A workshop on post-tsunami aquaculture was held in Phuket, Thailand and attended by fishery experts from Norway, aqua culture networks in Thailand, Indonesia, USA, UK and non-governmental organizations. There were discussions on marine resources as well as plans to support Thai fishermen affected by the deadly wave that crippled southern Thailand more than year ago.
According to ThaiNews, Dr. Somying Piamsomboon Deputy Director General of the Fisheries Department said the department and their Norwegian counterparts came up with medium and long term programs in assisting the fishermen. One involves surveying marine resources in Phuket, as well as providing training for Thai officials. The other program involves conducting large scale fish farming by applying Norwegian technology scheduled to begin at CapePanwa in the next two months.
The project will receive aid worth 33 million baht fund from Norway while the Thai Fisheries department will support a breeding program for two years with 12 million baht each year.