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Reducing Dependence of Aquaculture on Trash Fish

ASIA - The food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nation (FAO) has approved a regional project entitled "Reducing the dependence on the utilization of trash fish/ low value fish as feed for aquaculture of marine finfish in the Asian region" under the auspices of the FAO Technical Cooperation programME.

The project involves China, Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam and will assist development of sustainable grouper farming systems in these countries.

This project is a result of a recommendation of the 18th NACA Governing Council Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, May 2006, based on the importance of the growing mariculture sector in the region and issues relating to its long term sustainability, one of the main ones being the use of trash/ low valued fish as direct feed.

The two-year project will be coordinated by NACA in conjunction with the FAO Aquaculture Management & Conservation Service (FIMA), Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok. Each of the participating countries has appointed country coordinators who will supervise the operations in each country and will liaise with NACA and FAO.

The first activity of the project, "Inception Planning Workshop" is scheduled to be held in Krabi, Thailand, 8-10 September, and will bring together national coordinators, private sector representatives and FAO personnel.

Ellen Hardy

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