Regional Policy on Commercial Aquaculre SEAFDEC Initiative
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In the process of implementing the Regional Guidelines, the Member Countries acknowledged the need for follow-up actions especially at the national level in order for the Regional Guidelines to be fully understood, appreciated and implemented by all stakeholders,is at this point that Human Resource Development (HRD) is necessary to support of the implementation of the CCRF. The HRD could include awareness building and training activities, especially on CoC, BMPs, GAPs, as well as on fish trade issues. Another factor that should be taken into consideration for sustainable commercial aquaculture is the need to strengthen institutional support, as it has a very important role to play in the development and management of aquaculture by providing the structure by which aquaculture related activities are governed (Platon et. al, 2007). Such institutional support should provide mechanisms for the involvement of the private sector, farmers, etc. in the enforcement of laws and regulations applicable to aquaculture. Their recommendations for institutional support include: improvement of quality R&D for aquaculture development; encouraging fish farmers to take greater responsibility in resource conservation; and developing aquaculture plan with the participation of and/or in consultation with all stakeholders.
Ekamaharaj, S. (2002). Regional Policy on Commercial Aquaculre SEAFDEC Initiative. Samut Prakran: Training Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center.