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Collaboration on Genetics and Breeding

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
16 December 2008, at 12:00am

GENERAL - The development of a consortium of fish genetics and breeding has recently been proposed for to aid collaboration in the Asian finfish industry.

In recognition of the growing body of genetics research pertaining to aquaculture, within the region, NACA (Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific) together with NACEE (the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central and Eastern Europe) convened a consultation to discuss the formation of a consortium on fish genetics and breeding, to encourage collaboration and sharing of resources, and to identify and prioritise key researchable issues/ projects on fish breeding and genetic resources management.

The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Nguyen Van Hao, Director of RIA2; Prof. Sena De Silva, Director General of NACA; and Dr. Laszlo Varadi, Director of HAKI on behalf of NACEE, reports NACA. The meeting was attended by representatives of institutions throughout the NACA and NACEE networks, including from Bangladesh, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Poland, Russia and Viet Nam, as well as from the FAO and the WorldFish Centre.

Participating institutions expressed strong support for the establishment of a consortium on freshwater fish genetics and breeding.

It was agreed that the collaborative activities of the consortium would initially focus on common carp, as it is of much interest to most countries in Asian and Central and Eastern Europe, and also due to the economic and cultural significance of this species. The consortium would aim to facilitate R&D in relation to freshwater fish genetics and breeding.

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