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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-...
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...
Fish vendor in Dili, Timor-Leste. Emerging as an independent nation in 2002 after decades of unrest, Timor-Leste faces many development challenges. Around three quarters of the country’s 1.07 million people live in rural areas, and their reliance on natural resources for fishing and farming means that many are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change that could alter the condition and...
Coaching participants, Bangladesh. Photo by Md. Habibur Rahman, 2013.RANGPUR, Sept 04, 2013 - Experts at a linkage event here today stressed for enhanced cultivation of mono-sex Tilapia fish through adopting the improved farming management technology for boosting fish production in rural areas.   WorldFish organised the filed level linkage event under the USAID funded Cereal Systems...
Traditionally, fisheries policies have been primarily driven by environmental and economic research agendas by foreign governments, development NGOs and scientific researchers. This leaves many small holders and poor people reliant on fish for nutrition, without a voice at a very large table. Acknowledging the disparity in discourse, Stephen Hall, WorldFish Director General, has added new...
Freshwater capture fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin provide the regional population with up to 80% of the animal protein in their diet, as well as livelihood opportunities on a vast scale.   Despite their importance to the region, the different values that fish contribute to income, and the relative role of fish resources in rural livelihoods and welfare have never been fully...
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday 16 May, 2013   Securing the critical contribution of wild fish stocks to food and nutrition security in the developing world depends on better governance and management of the fisheries sector.   Fish is a key source of animal protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and micronutrients like iron and zinc that contribute to a balanced...

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