Aquaculture and Fisheries industry are increasingly playing important roles in the world. Reportedly, the total world aquaculture and fisheries production is continuously increased which is approaching 150 million tons. The South-East Asia has been showing as a very dynamic and important region for aquaculture and fisheries which is significantly contributing to sustainable development of global aquaculture and fisheries.
Aquaculture and fisheries sciences and technology are rapidly developed in the South-East Asian countries to meet its missions and to due with newly immerged issues for sustainable development. Sharing knowledge in aquaculture and fisheries sciences and technology is thus really important and necessary for the region.
This is the second time, six universities, Universitas Airlangga (Indonesia), Can Tho University (Vietnam), Kasetsart University (Thailand), Nong Lam University (Viet Nam), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Malaysia), Prince of Songkla University (Thailand), are jointly organizing the International Fisheries Symposium. As its objectives, the subject of this annual symposium is “Sharing knowledge for sustainable aquaculture and fisheries in the South – East Asia???.
This will be a wonderful opportunity for scientists, technicians, businessmen, farmers and managers from the South- East Asian countries and from the worldwide countries to gather and to share knowledge and information on Aquaculture and Fisheries Science and Technology. Students are highly welcomed to attend the symposium.
This annual symposium will be organized at Can Tho University, Viet Nam, the third largest producer of the world aquaculture production. This will give you a great chance to explore deeper aquaculture and fisheries industry in this country.
We strongly believe that this symposium is not only an opportunity to share knowledge, but also a great chance to promote further international collaboration in research, education, technical transfer and other business activities.
On behalf of the organizers, we warmly welcome you to Can Tho University, Viet Nam, and do hope that you will have wonderful time of staying here during the symposium.
Chair of the Symposium
Rector of Can Tho University
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ha Thanh Toan
On behalf of the staff of the NACA Secretariat, I would like to express my sincere thanks to our outgoing Director General, Prof. Sena De Silva, for his contribution to the organisation, aquaculture development in member states and most of all for his dedication to improving the lot of small-scale farmers in the region.
I think it is fair to say that there are few institutional leaders today who have upheld the interests of the region's farmers in such a frank and fearless way. He will be greatly missed by the staff of the Secretariat and we wish him all the best in his renewed endeavours at Deakin University, and we look forward to our ongoing collaboration with him.
I would also like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome our new Director General, Dr Ambekar Eknath, and hope that his years ahead with the organisation will be productive and enjoyable.
Simon Wilkinson, Editor.
I am honored and privileged to inform you all that I joined NACA as its new Director General on September 1. I took the baton from Prof. Sena De Silva after a brief and pleasant transition period of 10 days in August interacting with all NACA professional and administration staff on various administration and programme related matters. Let me at the outset; take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the Honourable Members of the Governing Council of NACA for their confidence in me to lead NACA for the next five years. I also wish to express my sincere appreciation to Prof. Sena De Silva for his leadership of NACA during the past five years, his transparent and forthrightness in management decisions, for effecting a smooth transition of leadership to the incoming DG, and most significantly, for implementing important reforms in governance and accountability of the NACA Secretariat. I do pledge to build on the experience and exemplary track record of my predecessors and strive to live-up to the expectations of the GC members, national aquaculture centres of the member governments, donor community, and our partners and well wishers. At the same time, I commit myself to the ideals of NACA as the most cost-effective organisation in the region, true networking of centres, participatory governance, inspiring work environment, and a vibrant multicultural setting.
Update: The Colombo Declaration is now available for download - Ed.
The first Asia Regional Ministerial Meeting on Aquaculture for Food Security, Nutrition and Economic Development was convened in Colombo on 28-29 July, hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka. This was the first time an international ministerial-level meeting has been held on aquaculture in the Asian region, or indeed the world. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss regional cooperation in improving the contribution of aquaculture regarding the above issues.
We are very pleased that delegations from seventeen countries are in attendance, namely Bangladesh Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, DPR Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.
The keynote address was made His Excellency, the Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka. The text of the speech is appended below, and a recording of his keynote address is available for download (MP3, 9.7MB). Opening remarks were delivered by Dr Arni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO; Prof. Sena De Silva, Director General of NACA; and Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Sri Lanka. The opening ceremony was followed by ministerial statements concerning aquaculture, food security, nutrition and economic development.
The highlight of the meeting was the issue of the joint "Colombo Declaration", a political commitment to regional cooperation in aquaculture development for food security, nutrition and economic development. The declaration provides a policy framework for Asian governments to collaborate in pursuing these common goals, to share experience and build on each others strengths for the benefit of all.
Recordings of the ministerial statements and other presentations made at the meeting will be available for download from the podcasting section of the NACA website in due course.