11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum, Bangkok

20 Sep 2016

MDPI attended the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum from the 3rd-6th August, in Bangkok, Thailand. This Asian-specific conference highlights the research and efforts in Asia related to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The main theme of this year’s forum was “Asian Food Security for the World”. There were six sessions to the scientific programme: Governance; Education and Training; Sustainable Fisheries; Sustainable Intensification of Aquaculture; Response to Impacts of Climate Change and Seafood, Post-Harvest Technology and Food Safety. There was an additional forum held concurrently on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries.

MDPI delivered two presentations: one on the Fair Trade certification of Indonesian handline tuna and one on working with the mud crab fisherwomen of West Papua to improve sustainability and market access. Both presentations were well received with many questions and feedback on MDPI’s approach. There were many other interesting presentations throughout the forum, with keynote speakers every day discussing topics such as genetic improvement in aquaculture, sustainable fisheries and preventing coastal erosion through mangroves. The session presentations covered value chains of species such as blue swimming crab, transboundary management between neighbouring countries and national management plans and effects of various supplements on species growth and survival for aquaculture.

The conference was a great success and a great opportunity for networking and learning from experiences throughout Asia. Some areas requiring further capacity building within the region were discussed if Asia is to reach its full potential in terms of sustainable fisheries and meet the food security requirements of an ever-growing regional population. Bangkok’s central location in Asia and welcome atmosphere made it a wonderful setting for the forum.

Writer: Deirdre Duggan

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