Representatives from the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) joined experts and stakeholders for the “Regional Training Workshop for Fish Loss Assessment Methods: A Gender-Responsive Approach,” on June 24-28, 2024, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Gezelle Tadifa, Science Research Specialist II of the NFRDI-Fisheries Postharvest Research and Development Division (FPHRDD) and Cherry Romero, Senior Aquaculturist of the BFAR-Fisheries Post-Harvest Technology Division (FPHTD) presented a comprehensive country report on the status, implementation, and initiatives of the Philippines toward addressing fish loss and waste. Their reports highlighted specific programs and policies aimed at reducing fish loss and waste across various sectors.

Organized by the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in collaboration with FAO HQs Fishery Division (NFI), the training marked a significant step forward in addressing fish loss and in promoting gender-responsive methodologies.

The training focused on two main components: gender-responsive fish loss assessment methods and the fish loss index. The first component emphasized understanding the context of fish losses through qualitative approaches, ensuring that gender considerations are integrated into the assessment process. The second component provided a quantitative approach to measuring fish loss, equipping participants with the necessary tools to accurately assess and address this issue within their respective contexts.

It featured a series of presentations, group discussions, and hands-on activities designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of both qualitative and quantitative fish loss assessment methods. The interactive format encouraged active participation and knowledge sharing among attendees, leading to a deeper appreciation of the complexities and nuances involved in fish loss assessment.

The workshop concluded with a session on adapting fish loss measurement tools to country-specific contexts, ensuring that participants could tailor the methodologies to meet their unique needs and challenges.

“In summary, the training workshop was a resounding success, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the organizers, trainers, and participants. The knowledge and skills we gained during the workshop will undoubtedly contribute to more effective and sustainable fishery practices, benefiting both the environment and the communities that rely on these vital resources,” Tadifa said.

“We look forward to a continued collaboration and application of these methodologies in the field, paving the way for a more sustainable and equitable future in fisheries management,” she concluded. ### (Gezelle Tadifa)