Loni Hensler is spending two weeks travelling in southern Bangladesh for the SEAT Project (Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade), visiting shrimp farms and people within the value chains who are supplying shrimp and freshwater prawns into european markets and consumers. Read below on her day by day impressions and views of this area of Bangladeshi shrimp seafood culture and the range of people who work and get incomes from this sector.
We are looking for interesting stories about aquaculture development in the Asian region, particularly in terms of the human aspects of development – the people involved and the changes it has made to their lives and communities. We would particularly like to hear from colleagues in South-east Asian countries, whose work is often under-represented in aquaculture publications. If you have a story to tell please email it to magazine ‘at’ enaca.org, along with some large, high-quality photographs of your subjects. Please prepare articles in line with our Guidelines to authors.
The Proceedings of the Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010 are now available for free download. I encourage all to avail of a copy of this excellent publication. The Foreword is reproduced below - Ed.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) are pleased to present Farming the Waters for People and Food, the Proceedings of the Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010. The Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010, organized jointly by FAO, the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) and the Royal Thai Department of Fisheries (DoF), was held from 22 to 25 September 2010. It sought to bring together a wide-ranging group of experts and important stakeholders to review aquaculture progress and the further potential of this sector, as a basis for improving the positioning of the sector and its mandate within the global community.
The objectives of the Conference were to: (a) review the present status and trends in aquaculture development; (b) evaluate the progress made in the implementation of the 2000 Bangkok Declaration and Strategy; (c) address emerging issues relevant to aquaculture development; (d) assess opportunities and challenges for future aquaculture development; and (e) build consensus on advancing aquaculture as a global, sustainable and competitive food production sector.
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