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Inland Aquaculture Workshop

by the Fish Site Editor
23 February 2010, at 12:00am

ASIA - With increasing pressure on inland fisheries resources, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Network of Agricultural Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) convened an expert workshop to review inland fisheries resource enhancement and conservation practices in Pattaya, Thailand, 8-11 February.

Inncreasing pressure from water engineering projects, pollution and overfishing has lead to an alarming decline in the natural populations of many important inland fish species in Asian countries.

This has implications for the economic welfare and nutrition of millions of people that are dependant on these resources, for the environment, and also for the aquaculture industry that depends on the genetic resource base. Regional collaborative efforts are required to facilitate assessment of current inland fisheries resource enhancement and conservation practices, and there are transboundary coordination issues for countries that share rivers.

Experts from 10 Asian countries attended the meeting to share experiences and lessons learned. The papers and synthesis from the workshop will be published by FAO in due course, but in the meantime audio recordings of the workshop presentations are available for download (MP3 format), or you can stream them from the NACA server if you prefer to listen online. Country presentations on inland fisheries enhancement and conservation practices are available for Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam by clicking here.

the Fish Site Editor