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Mr. Nguyen TienThang, DECAFIREP’s staff presented summaries of activities planned to implement in Vietnam for the first year. During his presentation, he also overviewed brief information of the project as indicated in the project document. He mentioned in the presentation that all of the activities of the project in the first year will be focused in two 4 components. n his presentation, he also summarized some important information of the trawl fisheries in Vietnam. In 2012, there are total 21.539 units using trawling gears in Vietnam accounting for 16.8% in total vessel numbers. Of those, the total number of vessel with capacity less than 20HP accounted for about 10% in total trawling vessels, 48% accounted for the vessels from 20‐150HP and the rest (42%) belong to the vessel higher than 150HP. In general, there was a recent large change on the fishing fleet structure over some years. The total trawl vessel with high capacity is increased over the past few years. The REBYC‐II CTI project will be implemented at KienGiang province as a pilot site for trawl management and bycatch reduction device experiments. In the first year, the project will consider some following main activities such as: review legal and policy frameworks on trawl fisheries management, review trawl fisheries status at KienGiang province, data collection of bycatch and trawl fisheries, development of national legal document to better manage trawl fisheries at the national level. After that, all participants discussed on possibilities to enhance roles and responsibilities on data collection activities in KienGiang province. DECAFIREP will be a coordination agency at the national level and incorporate to local agencies such as Sub‐DECAFIREP and DARD. DECAFIREP will make necessary procedures to resign the existing contract for data collection activities with FAO so that DARD/Sub‐ DECAFIREP can obtain budget for data collection on trawl fisheries and bycatch in the end of 2013 or early 2014. Data collection forms/protocols was developed by a consultancy task (Mr. Nguyen Ba Thong). Due to problem on species identification on bycatch samples, the participants proposed that data collection of total landing and bycatch of trawl fisheries will be collected by both local agencies and a research institute. The local authorities will be responsible for landing data to define the percentage of bycatch in total landing and the research institute will collect bycatch samples so that they can clarify which bycatch species and their corresponding proportions in the total landing. Logbook data is also collected to cross check with the collected landing data. In addition, the logbook data is also used to map fishing groups of the trawl fisheries and for other purposes. During implementation of data collection, involvement of other stakeholders will be a key factor to determine its success. Fishers and the processing and fishmeal companies must recognize the importance of data collection and participation on such activities. Therefore, the participants suggested that raising awareness activities are needed in the coming time. The participants also discussed on application of co‐management approaches on data collection can be a good approach in the current situation of Vietnam. Fishing communities will recognize submission and provision of data to assess and manage their resources and hence their central role will clearly be defined.
Nguyen , B. (2013). MISSION REPORT. Samut Prakarn: Training Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center.
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