The University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, is launching a new two-year Master’s program in Applied Genetics by Research (Aquaculture) for international and national students. The program combines a coursework component with a research thesis. This innovative hybrid structure is unique in Australia as it embeds the necessary advanced and hands on discipline training integrated with tailored courses in quantitative and population genetics, reproductive biotechnologies, omics, applied statistics and bioinformatics, and analysis of breeding, genetic and genomic data.
Application for the first intake to start semester 1 (February), 2017 is now open. Further information about the program structure, admission requirements and career perspectives can be found at the University of the Sunshine Coast website.
The twelfth meeting of NACA’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was held in the coastal town of Cha-am, Thailand from 9-12 March, approximately two hours’ drive south of Bangkok. The meeting was attended by participants from sixteen NACA member states, the Regional Lead Centres for China, India, the Philippines and Thailand and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The TAC meets every two years to review NACA’s rolling work programme and propose amendments to realign it with the current needs of member governments and to account for new and emerging issues. In proposing changes, the TAC prioritises issues of common concern to multiple member governments where there are good prospects for regional collaboration. The NACA Secretariat uses the output to revise the work programme, which is submitted to the next meeting of the NACA Governing Council for consideration and adoption.
Asia produces nearly 90% of world aquaculture output. However, growth of the industry is increasingly constrained by various factors, including poor broodstock quality and genetic deterioration of domesticated stock. This has arisen in part from a general lack of planning, knowledge and skills in broodstock management. Capacity building across the region is urgently required for hatchery operators at different scales through information exchange, experience sharing and training.
NACA was selected by the World Bank to implement a 6 day training program on "Good Aquaculture Practices" in Surabaya, Indonesia from 17-22 June 2013 under the on-going World Bank Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) initiative. NACA implemented the activity in collaboration with the Directorate of Processing and Marketing and Directorate of Aquaculture under the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Government of Indonesia. The objective of this training was to deliver a comprehensive certificate level aquaculture food safety and supply chain management training program aimed at providing factory level food safety supervisors and managers and government inspection staff with sufficient competency to design and implement Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) through the supply chain including food safety management systems and HACCP.
NACA was pleased to coordinate an aquaculture study tour to Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand from 19-26 April for a delegation of twelve fisheries development officials from Assam, India. The delegation included Mr Sri Hemanta Narzary, Commissioner and Secretary for Fisheries; Mr Sri Kailash Chang Damria, State Project Director for the ARIAS Society, Mr Sri Siddhartha Purkayastha, Deputy Directory of Fisheries, and district fisheries development and extension officers.