex) which was held in Manila, the Philippines, from 16 to 19 January 2024 in person. The primary objective was to promote sustainable fisheries and conserve marine biodiversity in the Indo-Pacific region.

The 15th RPOA-IUU Coordination Committee Meeting

The 15th Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices including Combating IUU Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU) Coordination Committee Meeting was held in Fremantle, Australia

The 14th Coordination Committee Meeting

The 14th Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices, including Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU) Coordination Committee Meeting (CCM) was held from 13-15 December 2021

International Workshop

RPOA-IUU in collaboration with The Government of The Republic of Indonesia and Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM-CSSTC) convened The International Workshop on IUU Fishing for RPOA-IUU Participating Countries and Pacific Countries (Solomon Islands and Palau) in virtual session

The 13th RPOA-IUU Coordination Committee

The 13th Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices including Combating IUU Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU) Coordination Committee Meeting was conducted virtually

The 12th RPOA-IUU Coordination Committee

The 12th Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices including Combating IUU Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU) Coordination Committee Meeting was conducted in Siem Reap-Cambodia, 26-28 November 2019

The 1st Sub-Regional SESCS and SSS Meeting

As one of the RPOA concern area, Sub Regional Southern and Eastern Area of the South China Sea and Sulu-Sulawesi Seas had a meeting for the first time in Kuching, Serawak, Malaysia on 26-28 August 2008

The 1st Sub-Regional Arafura and Timor Seas Group Meeting

The 1st Sub-Regional Arafura and Timor Seas Group meeting was convened in Darwin, Australia on 28-29 April 2009 in follow up to the RPOA Workshop on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) held in Bali, Indonesia

3rd Meeting of Sub Regional Gulf of Thailand

The 3rd Meeting of Sub Regional Gulf of Thailand were Held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 20 – 22 September 2011