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Workshop by China Programme, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

The South China Sea Fisheries Cooperation: Progress, Problems and Prospects

25 Sep 2018 - Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Singapore

The one day workshop gathered regional participants and Subject Matter Experts from well known organisations. Besides participating in the workshop, participants are required to submit a journal article which is to be published at a later date.  Capt. Martin A. SEBASTIAN, Senior Fellow and Centre Head, Centre for Maritime Security and Diplomacy was invited to speak in the workshop.

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Fig 1: Participants of the Workshop

The Keynote Address was delivered by Dr. Daniel Pauly,Principal Investigator, Sea Around Us; and Professor of Fisheries, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia. He provided an overview of fisheries in the South China Sea and introduced the http://www.seaaroundus.org/  link to know more about the work he has been doing. He lamented on the need for a holistic approach to safeguard the marine habitat and the living resources in the South China sea. He guided participants on the information available on the link.

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Fig 2: Dr. Pauly presenting his case

Participants shared their views on various issues, from a law enfrocement perspectives  to the need to safeguard certain marine edible fisheries. They also shared on new technologies and fishery strategies.

Capt.Martin spoke on the Comprehensive Approach to Fishery Management. He experessed the need to have a larger view on managing the maritime estate. A progressive national agricultural policy addressing food, revenue and human security, followed by fishery strategies that would essentially cover marine capture, mariculture and inland fisheries.

Entry Point Projects (EPP) for each strategy area will require multi stakeholder engagements especially industry players, coastal communities and government agencies. These projects will address food sources, revenue generation and human security issues. Through these strategies, better Marine Spatial Planning efforts could be conducted contributing to Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management.

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Fig 3: Capt.Martin with Dr Pauly at the end of the Workshop

New technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be incorporated for coastal community management using biometrics, coastal surveillance using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and fishery management/vessel management. The whole idea should be about sustainability, management of scare resources, avoid duplication of efforts and value creation. These ideas were well received and will be incorporated into the journal article.

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