SEAFDEC has established linkage with the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); and the collaboration has been strengthened with the establishment of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Fisheries Consultative Group (FCG) Mechanism in 1998. SEAFDEC members also gradually increased from the original members to cover all the ASEAN Member Countries in 2003; while the cooperation between the two organizations has been intensified. SEAFDEC also received support from the ASEAN Foundation in implementation of activities, aiming to support sustainable fisheries, and reduce disparities among countries in the region.
SEAFDEC organized the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Conference on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security in the New Millennium: “Fish for the People” and came up with the “Resolution” and “Plan of Action” on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security for the ASEAN Region, which are considered as policy framework and priority actions for fisheries development of the region. SEAFDEC has been supporting Member Countries in the implementation of the Resolution and Plan of Action through the Special 5-year Program on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security in the ASEAN Region, as well as other FCG Programs.
SEAFEC organized the Seminar on ASEAN-Japan Cooperation for Sustainable Fisheries through SEAFDEC where the ASEAN Vision “To be the leader in sustainable tropical fisheries for the people”, was adopted by Senior Officials responsible for fisheries in ASEAN-SEAFDEC Member Countries. The ASEAN Vision is one of the important policy frameworks for SEAFDEC for formulation and implementation of activities.
In October 2007, the cooperation between ASEAN and SEAFDEC was formalized with the establishment of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership (ASSP). The ASSP is envisaged to provide clear framework, responsibility and working mechanism in order to enhance the effectiveness of the collaborative efforts. In addition, under the ASSP framework, SEAFDEC also supports the implementation of the ASEAN Roadmap for Integration of Fisheries Sector, considering that the initiative would support the implementation of the Roadmap by ASEAN Member Countries.