09/05/2017 Ecosystem Based Management of Sea Cucumber

PERSGA (the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden) organized a regional training workshop on Ecosystem-Based Management of Sea Cucumber Fisheries in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden at the headquarters of Emergency Mutual Aid in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (EMARSGA), Hurghadah Egypt, for three days (9-11 May, 2017).   This workshop was held within the framework of the GEF/WB Strategic Ecosystem-based Management (SEM) project. Specialists, including fishery managers, from the PERSGGA Country Members (Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen) participated at the workshop in the presence of the PERSGA consultants/instructor (Mr. Stephen Lindsay) and PERSGA Program/Workshop Coordinator (Dr. Zaher Al-Agwan).

The workshop aimed at enhancing the capacity-building of national specialists from the country members to manage sea cucumber fisheries and sharing information between participants in this area during the three days (9th -11th May 2017). During the first two days of the workshop (9th -10th May 2017), the participants were trained on different issues in relation to sea cucumbers. These issues included sea cucumber biology and ecology, identification and fishery management of the commercial species of these organisms. The workshop also included lectures showing the aquaculture methods used for farming commercial sea cucumber species worldwide and case studies on fishery management of these organisms from different countries at the global level. At the regional level, the participants provided presentations during the first two days of the workshop, showing the current status of the fishery management of these species in each country of the PERSGA region individually.

At the last day of the workshop (11th May 2017), there were discussions and information sharing with and between participants regarding the different measures undertaken for managing fisheries of commercial sea cucumber species and their conservation in each country member.

At this day, the participants then rank the priority issues identified for fishery management of these species at the national levels, and also at the regional level seeking for undertaking regional measures in the future. Participants recommended PERSGA undertaking further steps for fishery management of the commercial sea cucumber species in general and enhancing the national capacity-building in the area of aquaculture of these organisms.  

At the end of the workshop, each participant was obtained an attendance certificate. Each participant was also provided with the workshop presentations and additional educational materials in relation to management and farming of the commercial sea cucumber species on a USB pen drive.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden