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Activity 18 September 2017


Following-up on the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and Gifu Prefecture to facilitate its international contribution of technical cooperation and training for Southeast Asian countries, the Inland Fisheries Training Program was convened on 29 August-7 September 2017 at Gifu Prefecture Inland Fisheries Training Center in Japan. The training was aimed to enhance knowledge and capacity of SEAFDEC member countries fishery officers on techniques, expertise of fishing and breeding of Ayu. Attended by representatives from Indonesia (IFRDMD), Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, the Training also was part of contribute the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) program.


Fig 1. The traines and participants of Gifu Prefectural Inland Fisheries Training Program.


In the beginning of Training, the Director of Gifu Prefectural Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquatic Environments and Inland Fisheries Training Center, Mr. Yutaka Nakai, introduced GIAHS: Ayu of the Nagara River System. GIAHS initiative was established by the FAO in 2002, with the aim of ensuring the passing on of globally important regions where the environment and land are leveraged in the practice of traditional agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and in which all of these factors come together with a farming culture and landscapes to form a comprehensive system. In addition, participants also were given lectures about the environmental conservation initiatives, fishery zone management, aquaculture dissemination techniques and system for tourism and branding.


Ayu (Plecoglossus altivelis, also known as sweetfish) is a migratory fish that moves between rivers and the sea over the course of its one-year life span. Juveniles hatch from eggs near the river’s mouth, migrate to the sea in late fall, and stay in coastal areas until spring. From spring to summer, they run upriver and stay there until the fall spawning period. Gifu prefecture boasts the largest yield of ayu in Japan and it is designated as the prefectural fish. Ayu has been a valuable source of protein and enhances the economy and culture along the basin of the Nagara River. With its abundant high-quality water, proper riffle-pool structures, varied types of riverbed gravel, and uninterrupted flow from the river to the ocean, the Nagara River offers an environmental integrity necessary for the life cycle of ayu.


Aside from the knowledge gained, this Training provides participants with the insights on how to manage the link between fisheries and cultural heritage to the forefront of development, not only because of the great heritage value of outstanding fisheries systems, but in view of their historic, current and potential future contribution to food security and sustainable development (#Sevi Sawestri)

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