Review of the Activities of the SEAFDEC Training Department 1968-1985
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At the First Ministerial Conference for the Economic Development of Southeast Asian held in Tokyo in April 1966, it was proposed by the Delegation from Thailand that, with the cooperation of Japan, a Marine Fisheries Research and Development Center be established in Southeast Asia for the promotion of fisheries as a means of increasing the food supply in the region. As a consequence, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) was established under the auspices of the Council of Ministers for the Economic Development of Southeast Asia in 1968. An agreement signed by representatives from Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the Republic of Vietnam indicates that the main purpose of the Center is to enhance and support regional fisheries development through mutual efforts among member countries and non-member countries as well as organizations interested in regional fisheries development.