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.
Professor H. P. C. Shetty (17 May 1930 - 11 November 2015) was the first Director of Instruction of the College of Fisheries Mangalore, established in 1969, the first such College in India, thereby laying the foundation for fisheries education. He was responsible for setting the syllabus and developing the campus of the College in Mangalore. He was involved in replicating the Mangalore Fisheries College model elsewhere in India and even abroad. As an Aquaculture Consultant to FAO, Rome, he prepared the curriculum for post-graduate degree programmes in Nigeria, Brazil and the Philippines.
Born on 17 May, 1930, Prof. Shetty was a student of St. Aloysius College, Mangalore. He did two post-graduate degrees (M.A and M.Sc) in Zoology and Biology from Madras Christian College. On completing his studies in 1956, Prof. Shetty began his career as Officer-in-Charge of Mahanady Estuarine Fisheries Research Investigation, Odisha.
Due to the world’s rapidly growing population, which is expected to peak somewhere around 9.5 billion, food production will need to be massively increased over the next few decades. This increase must be achieved without further degrading the environment. The unit environmental footprint of food production must be significantly reduced from where it is today. This concept, termed sustainable intensification, applies as much to aquaculture as it does to other agricultural sectors.
The 26th meeting of the NACA Governing Council was hosted by the Government of Indonesia in Bali, from 5-7 May in the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Sixteen member governments attended, as well as representatives from four NACA Regional Lead Centres, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. A welcome address and opening remarks were given by Dr Slamet Soebjakto, Director General of Aquaculture, on behalf of the Indonesian Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries. A keynote address on the foundation of NACA and its achievements over the past 25 years and looking forward was given by H.E. Dr Plodprasop Suraswadi, the founder of NACA and Chair of the NACA Task Force.
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.