Twenty-six members of different branches of the Department of Fisheries (DoF) Malaysia in Johor, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Sabah, Selangor, and Terengganu, Sugod Island Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA), and WWF improved their knowledge and skills in applying Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) during a training held from 10-15 August in Sandakan, Sabah.
EAFM is a new way of managing coastal resources, which involves fishery managers, fishers, traders, and society in general, while considering the environment’s status and services.
“These trainings on EAFM have built capacity for improved fisheries management in our fishing grounds. This is good for securing our food from freshwater and marine ecosystems,” said Dr. Norasma Dacho, trainer from DoF Sabah.
Participants looked forward to apply their skills and insights from the event to their respective areas.
“The Essential EAFM (eEAFM) training is very instructive and lots of fun. I am very happy to be a trainee and I am eager to use this new-found knowledge to manage our coastal fisheries in Kedah”, said Mr. Azri Md. Yusoff from DoF Kedah.
The training in Sandakan has increased the number of personnel trained this year in EAFM in Malaysia to a total of 82 trainees. This includes 74 fisheries managers, two environmental executives, four conservationists from non-governmental organizations, and two academic staff from the Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
DoF Malaysia Headquarters and Sabah and CTI Southeast Asia organized and sponsored the workshop while the eEAFM course was developed under the Coral Triangle Consortium of donors along with with FAO and the UN.
It was the fourth training conducted in Malaysia. Previous trainings were held in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Tawau, Sabah, and Johor Bahru. Other trainers were Ms. Tan Geik Hong, from DoF Malaysia, Associate Professor Dr. Connie Fay Komilus from the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, and Ms. Robecca Jumin from WWF-Malaysia.