Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management
Asian Fisheries Society

The Department of Fisheries, Thailand, in collaboration with the Asian Fisheries Society, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for the Asia and the Pacific, GLOBEFISH, INFOFISH, the Network of Aquaculture Centres in the Asia-Pacific, and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center and partners are proud to host the ASEAN Fisheries and Aquaculture Conference and Exposition 2016: ASEAN Seafood for the World and the11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum: ASIAN Food Security for the World from 3 to 7 August 2016, at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. We welcome traders, producers, scientists, researchers from around the world to attend this remarkable exposition and forum.

The 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (AFAF) provides an international platform for distinguished scientists from all over the world to discuss the issues pertaining to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region. The forum has been convened 10 times to date, around the ASEAN region.

The 11th AFAF will be complemented by the 6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF6), which will be run as a parallel session with the forum.

For more information please visit the 11th AFAF website, which is now open for registrations and submission of abstracts.

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Projects

Development of regional code of practice for movement of aquatic organisms in the lower Mekong basin

The objective of this project was to develop an agreed code of practice for the transboundary movement of aquatic organisms that feeds into the fisheries management strategy for the lower Mekong basin. The risks of unregulated movements include the introduction of disease agents, unwanted or invasive species and of compromising the genetic integrity of local populations. The code of practice provides guidance on risk management and mitigation measures be taken into account for live aquatic animal imports or other transfers that are part of the established commercial practice, or those related to scientific study at research facilities. The code addresses impacts relating to the movement of both exotic and indigenous species.

Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

The AFSPAN Project is a three-year initiative to improve our understanding of the role of aquaculture in food security, poverty alleviation and human nutrition. The project is developing new methodologies to quantify the impact of aquaculture in developing nations and low income food deficit countries. It will enable the efficient planning, coordination and implementation of research and development programmes supporting the sustainable expansion of aquaculture, and increasing its impact on food security, livelihoods and poverty alleviation for poor people.

Culture-based Fisheries Development in Lao PDR and Cambodia

Culture-based fisheries (CBF) are a useful development strategy for improving the income and food security of rural communities. CBF requires minimal capital outlay, mobilising farming communities to make use of existing small dams and reservoirs for the secondary purpose of foodfish production. The objective of this project is to introduce community-based CBF to Cambodia, and to consolidate the gains of communities that have adopted CBF in Lao PDR by developing strategies to optimise the benefits under varying social, climatic and regulatory circumstances.

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