Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Participatory market chain approach: An unidentified sustainable supply chain model to boost fish nurseries

Author(s): Shailesh Gurung | Published: 7/4/2017 | 147 views

In Nepal, low quality and seasonal access to fish seed is an important restriction on the development of the aquaculture sector. Commercialisation of fish farming cannot progress rapidly in the absence of critical inputs and a regular supply of quality fish seed is an integral requirement for the transition of fish farming from a subsistence activity to a commercial enterprise. Participatory market chain approaches are a key tool for the social and economic improvement of farmers and market participants.

Practical significance of restricted feeding regime in aquaculture

Author(s): Kumar, P., Arun Sudhagar, S., V. Harikrishna and Manish Jayant | Published: 11/4/2017 | 142 views

Feed is the most expensive component of an aquaculture enterprise. Successful cultured fish production requires optimisation of feeding practices to ensure the most economically effective growth rates. Reducing feed costs for culture practices can be achieved by taking the advantage of restricted feeding strategies. Under a restricted feeding regime fish convert a greater portion of feed to body weight. Case studies of restricted feeding are presented for several species and the costs savings and other benefits are briefly discussed.

NACA Newsletter, January-June 2016

Published: 9/6/2016 | 1573 views
  • NACA conducts workshops on white spot disease and shrimp health management in I.R. Iran.
  • Don’t forget to register for the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum!
  • NACA pays tribute to Professor H.P.C. Shetty – Patron of the Pillay Aquaculture Foundation.
  • EHP: Shrimp industry survey.
  • 3rd International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture, 24-25 August, Negombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Special Session on the Status of Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
  • Second International Technical Workshop on Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND).
  • Guidebook on Farmer-to-Farmer Extension Approach for Small-Scale Freshwater Aquaculture.
  • Sustainable intensification of aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region.

A regional proficiency testing program for aquatic animal disease diagnostic laboratories in Asia-Pacific

Published: 3/8/2015 | 1181 views

A Regional Proficiency Testing Program for Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories in Asia-Pacific (the ‘regional PT program’) was developed in 2011 to strengthen diagnostic capability across Asia—a region that produces most of the world’s aquatic animal products. This capability was identified as a requirement to facilitate the sanitary safety of trade in aquatic animal products and to assist countries to improve accurate detection of potentially damaging trans-boundary diseases. The need for improved diagnostic capabilities across Asia was widely agreed and documented prior to developing the regional PT program, however few previous activities had made significant or lasting impacts at the regional level.

The regional PT program provided 41 laboratories across the Asia-Pacific with the opportunity to assess their diagnostic performance for 10 regionally significant aquatic animal pathogens, and to adapt or modify practices where necessary to improve. Through collective participation and improvement, regional capability to diagnose important aquatic animal pathogens has been strengthened.

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

Published: 20/3/2014 | 3747 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 July-September 2013

Published: 16/7/2013 | 3099 views
  • Culture-based fisheries exchanges between Lao PDR and Cambodia
  • Culprit behind massive shrimp die-offs in Asia unmasked
  • Presentations from the final technical consultation on EMS/AHPNS of shrimp available for download
  • Aquaculture certification workshop held in Viet Nam
  • Aquaculture in a genetic plunge towards extinction?
  • NACA implements World Bank training program on Good Aquaculture Practices
  • Study tour on aquaculture and wetland management for delegation from Assam, India
  • Koh Yao Noi Tree Bank and mangrove replanting continues
  • Consistent fish names key to consumer confidence
  • We are hiring!
  • Request for contributions: Global Advances in Ecology and Management of Golden Apple Snails (2nd edition)

Better management practices for seaweed farming (Eucheuma and Kappaphycus)

Published: 9/1/2012 | 3849 views

This practical manual "Better management practices for seaweed farming" is produced by the Philippines national team under the ASEAN Foundation supported project "Strengthening capacity of small holder ASEAN aquaculture farmers for competitive and sustainable aquaculture" implemented by NACA in five ASEAN countries. The long-term objective of the project was to assist ASEAN small- scale aquaculture farmers improve their livelihoods by being competitive in markets and improving farm management practices to deliver quality and sustainably produced aquaculture products.

Better management practices for grouper culture in Indonesia

Published: 9/1/2012 | 3691 views
This practical manual "Better management practices for grouper culture in Indonesia" is produced by the Indonesian national team under the ASEAN Foundation supported project "“Strengthening capacity of small holder ASEAN aquaculture farmers for competitive and sustainable aquaculture

Training Programme on Catfish BMPs and Cluster Management

Published: 19/7/2011 | 3048 views
This is the report of a training programme on better management practices (BMPs) for catfish aquaculture and cluster-based management, which was held at the Faculty of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Can Tho University, Vietnam, 7-8 June 2011.

The purpose of the training programme was to build capacity and awareness of selected cluster leaders, lead faremrs and provincial extension officers on catfish MBPs, implementation of BMPs, group formation and operation. The training aimed to raise the awareness of cluster leaders and provincial extension officers on:

* The importance of BMPs and cluster management.
* General BMPs for catfish nursery and growout operations.
* Feed management.
* Water quality management.
* Group formation and operation.
* Setting up internal control system and its operation.

The workshop was attended by 34 participants, including 22 farmers and and 12 provincial technical officers drawn from four prominent catfish farming provinces, ie. An Giang, Don Thap, Vinh Long and Can Tho.The training programme was an activity of the ASEM Aquaculture Platform, funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme.

BMPs and Cluster Management for Empowering Small Scale Farmers: Scaling Up Strategies

Published: 29/6/2011 | 3118 views
The workshop was held in Chennai, India from 16-18 May 2011, at the Central Institute for Brackishwater Aquaculture. It was convened as an activity of the ASEM Aquaculture Platform, funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.

The main purpose of the national workshop was to develop practical scaling up strategies at the national level and build consensus for an implementation plan for wider adoption of shrimp BMPs through a cluster management approach. The specific objectives of the workshop were to:

• Bring together key national institutions and stakeholders perform a thorough assessment of the impact of shrimp BMP and cluster management programs in India, including technical, social, economic, environmental and institutional concerns.
• Identify factors for success and constraints to adoption.
• Identify opportunities and challenges for scaling up.
• Provide projections on the impact of scaling up at the national level.
• Develop scaling up strategies for implementation by national institutions, regional organisations and potential donors.

Additional objectives included:
• Build awareness and capacity of relevant national stakeholders on BMPs, Cluster Management, Standards and Certification, cluster/group certification, Internal Control system (ICS), market access, etc.
• Share lessons from BMP and cluster management projects in India, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
• Strengthen the networking of shrimp BMP project implementers in the region.
• Learn from other sectors like agriculture, the dairy industry and links to other sectors such as the information and communications (ICT) sector.

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