●Reference Photos for South China Sea Fish Larvae
●Advanced Regional Training Workshop on Larval Fish Identification
The UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project’s Advanced Regional Training Workshop on Larval Fish Identification was successfully convened from 25th May – 14th June 2008.
This training workshop was organised by the Training Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), and was led by the regional larval fish expert, Dr. Yoshinobu Konishi of Japan.
The three week workshop was aimed at providing participants from the first larval fish training event convened in May 2007 with an opportunity to work in the laboratory with regional experts to practice identifying economically important fish species to the family and species levels.
Participants were also trained to draw and stain larval specimens and these are being used for the production of a regional guide on the identification of the larvae of coastal and marine larval fish of Southeast Asia.
The UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project and SEAFDEC are working to develop a regional system of fisheries refugia in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand.
A key constraint in the identification of refugia has been the lack of information regarding the distribution and abundance of larval fish in the region.
In this connection the Regional Training Course on Larval Fish Identification and Fish Early Life History Science was convened in Bangkok, Thailand from 16th-31st May 2007.
The following images were prepared to support fisheries technicians in national fisheries departments and research institutes in the task of processing larval fish samples collected during research cruises of M.V. SEAFDEC 2.