Betty in Nicaragua

Betty in Nicaragua

Betty More and her husband Bill have been immersed in seafood since they were married in 1961 and together they have formed a formidable force in the aquaculture sector. Aquaculture without Frontiers wishes to acknowledge Betty’s amazingly resilient contribution to aquaculture and with great pleasure gives Betty More the Woman of the Month award for July 2016.

One of the problems in the early days facing the aquaculture industry was a lack of transparency. The work that Betty did (in supporting Bill and others) has enabled industry engagement in certification with all the bells and whistles of an independent standard. On the journey Betty has been a great support to many hundreds of people in developing countries who struggled with the paperwork and the systems. Well versed at the highest level in food safety Betty has ensured many organisations have been able to get over the line. continue reading…

Vakkom and Beyond

S.Venuji, President, Vakkom Grama Panchayat and Roy Palmer with the letter authorizing the project

S.Venuji, President, Vakkom Grama Panchayat and Roy Palmer with letter authorizing project

Following the approval of the Vakkom Project ‘Empowerment of unemployed local women of Vakkom Panchayath, Kerala State, India through aquaculture intervention’ and with support of Rabo Share4More Foundation; our Kerala partners, Organic Life; the President, S.Venuji, Vakkom Gramapanchayat; the State Government of Kerala through the Hon Minister for Fisheries and Traditional Industries, Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma and, above all, the people of Vakkom Gramapanchayat.

It is important to say that this would not have happened without the introductions and massive efforts by Dr. Dinesh Kaippilly and the time and promotional skills of Dr. Janine Pierce, who also got some members of her family engaged to assist.

Project Background

Vakkom is a small coastal village located at Thiruvananthapuram District, the capital of Kerala. Three sides of the village are surrounded by the backwaters of Anchuthengu which is connected to Arabian Sea through the estuary. The lake is being inundated daily by tidal waters and gets a high rate of water exchange from the sea. The village has a great tradition of Art and culture. Vakkom has a population of around 17640 people among which 7996 are males and 9644 females with an effective literacy rate of 95% for males and 83% for females. The population density in the village is 3150 per continue reading…


Doris Soto

Doris Soto

Aquaculture without Frontiers has great pleasure to announce Dr Doris Soto as our ‘Woman of the Month’ for June 2016.

Doris has worked tirelessly within a male dominated global government organisation not only promoting aquaculture but also endeavouring to create a culture that is more conducive to women’s involvement. Along her journey she has built a solid reputation for developing and increasing capacity and capability enabling the advancement of food security for disadvantaged people.

Graduating from the “Universidad de Chile”, Santiago, in Biology-Limnology in 1979, Doris then moved to University of California, Davis, San Diego State, where she obtained her Ph. D. in Ecology under the Joint Doctoral Program between San Diego State University and University of California-Davis. continue reading…

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

AwF’s woman of the month award for May goes to Dr Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted for the exceptional contribution her work has made in creating food-based systems to overcome micronutrient deficiencies in low-income countries across Asia and Africa. Shakuntala is currently Research Program Leader, Value Chains and Nutrition at WorldFish.

With fishing community in West Bengal, India

With fishing community in West Bengal, India

Shakuntala’s work focuses on the potential of small nutrient-rich fish in combating and preventing vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in particular, vitamin A, iron, zinc and calcium. She has carried out work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, West Bengal and Nepal, together with government institutions, universities and NGOs. In Bangladesh, deficiencies of these nutrients are widespread effecting more than 20 million people, particularly women and young children. Intergenerational malnourishment occurs as pregnant and breast feeding women and their children are unable to access essential micronutrients due to social and economic factors. As a result, children can suffer irreversible damage that persists through life, stunting their growth and preventing normal brain development and cognition. A sustainable source of essential fatty acids and micronutrients, including calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12 can be found in small indigenous fish. The small fish, mola can be farmed alongside other fish species, including carp in ponds and can be harvested frequently, making it ideal for regular household consumption. Produced locally at low cost, they can be cooked and eaten whole in a meal with rice and vegetables. Dried small fish can also be made into chutney with onion, spices and oil and served as an accompaniment to daily meals for pregnant and lactating women, and a flour of dried small fish, orange sweet potato, rice and oil can be boiled with water and served as porridge for infants and young children. continue reading…

Stella Williams

Stella Williams

AwF’s Woman of the Month award for April goes to Professor Stella Williams now retired from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) formerly known as the University of Ife in Nigeria. Stella is a truly outstanding scholar, activist and policy advisor on gender and Fisheries Economics in Nigeria. Women make highly significant but undervalued contributions to the fisheries and aquaculture sector nationally. However, their contributions are only slowly being recognized and still lags behind in rural and peri-urban communities all over Nigeria.

Stella Williams has been an advocate of gender and social equity perspectives in numerous development projects across Nigeria and the African continent. Early in her career, she concentrated her research efforts on value addition along supply chains in the fishing industry but later broadened her research scope to include the study of women in fisheries and aquaculture. In the last thirty-five years, her primary research and developmental work focused on investigating viable frameworks for user participation in fisheries and aquaculture management, fisheries governance through integration of stakeholders’ knowledge and enhancement of livelihoods and economic development of rural artisanal fisher-folks, in particular the women and children that are often left out in fisheries policy in Nigeria. continue reading…

Logos APA16sm2Grand City, Surabaya, Indonesia – 26-29 April 2016

WAS-APC is excited to announce the awards finalised for both the Travel Grants and Student Scholarships for the upcoming APA16.

The awardees are:

Female students (each of whom will receive USD1000 to assist with accommodation and travel and WAS-APC will organize and pay registration for the event):

  • Menaga Meenakshisundaram and Nikoleta Ntalamagka.

Mature age female who works in aquaculture (will receive USD1000 to assist with accommodation and travel and WAS-APC will organize and pay registration for the event):

  • Arlyn Mandas.

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Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) held its first board meeting on the east coast USA during the annual Seafood Expo North America (SENA) event in Boston, Mass on 7 March amongst many thousands of seafood professionals. SENA is recognized as the largest seafood event held in North America and is celebrating its 36th year attracting buyers and sellers from around the world.

The current board acknowledged the fine efforts of John Forster who was not seeking re-election on the board but had agreed to stay engaged with the organization by being one of the leaders of the new Technical Advisory Group. Additionally the board thanked John Cooksey for his extraordinary efforts in being Treasurer/Secretary since inception and who had resigned due to an increased workload and has been replaced by Dave Conley.

AwF have decided to expand the size of their board and are excited to announce that the three new members approved were Albert G.J. Tacon Ph.D; Ms Polly Legendre and Michael D. Lee Ph.D. continue reading…

Leading by example


Trip to Banjarmasin with youngest daughter, December 2015

Trip to Banjarmasin with youngest daughter, December 2015

AwF is delighted to announce the woman of the month for March, Indah Susilowati, who is a Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Business based at Diponegoro University, Semarang Indonesia. Since undertaking her Master and PhD programs in resource economics at the University of Putra in Malaysia, she has published extensively on her major research interests in resource and fisheries economics.

In Indonesia, women participate in many aspects of fisheries activities, especially in post-harvest and trading activities, however, due to a low appreciation of gender equality, they often remain marginalised. How can attitudes towards women in aquaculture and fisheries in Indonesia be changed? Education can be a pathway forward, and, in particular, higher education can be a tool for understanding the issues. Indah Susilowati is one woman leader who through her academic leadership has developed a passion for understanding and highlighting the contributions women make in fisheries and aquaculture, and finding ways to improve their outlook. continue reading…

Establishment AwF UK

Establishment AwF UK

The Charity Commission of the UK has confirmed the registration of Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF UK), as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

AwF (UK) CIO will have a few differences to AwF (USA-Global) and AwF (Australia) in that it will connect with the milling and grain industry as well as its usual connections with the seafood industry.

This new UK charity will see a unique program created, initially called ‘Loaves & Fishes,’ which will enable it to attract donators, sponsors and supporters to engage in either milling and/or aquaculture programs as they are established. continue reading…

AwF is thrilled to announce Dr. Veikila Vuki as the Woman of the Month for February 2016!Veikila Vuki

There are numerous challenges facing women striving to make social changes in the aquaculture and fisheries arena. Firstly, female advocates, experts and researchers are scarce in this domain and are often unique in their institutes; secondly they are nearly always isolated from each other. Keeping up to date with new information and what is going elsewhere can be difficult given the constraints of their heavy everyday workload. In addition, few active networks exist to foster information pathways. One of the few standing information networks is in the central and western Pacific, where women are most actively engaged in fisheries and aquaculture. The conduit for this information exchange is the Secretariat for the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin (WIF), which has been ongoing since 1997. continue reading…

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