Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

Partners - Brazil

Marine Science Institute, Federal University of Ceara

The Marine Science Institute of the Federal University of Ceara (LABOMAR/UFC) was founded in 1960, in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil, as a laboratory for marine studies. The LABOMAR/UFC conducts applied and scientific research on marine sciences and hosts two undergraduate programs, namely: 1) Oceanography and Environmental Sciences; and 2) Tropical Marine Sciences. It is a nationally-acclaimed academic centre for marine sciences in Brazil, with studies focusing on the preservation of ecosystems, the impact of the environment on the sea coast and employment and income in the sea fishing industry. The LABOMAR/UFC is also a centre for investigation, improvement and development of new aquaculture technologies, with focus on innovative and applied research; projects with social and technological components; and hands-on training for students. The LABOMAR/UFC can effectively contribute to this project because it has 50 years of leading experience on the 3200 km of coast line in North-eastern Brazil. The centre is composed of 21 permanent professors (all have Ph.D. degrees) and 35 technicians (3 Ph.D. and 10 M.Sc among them) and are involved in education, research and technology transfer to improve the development of aquaculture and fisheries in Ceara State and North-eastern Brazil

The laboratory of aquatic animal nutrition of LABOMAR/UFC has studied shrimp, tilapia, red snappers and cobia, for more than one decade. Also, the Marine Fish Culture Laboratory has worked on reproductive aspects of different marine fishes on these aspects: development of protocols for identification of maturation stages, hormonal induction of broodstocks, spawning and larviculture. This laboratory also conducts research on development of biotechnological applications for reproduction and larviculture of native Brazilian marine fish species, manipulation of environmental, nutritional and microbiological factors affecting larval development; development of protocols for cooling and cryopreservation of sperm and eggs. The LABOMAR/UFC has conducted more than a hundred aquaculture projects, of which more than 35 were internationally funded.

Key personnel

Professor Luis Parente Maia

Associate Prof. Dr. Luis Parente Maia, Vice-Director of LABOMAR/UFC since 2008, obtained his Ph.D. on Marine Sciences from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 1998.

He has been involved in education and research since 1990. His research has focused mainly on environmental impacts on aquaculture.

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