Workshop held on assessment of ecological impacts of fishing gear in Thailand

  A consultation workshop on assessment of ecological impacts of fishing gear in Thailand was held on January 6, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was organized by the Marine Biodiversity Research Group (Ramkhamhaeng University), Marine Science Association of Thailand and TBTI. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate discussion, fill in knowledge gaps and rate the impacts of fishing gear operated in Thai waters using the data gathered from the existing scientific literature, field surveys and expert consultations. The workshop resulted in a better understanding of these issues and provided further support of the ecosystem-based management in Thailand. A total of 21 experts participated in the workshop, including large- and small-scale fishers, fisheries and marine scientists, marine conservation professionals, and NGO representatives. The workshop included poster exhibitions, presentations of findings from the existing scientific literature and field surveys, general and focus group discussions. The workshop is part of research done by the TBTI PhD student Wichin Suebpala, who is studying ecological impacts of fishing gear in Thailand.