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STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS - Revitalising Marine Capture Fisheries

MIMA Seminar Room
19 March 2018

For millennia, humans have relied upon fish as a vital source of food and income. The high demand for fish is due to its highly prized renewable protein source and its value as a lucrative and highly tradable commodity. Nonetheless, poorly regulated fisheries would result in serious deterioration of stocks and thousands of fishermen might lose their livelihoods. Therefore, fishery management not only involves comprehensive planning and implementation, it also requires consultation with many parties. This includes stakeholders from the industry and fishery associations.

In line with the policy project undertaken by MIMA on this subject, the above stakeholder consultation was conducted with the National Fishermen Association (Persatuan Nelayan Kebangsaan, NEKMAT) and Malaysia Aquaculture Development Association (MADA).

The event was chaired by Captain Martin A. Sebastian¸ Senior Research Fellow, Centre Head, Centre for Maritime Security and Diplomacy (MSD). NEKMAT was represented by, Ms. Nurulaini bt. Haji Ramli, Operations Manager, Mr Ng Yih Chuen, President of MADA, and Mr Ben Lee, Vice President of MADA.  The purpose of the discussions was to determine the issues and challenges in addressing IUU fishing as well as to seek strategies and explore opportunities and challenges faced by the fishing industry and the community.

Captain Martin shared his views on three types of security - food, resource, and human. He explained that though there are a variety of security issues in fishery management, the attendant need is more towards soft rather than hard security. He further elaborated that multi stakeholder engagement will open the opportunity for strong market-driven fisheries and better resource management.

The discussions raised many concerns on the gaps that need to be addressed among fishing communities and the fishing industry. There were also suggestions on improving processes and better management of fisheries. The information gained will be useful in providing base knowledge for further consultations with other stakeholders in the policy project undertaken by MIMA.

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