Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

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Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center

The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD), established in 1973, was aimed to conduct research, develop technologies, disseminate information and train people in the farming of fishes, crustaceans, molluscs, and seaweeds for food, livelihood, equity and sustainable development. As one of the four technical departments of SEAFDEC, the AQD has been playing an important role in harnessing the potential of aquaculture for economic development in the Southeast Asian region and in promoting aquaculture approaches that follow sustainable and responsible principles. SEAFDEC/AQD has 37 years proven track record of achievements in aquaculture research, training and extension in the Southeast Asian region and in other countries through collaboration. AQD’s research in aquaculture has produced hatchery, nursery and grow-out technologies to address the needs of many small- and medium scale fish farmers in the region. SEAFDEC/AQD has the strong capacity to train aquaculture practitioners and trainers in government and non-government agencies. Overall, AQD has conducted 391 international and local training courses and has trained 12,500 participants from various stakeholder groups from 50 countries. In terms of publications, from 2005 to 2010, AQD published 161 scientific papers, of which 99 papers were from internationally peer reviewed scientific journals (ISI-CC covered journals). Through such research publications and achievements in developing a critical mass of experts, AQD has been recognized widely for its technical competence.

Key personnel

Dr Felix G. Ayson

Dr. Felix G. Ayson, Chief of SEAFDEC/AQD, holds a PhD in Fish Physiology/Endocrinology from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He was also a JSPS post-doctoral fellow and a JSPS visiting professor. An accomplished aquaculture scientist, he has conducted various research projects mostly on marine fishes, some funded by USAID and AusAID, and has published research studies in international peer reviewed scientific journals. He has previously worked with FAO as Chief Technical Adviser in the Middle East.

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