We have just upgraded the NACA website to offer a few new services and also made a few changes to reflect actual usage of the site. The new features are:
One major section of the website has been removed, the public forums. We appreciate that not everyone will be happy about this, however the forums were a long-running experiment that just didn't work out. So for the moment they have been discontinued and all user accounts associated with them have been permanently closed. We are investigating easier alternative mechanisms for community participation, such as integration with Facebook, so we may try again further down the road.
If you find any problems or presentation issues with the new website, the Editor would greatly appreciate it if you could send an email describing the issue and a link to info 'at' enaca.org.
Update: We regret to inform that our dear friend Prof. Nandeesha passed away on 26 December. We would like to express our condolences to his wife and family. It is a very great loss for the aquaculture community, his friends and students, also, and he will be sorely missed by many.
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.