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The big data supporting small-scale fisheries research

In this animated audio clip, bioinformatics researcher Shaun Wilkinson explains the data tool behind WorldFish's winning proposal for the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture's 2018 Inspire Challenge. ...

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Global conference: Towards an inclusive blue economy

International Institute for Environmental and Development (IIED) will host an international event to discuss how to develop a marine economy that is fair and sustainable that will bring together ocean experts, policymakers, fisheries associations, business and civil society representatives and stakeholders to consider strategies for developing national economies that protect marine resources and people's livelihoods and make sure that the benefits of the ocean are shared equitably.

Join FISH CRP Independent Steering Committee Member Editrudith Lukanga talks on "Winners and losers: what fiscal tools can make fisheries work for the environment and people?" where she will be sharing her thoughts on 10 important questions during the 2nd day of events. Lena Westland of FAO will also be presenting on the Illuminating Hidden Harvests research that is being led by WorldFish, FAO and Duke University.

Marine and coastal ecosystems provide a range of critical services reaching across supply chains, from food, biodiversity and culture to regulate important functions such as carbon sinks, climate regulation and flood protection. Despite this, they are a resource under threat from over exploitation.

One of the most critical governance challenges is the lack of understanding of the benefit generated from these ecosystems. When it comes to knowing the part small-scale fisheries play in this picture, for example, their contribution is often undervalued and overlooked, compared with the rest of the sector. As a result, they receive minimal attention from policymakers and minimal investment, if any, which often leads to unsustainable activities.

By linking local practices, national policies and international aspirations, we can create a blue economy that supports people and ecosystems to thrive.

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London
United Kingdom
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Monday, February 25, 2019 to Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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What can big data do for small-scale fisheries?

WorldFish scientist Alex Tilley talks about his winning proposal for the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture's 2018 Inspire Challenge. ...

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WorldFish HQ events: SPAITS Project Inception Workshop

Scaling Systems and Partnerships for Accelerating the Adoption of Improved Tilapia Strains by Small-Scale Fish Farmers (SPAITS) Project Inception Workshop

Global demand for seafood continues to rise, driven by population growth, higher incomes, urbanization and increasing preference for seafood protein. As capture fisheries production has reached its limits, the growth of aquaculture is critical for meeting the increasing demand for fish. One of the bottlenecks constraining sustainable aquaculture development is the lack of improved strains of fish.

To date, aquaculture in developing countries is still largely based on unimproved fish strains, which are genetically similar or inferior to wild counterparts. This results in aquaculture with poor growth rate, high mortality and production costs. Genetically improved seeds of fish and other aquatic species are essential for increasing productivity and improving socioeconomic performance of aquaculture production.

As part of the sustainable aquaculture research of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH), the BMZ/GIZ funded SPAITS project aims to accelerate the dissemination of improved tilapia and carp strains to smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia, and provide feedback to research on new genetic traits in tilapia that could further benefit smallholders in developing countries.

Dr Nhoung Tran, WorldFish research leads specialize in fish supply and demand modeling and climate change with his research teams will be coordinating the two-days workshop from 14th to 15th February 2019.The goal of workshops is to provide attendees with a focused and in-depth platform to develop project workplans, including project sites, timelines, deliverables and activities of each of the four outputs of the SPAITS project, refine the proposed methodologies and develop a common understanding of the project, and its different activities, expected outcomes, and the individual roles and responsibilities in achieving the project’s deliverables.

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WorldFish Headquarters
Malaysia
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Thursday, February 14, 2019 to Friday, February 15, 2019
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WorldFish HQ events: Multi-Stakeholder Information and Communication (MuSIC) Workshop

Small-scale fisheries, food security and wholesome nutrition: Understanding, appreciating and interrogating the linkages

Small-scale fisheries are the backbone of the marine and inland fisheries sector in Asia. However, the many millions of men and women involved in these small-scale activities of harvesting, processing and marketing continue to be faced with numerous challenges and fewer meaningful opportunities.

An important reason for this situation is because the development and policy discourse about them is excessively focussed on the relative poverty of these communities. By doing so, there is an inadequate appreciation of the important, vital contributions they make to national and local economies.

The MuSIC workshop, led by WorldFish Honorary Fellow Dr John Kurien, will provide new perspectives on small-scale fisheries in relation to food security and wholesome nutrition, positioned within the overall context of the FAO/UN Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines).

The workshop's main aims are to create a multi-stakeholder information and communication alliance in support of small-scale fisheries in Asia.

The workshop is jointly sponsored and organised by the WorldFish and the Food and Agriculture of the United Nations.

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WorldFish Headquarters
Malaysia
Date: 
Monday, February 18, 2019 to Saturday, February 23, 2019
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Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART)

In the Indian state of Assam, capture fisheries and aquaculture provide livelihoods for thousands of rural households, who are directly or indirectly involved in the production and marketing of fish.  While the current average productivity in ponds is ...

Type: Project

Improved data management is enhancing innovation and impact, byte by byte

WorldFish has been a leader in aquaculture and fisheries development for decades, producing valuable outputs that are generally considered to be global public goods. Recognizing the need to make these outputs findable, accessible, interoperable and ...

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Senior Pacific officials commit to promoting small-scale fisheries in national policies

Small-scale fisheries Oceans Pacific Policy SSF Guidelines Resilient small-scale fisheries Solomon Islands Senior government officials from Solomon Islands and Kiribati were inspired by their participation in the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress ...

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Big data proposal wins 2018 Inspire Challenge

WorldFish, in partnership with Pelagic Data Systems, is a winner of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s 2018 Inspire Challenge. The award was presented following three days of presentations and pitches during the platform’s second annual ...

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WorldFish External events: Science for Ocean Actions

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has established a High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, endorsed by the United Nations and G7 countries. To showcase the best scientific knowledge in the field and contribute substantively to the work of the High-level Panel, leading experts will come together at the associated Science for Ocean Actions conference to identify challenges and opportunities for the sustainable management of biological marine resources in different regions of the world.

As part of the thematic discussion on the importance of seafood for human nutrition, Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted, WorldFish Program Leader, Value Chains and Nutrition, will speak about the role of fish in nourishing nations.

The findings and conclusions of the conference will feed into the efforts of the High-level Panel and G7 countries to catalyze bold, pragmatic solutions for a sustainable ocean economy.

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Bergen
Norway
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 to Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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