Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management


RSS World Aquaculture Adelaide: Special session on regional cooperation for improved biosecurity

Released: 2015/3/24 19:40:00 | 6 soundtracks | 1356 views | Listen online

Effective health management is a shared responsibility that requires a coordinated approach from all countries, particularly with regards to emergent pathogens such as “EMS” (acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease of shrimp), where containment requires a rapid response from the international community. There are good reasons to believe that wide and increasing inbreeding is also a significant factor in the epidemics frequently observed in the aquaculture industry.

A special session on Regional Cooperation for Improved Biosecurity was held at the World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 conference, from 7-11 June. The session discussed i) regional cooperation in biosecurity, ii) dealing with emerging diseases, focussing on acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease, and iii) domestication programmes and their implications for genetic diversity, disease susceptibility and resistance.

NACA would like to thank the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research for providing a travel grant that allowed the speakers to attend the conference.


RSS JICA / NACA / DOF International Symposium on Small-scale Freshwater Aquaculture Extension

Released: 2014/2/10 19:40:00 | 21 soundtracks | 3145 views | Listen online

World population is projected to increase drastically in the coming decades which might bring about shortage of food. Freshwater fish are considered to be one of the most promising commodities that can contribute to increased food production in a sustainable manner. Common in the Asia-Pacific region, freshwater aquaculture provides diverse benefits to rural farmers including income generation, improved nutrition and sustainable livelihoods through integrated farming system.

The main objective of this symposium was to provide a venue for information sharing on extension of small-scale aquaculture, specifically targeted to those individuals and relevant organisations involved in various aquaculture development projects. The symposium also assessed and presented the effectiveness of “farmer-to-farmer extension” approaches in the implementation of relevant aquaculture development projects in the region.

The symposium was organised by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), NACA and the Thai Department of Fisheries for stakeholders involved in the JICA-assisted projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Benin and Madagascar. The symposium was also attended by representatives from other countries in Asia and Africa including Cote d’ Ivoire, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Zambia.

For more information and the programme please see the workshop prospectus.


RSS Special guest lectures in aquaculture

Released: 2013/5/31 19:40:00 | 2 soundtracks | 1909 views | Listen online
A series of occasional lectures on important topics in aquaculture, given by visiting scientists and aquaculturists.

RSS FAO - APFIC - NACA Regional Consultation on the Sustainable Intensification of Aquaculture in Asia-Pacific

Released: 2013/3/4 19:40:00 | 11 soundtracks | 3146 views | Listen online

The world population is forecast to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. To maintain our food supply global agricultural output must increase by around 60% from present levels. Our starting position is that globally around one billion people are suffering from hunger and poverty right now. More than half of them, 578 million, live in the Asian region.

The objective of the consultation was to develop a regional strategic policy framework to guide national governments and regional organizations in promoting sustainable intensification of aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region. The consultation also identified priority actions and, where possible, practical measures for their implementation.

The consultation specifically focussed on intensifying aquaculture through more efficient use of resources and environmentally sound practices. Farm productivity and environmental performance must be improved through a combination of forward-looking policies, better management practices and technological improvements, rather than by increasing inputs to the system.

The consultation considered these issues within the prevailing socio-economic context of aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region – a sector characterised by large numbers of small-scale, family-operated farms that require special attention if aquaculture is to continue to contribute significantly towards their welfare. Practical interventions must address this reality if real change is to occur.


RSS Emergency regional consultation on acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome

Released: 2012/8/12 19:40:00 | 19 soundtracks | 10126 views | Listen online

Please note: As the cause of AHPNS is not yet known, much of the information contained in these presentations is speculative rather than definitive in nature - Ed. An AHPNS disease card is now available to assist with provisional field diagnosis.

Recently, an emerging disease known as acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome has caused significant losses amongst shrimp farmers in China and Vietnam (2010), Malaysia (2011) and Thailand (2012). The disease affects both Penaeus monodon and P. vannamei and is characterised by mass mortalities during the first 20-30 days of culture, an abnormal hepatopancreas, corkscrew swimming, loose shells, pale colouration and slow growth. The cause is unknown at this time.

Considering the severity of the disease, NACA and the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry convened an emergency consultation in Bangkok, 9-10 August 2012, involving international shrimp health experts, regional governments and industry to share information on this emerging disease, its occurrence, pathology and diagnosis, and to develop a coordinated regional response to the issue. The recordings in this collection are the technical presentations made at the consultation.


RSS 2012 progress reports of the NACA Regional Lead Centres

Released: 2012/6/21 19:40:00 | 3 soundtracks | 1447 views | Listen online
The recordings in this collection are the annual progress reports of NACA's regional lead centres in Thailand, China and the Philippines. The presentations were made at the 23rd NACA Governing Council Meeting, which was held in Siem Reap, 27-29 May 2011, hosted by the Government of Cambodia. The Governing Council is NACA's peak policy body, which meets annually to review the organisation's activities and set priorities for the year ahead.

RSS AquaClimate Project Partners Meeting

Released: 2012/6/19 19:40:00 | 8 soundtracks | 1615 views | Listen online
For the past three years NACA has been working with a consortium of partners on a project to strengthen the adaptive capacities of small-scale farmers to climate change. The aim of the “Aquaclimate” project, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), is to identify the likely medium-term impacts of climate change on important aquaculture systems and to develop adaptation strategies that will help farmers to cope with the changes. The project has focused on five case studies that are important from a livelihood and/or food security perspective: Catfish farming in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam; milkfish farming in the Philippines; low intensity shrimp farming in India; improved extensive shrimp farming in Vietnam; and culture based fisheries in seasonal reservoirs in Sri Lanka. The project has mapped farmer perceptions of climate change through an extensive series of stakeholder consultations and developed climate change scenarios for the case study areas through local downscaling of mainstream climate change models. The final Partners Meeting was held from 14-16 May 2012, to present the findings of the project in preparation for a Regional Workshop on the Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture.

RSS National Workshop on Scaling up of Shrimp BMP Programme at the National Level

Released: 2011/7/5 19:40:00 | 20 soundtracks | 4129 views | Listen online
Better management practices have proved to be a highly effective tool for the Indian shrimp farming industry. Work to extend adoption of the practices is ongoing and in this view a national workshop was held in Chennai, 16-18 May 2011 at the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture to discuss scaling up strategies, to extend the concept to new areas and to involve more farmers and identify lessons learned that can be applied elsewhere. The aims of the workshop were to:
  • Build awareness and capacity of relevant stakeholders on BMPs, cluster management, standards and certification, cluster/group certification, internal control systems and market access issues.
  • To share lessons from BMP and cluster management projects in India, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
  • To perform a thorough assessment of the impact of shrimp BMP and cluster management programs in India, including technical, social, economic and environmental concerns.
  • To identify factors for success and constraints to adoption.
  • To identify opportunities and challenges for scaling up.
  • To provide projections on the impact of scaling up at the national level.
  • To develop scaling up strategies for use by national institutions, regional organisations and potential donors.
The workshop was an activity of the ASEM Aquaculture Platform, funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme.

RSS 2011 progress reports of the NACA Regional Lead Centres

Released: 2011/5/11 19:40:00 | 6 soundtracks | 1938 views | Listen online
The recordings in this collection are the annual progress reports of NACA’s regional lead centres in India, Thailand, China and the Philippines, plus a summary of NACA’s progress over the past five years and a special address by Professor E.G. Silas. The presentations were made at the 22nd NACA Governing Council Meeting in Cochi, Kerala, from 9-11 May 2011, which was hosted by the Government of India. The Governing Council is NACA’s peak policy body, which meets annually to review the organisation’s activities and set priorities for the year ahead. Collectively NACA’s 18 member states produce more than 90% of global aquaculture by volume, which now represents around 50% of the global food fish supply.

RSS National Training Workshop for Cluster Certification Trainers

Released: 2011/4/22 19:40:00 | 3 soundtracks | 1778 views | Listen online
Small scale farmers are under increasing pressure from the globalised trading environment. International requirements on food safety, traceability, animal health and welfare and social responsibility are increasingly stringent. The burden of compliance and the cost of certification are particularly heavy for small scale farmers who are often excluded by the limited resources at their disposal. Working in groups can help small scale farmers attain economies of scale necessary to address compliance issues and participate in certification schemes, improving their competitive position. However, forming collaborative groups and coordinating their activities brings it own challenges. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) supported the Government of Thailand to implement a technical coperation project on "Certification for small-scale aquaculture in Thailand". A train-the-trainers workshop was convened from 21-23 April 2011 to extend the outcomes of the project to DOF personnel involved in aquaculture certification and extension.

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