Malaysia has been a member of several international organisations and the Department has been involved in several main meetings to present and protect Malaysia’s interests in the discussion of international fisheries issues. Among the organisations are:
Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC)
A total of eleven (11) countries are members of SEAFDEC comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Department is involved in several main meetings organised by SEAFDEC each year. The meetings are the SEAFDEC Board Meeting, the ASEAN SEAFDEC Fisheries Consultative Group and several Regional Technical Consultations to discuss joint positions on issues related to fisheries.
Indian Ocean Tuna Commission
Sebagai ahli kepada IOTC, Jabatan menyertai mesyuarat IOTC yang diadakan setiap tahun. Ahli IOTC kehendaki melaporkan pendaratan ikan tuna tahunan kepada Sekretariat IOTC. Mesyuarat tahunan ini akan membincangkan isu-isu yang berkaitan dengan pengurusan tuna di Lautan Hindi.
As a member of the IOTC, the Department participates in the IOTC meetings held annually. IOTC members are required to report annual tuna landings to the IOTC Secretariat. This annual meeting will discuss issues related to tuna management in the Indian Ocean.
Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
As one of the ten ASEAN members, the Department actively participates in several major ASEAN meetings held annually such as the Special Senior Officers Meeting – ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (Sp. SOM – AMAF), ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF), AMAF+3, and the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi). The ASWGFi meeting focused the discussions on fisheries related issues faced by ASEAN member countries.
Food And Agriculture Organizations (FAO)
The department participates in several international meetings organised by FAO held biannually such as the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade and the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture.
Network of Aquaculture Centres in the Asia Pacific (NACA)
As a member of NACA, the Department participates in two annual meetings such as the NACA Governing Council Meeting and the Technical Advisory Committee Meeting. The network is more focused on the discussion of aquaculture issues and new developments in aquaculture.