Biodiversity, management and utilization of West African fishes

Since 1997, the WorldFish Center (formerly known as ICLARM) currently headquartered in Malaysia, the CSIR-Water Research Institut (WRI) at Accra in Ghana, and the Univerity of Hamburg’s Institut und Zoologisches Museum in Germany have carried out collaborative research on the biodiversity of tilapias in Africa, with special emphasis on the Black-chinned Tilapia, Sarotherodon melanotheron. Their efforts have been fi nancially supported by the German Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklun (BMZ) through the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

The Bayfish project: the creation of a suite of tools to show how the production of aquatic resources in tropical inland systems

The BayFish models are decision-support tools that show, and predict, the impact of land use and water management options on water-dependant food production. They allow users to see all the dimensions that need to be considered for a given modification of the system, and to allow down-the line the impacts of any suggested changes.

Baseline studies of biodiversity: the fish resources of Western Indonesia.

This book presents and analyzes data on fish resources collected in Western Indonesia during bottom trawl surveys conducted from 1974 to 1981 by a variety of research vessels. The data identify fish communities that subsequent fishing has much altered, and whose diversity can be expected to gradually decline upon exploitation.

Assessment, management and future directions for coastal fisheries in Asian countries

In Asia, the fisheries sector is important in terms of food security, livelihoods and foreign exchange earnings. However, as in many parts of the world, there are signs that capture fisheries are fully exploited or overfished. Management of fisheries in the region is often hampered by lack of information on the status of fisheries in terms of biological, social, economic, policy and governance aspects. This regional project documents an alarming decline on coastal fishery resources, based on historic research surveys in South and Southeast Asia.

Aquatic resources research in developing countries: data and evaluation by region and resource system. (Supplement to the ICLARM Strategic Plan 2000-2020)

In consultation with our stakeholders, ICLARM has adopted an aquatic resource system approach— used for the first time in the earlier Plan—and examined eight different aquatic resource systems, the special resource issues of small island developing states, and the major issues and benefits of each aquatic resource system for the poor in developing countries. These resource systems have been selected largely to respond to the needs in the tropical regions of the world.

Agricultural development and the opportunities for aquatic resources research in China

China is a large and rapidly developing country. Fisheries and aquaculture have been prominent sectors in the contribution to GDP and the provision of food security, export revenue, and livelihoods for the poor. The rapid development has come at some cost to the environment and the sustainability of natural resources. Levels of marine fisheries catches are stagnant. Some of the rivers and major lakes are polluted and the restoration of the productivity of these lakes is of key concern.

Towards improved practices in Life Cycle Assessment of seafood and other aquatic products

This editorial provides introduction to the 13 contributions to this special issue which present inventory data on many previously undescribed capture fisheries, farming systems, geographical regions, inventory flows and supporting processes. The 13 papers also introduce methodological advances in the form of statistical considerations, impact categories relevant to aquatic resources, and spatial considerations.

A systematic quantitative literature review of aquaculture genetic resource access and benefit sharing

The Convention on Biological Diversity provides a framework for countries to implement laws regulating the access, use and exchange of genetic resources, including how users and providers share the benefits from their use. While the international community has been preoccupied with resolving the unintended effects of access and benefit sharing (ABS) on domestication in agriculture for the past 25 years, its far-reaching consequences for global aquaculture has only recently dawned on policymakers, aquaculture producers and researchers.

Consultation on wild resources and livelihoods in the Ayeyarwady Basin

Field consultations on the role of wild resources in people’s livelihoods were conducted in the Ayeyarwady Basin from the delta in the south to Putao in the north of Myanmar. Interviews and group discussions with local people, key government, and non-government stakeholders in 14 districts provided insights into the status and trends of wild resources and their management. This report is part of the The Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA) project.

Biodiversity of the Ayeyarwady Basin

The Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA) is one of the major knowledge outputs of the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project prepared by Hydro-Informatics Centre (HIC). SOBA aims to inform planning in the Ayeyarwady Basin by providing baseline information on the condition and trends in water and land resources as well as related ecosystem services and the livelihoods and economies of Myanmar that depend on these resources.

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