Tropical aquaculture: need for a strong research base.

The authors argue that tropical aquaculture could make a significant contribution to the world fish supply, but is hindered by the absence of an adequate research base. They outline the history of aquacultural research, analyse the problem of the lack of a sustained basic research programme for the development of tropical aquaculture, and propose solutions on the basis of successes in agricultural research.

Strategies and options for increasing and sustaining fisheries and aquaculture production to benefit poorer households in Asia [PDF in letter standard]

The last three decades have wi tnessed dramatic changes in the structure of supply and demand for fish, especially in Asia. This WorldFish research study sponsored by the Asian Development Bank focussed on nine developing countries – Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, all active players in the transformation of global fish supply and demand.

Small scale fisheries in the neotrophics: research and management issues

The lack of comprehensive regional treatments of small scale fisheries and the need for improved information for management purposes of this sector in the region are emphasized. Estimating total catches, mapping the seasonal deployment of fleets and quantifying their fishing effort as well as computing catch per unit effort and cost per unit catch for all major gears/species are crucial. In addition, the need to understand oftenly neglected issues, such as the mobility of fisherfolk in and out of the fishery and the role of women in production, distribution and trade are emphasized.

SLODS: slow dissolving standards for water flow measurements

In this study, we report the development of slow dissolving standard (SLODS™), designed to estimate water flow over a lunar period (30 days). To demonstrate the usefulness and validity of this technique, we describe successful preliminary calibrations, large-scale field experiments and the outcome of a detailed comparison with data obtained from clod cards during studies of giant-clam farming in villages in the Solomon Islands.

The role of an international research organization in tilapia aquaculture.

ICLARM - The World Fish Center was established in 1977 and published its first papers on tilapia in 1980, indicating an early interest. Starting in the 1980s, the tilapia research and allied activities of the Center and its partners evolved from general reviews and studies on the needs of farmers culturing tilapias in developing countries to more strategic studies using selective breeding and improved knowledge of natural genetic diversity for development of people.

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