Pioneering fish genetic resource management and seed dissemination programmes for Africa: adapting principles of selective breeding to the improvement of aquaculture in the Volta Basin and surrounding areas

This document represents the report and contributed papers from a workshop of the same name. The workshop was comprised of a group of 30 international experts and representatives of the environmental, fisheries and policy development agencies of the countries in the Volta Basin.

Mangrove conservation and coastal management in Southeast Asia: what impact on fishery resources?

This paper focuses on relationships between mangroves and coastal fish resources. A review of the literature highlights the lack of quantified relationships. We show that mangroves can be considered as a particular case of an estuarine environment, and then address the broader issue of the relationships between tropical estuaries and fishery resources. An estuarine fish community is composed of three main assemblages, respectively from continental, strictly estuarine or marine origin. The major characteristics of these assemblages are defined.

Investigation of diseases and development of strategies for improved health management of Thai pangas (Pangasius sutchi) cultured in rural ponds in Mymensingh district

Thai pangas, Pangasius sutchi (Syn. P. hypophthahnus) is one of the important species in aquaculture of Bangladesh. Over the last few years, spectacular development of has been taken place in Thai pangas farming in Mymensingh district. Due to quick profit, peoples are converting their rice field into pangas farm. However, when the expansion of pangas farming is almost in its peak, farmers are facing serious disease problems and mortality in their fish. Therefore, to examine health and disease status of Thai pangas, clinical histopathological and bacteriological techniques were employed.

Exclusive economic zones and the management of fisheries in the South China Sea.

The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC), with the provisions for defining an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), is the international agreement that has had the greatest influence on the structure of fisheries policies in national and international arenas. It had the profound effect of increasing the contribution of fisheries to the national gross domestic product or GDP. It brought about a redistribution of benefits from fishing from distant water fishing fleets to the coastal states. Investments flowed in to the fisheries sector.

Developing a consultative Bayesian model for integrated management of aquatic resources: an inland coastal zone case study.

This article presents the methodological aspects of the development of a decision support system (DSS) based on Bayesian networks and aiming at assisting in the management of water-dependent resources (rice, fish, shrimp and crab). The principles of Bayesian networks are introduced, then the steps of model development are detailed and illustrated by the BayFish model being developed in the inland coastal zone of Bac Lieu Province (Vietnam). The particular feature of this DSS is that it is based on the contribution of local stakeholders.

Charting multidisciplinary research and action priorities towards the conservation and sustainable management of sea turbles in the Pacific ocean : a focus on Malaysia

The four sea turtle species found in Malaysia are the leatherback, olive ridley, green and hawksbill. The threats to these species are acute. Populations of leatherback, olive ridley and hawksbill turtles are on the brink of collapse – threatening a biodiversity crisis in Malaysia and the region. On 16-17 August 2004, a workshop was convened in Kijal, Terengganu, to chart new directions in the conservation of Malaysia’s critically endangered sea turtles and to reverse population decline.

Pioneering fish genetic resource management and seed dissemination programmes for Africa: adapting principles of selective breeding to the improvement of aquaculture in the Volta Basin and surrounding areas

This document represents the report and contributed papers from the workshop Pioneering Fish Genetic Resource Management and Seed Dissemination Programmes for Africa: Adapting principles of selective breeding to the improvement of aquaculture in the Volta Basin, convened in Accra, Ghana 27-30 March 2007.

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