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Woman and child from a fishing village, Bangladesh.Increased consumption of micronutrient-rich small fishes can effectively meet nutritional demand of malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers in building a healthier generation.   Malnutrition of pregnant women, lactating mothers and children, belonging to the poorer families in rural Bangladesh, has been still remaining...
By Asafu Chijere, WorldFish, Malawi Aquaculture, Malawi.Moving along the shores of Lake Chilwa in Malawi selling cooked cassava and fritters was once a typical day for 30-year-old Ida Likhomo.   Like many others, the social pressures facing girls in the region’s fishing communities forced Ida to leave primary school in only her second year. With no education, there was no opportunity...
Fishing in Mekong River, Vietnam.The Khone Falls on the Mekong river in southern Laos, close to the Cambodian border, is “an ecologically unique area, so rare in nature that every effort should be made to preserve all of Khone Falls from any development”, according to a Mekong River Commission consultant in a 1994 report. A colony of Irrawaddy dolphins draws many visitors and helps to sustain a...
The aquaculture sector has an important role to play in increasing the availability of nutrient and Omega 3 fatty acid rich fish to families in poorer areas of the world. It is also important in ensuring that children get the best start to life during the 'first 1000 days', writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor. - See more at: http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/21791/aquaculture-2013-...
A fisherman is silhouetted by the sunset in Malaysia. On World Fisheries Day, we have traditionally discussed the challenges fisheries face and the threats to their sustainability. However, we need to shift the focus to solutions that will ensure a continuing supply of fish for the millions who rely on them for both livelihoods and food security. It is tempting to think about big, commercial...
Worldfish research station, and the jetty that Cletus built World Fisheries Day, November 21, is celebrated throughout the world by fishing communities. It is fitting that this year, on his retirement, we commend the contributions to fisheries research from Mr Cletus Oengpepa.   Cletus, WorldFish research station manager at Gizo in the Western Province of Solomon Islands, has been a...
Sea cucumber farming, Rayner Nha Trang, Vietnam.Within a few years, most of the fish we eat will be farmed, not caught.   That could be a boon for already over-stressed oceans. But the worldwide explosion of aquaculture since 1970 has left its own trail of environmental destruction, from toxic concentrations of waste, to outbreaks of disease, to the continued over-harvesting of smaller ocean...
Fisherwoman checking a fishing line in Mekong, Laos. Peering into the early morning mist created by thousands of tonnes of Mekong water collapsing from Laos into nearby Cambodia, I was surprised when a small black shape emerged.   He looked as spindly and fragile as a botanical specimen. Inching across a barely perceptible cable across what is known as the Khone Falls (Khone Phapheng),...
Farmers tend to crops grown in the bottom of a dried pond in Chingale, Malawi. The increasing variability of climate is a challenge for small-scale farmers in Chingale, Malawi. Changing weather patterns mean that farmers are unable to fully prepare their cropping calendars for optimal harvests, and irregular rainfall is causing unpredictable crop yields. With small land...
Photo from the WorldFish Photostream: Lone fisherman on the wetlands of the Barotse Floodplain, Zambia. Photographer: Georgina Smith.  Zambezi food basket The Zambezi River basin is a food basket for the landlocked southern African nation of Zambia. The river and surrounding floodplains support agriculture, fisheries, and livestock. Around three million people – a...

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