Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Aquaculture Asia Magazine, Vol. XX No. 4, October-December 2015

Published: 27/1/2017 | 613 views

In this issue:

Aquaculture feed supply chain attracting scrutiny. Pond beauty contest, Ram Kumar and social development. Culture modes of giant freshwater prawn in Yangtze River Delta for early harvest. Fish marketing in Kashmir, India - a case study of Srinagar. Community-based integrated fish-duck farming: A boon for rural development in agro-climatic conditions of Assam, India. Gastropod and bivalve fishery of Kakinada Bay, Andhra Pradesh, India: Management and conservation issues.

Developing an Environmental Monitoring System to Strengthen Fisheries and Aquaculture Resilience and Improve Early Warning in the Lower Mekong Basin

Author(s): Cherdsak Virapat, Simon Wilkinson, Doris Soto | Published: 18/1/2017 | 484 views

These are the proceedings of a consultation on the existence and effectiveness of environmental monitoring systems for fisheries and aquaculture in the Lower Mekong basin. The document provides a baseline assessment of environmental monitoring systems in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam and the report of a workshop to discuss the assessments findings and future steps towards an improved environmental monitoring and early warning system that will contribute to climate change adaptation in fisheries and aquaculture in the area.

Perspectives on culture-based fisheries developments in Asia

Author(s): De Silva, S., Ingram, B.A., Wilkinson, S. | Published: 12/5/2015 | 4671 views

This book is the proceedings of the “Regional Consultation on Culture-Based Fisheries Development in Asia”, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 21-23rd of October 2014, under the auspices of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA). The consultation was jointly organised by NACA and the Fisheries Administration of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Food and nutritional security remains problematic in many developing countries.  There are many initiatives underway which are designed to increase food supply, employment and income opportunities, most of which require considerable capital inputs (for instance cropping, livestock production and aquaculture). Often overlooked, are the opportunities to produce more food from the natural productive ecology of lakes and forests. Culture-based fisheries are one example of a relatively simple and low cost technology which can deliver nutritional and economic benefits to communities which often have few livelihood options.

Culture-based fisheries are based in lakes and reservoirs, where fish populations are supplemented by hatchery-produced fingerlings. The stocked fish may breed naturally in the lakes, or they may be species which are desirable but which do not breed in the still-water environments. Fish growth is driven by the natural productivity of the water bodies. Generally, local communities have ownership of the fish, with the benefits shared or used for communal purposes. However, there are other options for management and ownership depending on local needs, cultural arrangements and other uses of the water.

Research and development of culture-based fisheries has been a major endeavour for NACA and ACIAR since the mid-1990s. This has involved projects in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia, the results of which have been reported in previous publications, as noted below. In this volume, we bring together an update from research conducted in those countries and others. We trust the information will foster further development and spread of culture-based fisheries in Asia and beyond, and in doing so, bring livelihood and nutritional benefits to otherwise resource-poor communities.

Aquaculture Asia Magazine, Vol. XIX No. 2, April-June 2014

Published: 26/9/2014 | 3359 views

Sustainable aquaculture

Peter Edwards writes on rural aquaculture: Integrated rice/crayfish farming in Hubei Province, China

Research and farming techniques

Improvement of seaweed Kappaphycus alvarezii culture production by reducing grazing by rabbit fish (Siganus spp.)
Pham Quoc Hung, Phung The Trung, Svend Jorgen Steenfeldt, Nguyen Quang Huy

Exploring the fisheries of Wular Lake, Kashmir, India
Neha W. Qureshi, Nitesh V. Kadtan and Jitesh V. Keshave

Golden mahseer, Tor putitora - a possible candidate species for hill aquaculture
Neetu Shahi, Sumanta Kumar Mallik and Debajit Sarma

NACA Newsletter

  • 25th NACA Governing Council held in Vientiane, Lao PDR
  • Dr Cherdsak Virapat elected as next Director General of NACA
  • 9th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture
  • NACA to convene the 11th AFS Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum
  • Free primers for specific detection of bacterial isolates that cause acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease
  • World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014: Special session on regional cooperation for improved biosecurity
  • AHPND detection discussion group established
  • OIE Regional Workshop on Emerging Aquatic Animal Disease Response, in collaboration with NACA, Bali, Indonesia
  • United Kingdom – Southeast Asia Workshop on Sustainable Aquaculture 

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Small-scale Freshwater Aquaculture Extension

Published: 19/9/2014 | 2442 views

This is the proceedings of the an international symposium organised for stakeholders involved in the JICA-assisted projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Benin and Madagascar. The main objective of this symposium was to provide a venue for information sharing on extension of small-scale aquaculture, specifically targeted to those individuals and relevant organizations involved in various aquaculture development projects. The symposium also assessed the effectiveness of "farmer-to-farmer" extension approaches in the implementation of relevant aquaculture development projects in the region.

NACA Newsletter, January-March 2014

Published: 22/4/2014 | 2471 views
  • International Symposium on Small-scale Freshwater Aquaculture Extension, 2-5 December, Bangkok.
  • 12th Meeting of the Asia Regional Advisory Group on Aquatic Animal Health.
  • National Workshop on EMS/AHPND of Cultured Shrimp held in India.
  • Report on early mortality syndrome / acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome of shrimp.
  • Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade Newsletter.
  • India and the AFSPAN Project.
  • Report on AFSPAN Chilean survey.
  • Feeding and feed management of Indian major carps in Andhra Pradesh.

Aquaculture Asia Magazine, Vol. XVIII No. 4, October-December 2013

Published: 20/3/2014 | 3686 views

Sustainable aquaculture
Peter Edwards writes on rural aquaculture: Pond aquaculture taking off in Nepal

Introduction of culture based fishery practices in small water bodies in Cambodia: issues and strategies
Srun Limsong, Hort Sitha, Ou Sary, Ouch Vutha, C.V. Mohan, Sena S. De Silva

Research and farming techniques
A case study on polycheate fishery by the Irular tribal fishing community on the Tamil Nadu Coast
S. Velvizhi, A.Gopalakrishnan, P. Murugesan and D. Kannan

Use of pangasius pond sediment for rooftop bag gardening: Potential for rural-urban integrated aquaculture-horticulture
M. Mahfujul Haque, M. S. Monira, M. A. Salam, A. P. Shinn and D. C. Little

NACA Newsletter

  • Culture-based fisheries exchanges between Lao PDR and Cambodia
  • National aquatic animal disease surveillance programme launched in India
  • Report on early mortality syndrome / acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome of shrimp
  • International Symposium on Small-scale Freshwater Aquaculture Extension, 2-5 December Bangkok
  • 'Perfect' food for 'perfect' prawns
  • Aquaculture without Frontiers Special Session
  • We asked CSIRO: Gold Coast Tiger Prawns
  • Understanding the sex of salmon
  • Overcoming smallholder challenges with biotechnology
  • Coordinated efforts in aquaculture needed to meet global demand
  • FAO e-book collection for tablets and e-readers

NACA Newsletter, October-December 2013

Published: 1/11/2013 | 2498 views
  • Culture-based fisheries deve lopment in Lao PDR and Cambodia proceeding well.
  • National aquatic animal disease surveillance programme launched in India.
  • Report on early mortality syndrome / acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome of shrimp.
  • International Symposium on Small-scale Freshwater Aquaculture Extension, 2-5 December, Bangkok.
  • 'Perfect' food for 'perfect' prawns.
  • Aquaculture without Frontiers Special Session.
  • We asked CSIRO: Gold Coast Tiger Prawns.
  • Understanding the sex of salmon.
  • Overcoming smallholder challenges with biotechnology.
  • Coordinated efforts in aquaculture needed to meet global demand.
  • FAO e-book collection for tablets and e-readers.

Aquaculture Asia Magazine, Vol. XVIII No. 2, April-June 2013

Published: 3/10/2013 | 2880 views
  • Peter Edwards writes on rural aquaculture: Cultivation of spirulina in India
  • Fish Farmer Field School: Towards healthier milkfish / shrimp polyculture and fish farmer empowerment in South Sulawesi
    Ben Brown and Ratna Fadillah
  • A success story of Maa Tarini Self Healp Group Ornamental Fish Unit, Purunia Village, Keonjhar District, Odisha, India
    Swain, S.K., Baliarsing, B.K,, Sahoo, S.K., Meher, P.K., Patro, B., Rajesh, N., Dash, P.C., Jayasankar, P. and Jena, J.K.
  • Use of lactic acid bacteria in fish farming
    Sukanta Kumar Nayak
  • NACA Newsletter

Literature Review on the potential contribution of fish-related activities to food and nutritional security and poverty alleviation

Author(s): AFSPAN Project | Published: 11/2/2013 | 6772 views
The objective of this document is to review the literature that has been published so far on the potential contribution of fish-related activities (aquaculture and fisheries) to food and nutritional security and poverty alleviation. This body of literature –which is found essentially in the aquaculture/fisheries literature, but also for some parts in the nutrition literature- turns out to be relatively heterogeneous and scattered, relying on different types of indicators and data. This information, which has been generated by different methodologies, applied at various scale (household, community, national levels), offers therefore very limited possibility for rigorous comparison or aggregation across projects, location or countries.

In this report the task consisted in collating these analyses and producing the first comprehensive overview of the data and methods used to assess and quantify the role of aquaculture in improving food, nutrition and livelihood in Low Income and Food Deficient countries (LIFDCs). As part of this process, those different analyses were assessed and particular attention was paid to highlight not only the information generated but also the gap in knowledge where more research is needed.

Sixty five documents (peer-reviewed articles, project reports, international agencies’ reports) were identified and reviewed. To maximize the range of the assessment, the review included both aquaculture and fisheries documents. The complete list of these documents is presented at the end of this document.

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