Malaysian National Workshop on Ecosystems Based Approach to Fisheries Management
Some 60 fisheries officials, academicians and stakeholders were in Putrajaya from February 19 and 20th for the National Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Workshop organised by Department of Fisheries Malaysia in collaboration with WWF-Malaysia.
The workshop aimed to provide a platform for the Steering Committee and Technical Working Groups to decide the direction towards sustainable fisheries in Malaysia. Specific objectives that were met from this workshop include:
- The introduction and adoption of relevant EAFM principles as the guiding principles for EAFM in Malaysia
- Drafting of the vision and mission for the EAFM Steering Committee that will encapsulate the vision for EAFM Malaysia.
- Drafting a roadmap for the purpose of developing a National EAFM Framework.
The last day of the workshop marked the development of an EAFM Vision which was unanimously agreed by the participants. The vision entails: "By 2030, fisheries and ecosystems will be sustainably managed for the present and future generations." It is hoped that this workshop will provide further impetus for the formulation of the EAFM Framework for Malaysia.