Dr T.V. Anna Mercy

Dr T.V. Anna Mercy

Dr T.V. Anna Mercy, Professor, KUFOS, Panangad, Kerala, India

Problems with communications over the festive season meant that we had to delay our processes for our monthly award and had to miss January….

February sees unanimous approval for Dr Anna Mercy, a professor at College of Fisheries, Panangad since 1984 and there can be no doubting that Dr Mercy has made a longstanding and significant contribution in aquaculture with over 30 years engagement in research and teaching.

Anna has spent invaluable time studying the indigenous ornamental fishes of the Western Ghats of India, originally starting her research with the blind catfish, Horaglanis krishnai (Menon) but over the years Anna is accepted as the ‘God Mother’ of Miss Kerala (Puntius denisonii), considered the most beautiful ornamental fish of the Western Ghats of India. Dr Mercy, with her team, showed how Miss Kerala could be successfully bred under captive conditions. continue reading…

New Board Member announced

Gorjan Nikolik at AwF AA15

Gorjan Nikolik at AwF AA15

Aquaculture without Frontiers Executive Director, Roy Palmer, announcing the new appointment said “We are very pleased that Mr. Gorjan Nikolik, Senior Aquaculture Analyst with Rabobank has agreed to join our Board of Directors. His involvement will add enormous value to our aquaculture knowledge and experience.  Understanding all of the intricacies of finance and investment is an essential area and we foresee excellent opportunities to assist the various groups we are working with in our aims to alleviate poverty and hunger through capability and capacity activities in sustainable aquaculture.”

Mr. Nikolik attended the AwF General Meeting and spoke in the AwF Session on Development, Welfare & Poverty Alleviation at Aquaculture America (AA15) in New Orleans. During these presentations he explained about Rabobank and the various organisations that they have and the roles that they play. Rabobank are the largest Agriculture Bank in the world and are in the top three banks which invest in aquaculture. continue reading…

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Deakin University PrintDeakin University will partner with aid organisation Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) to improve outcomes in disadvantaged communities using sustainable aquaculture farming.

The new partnership between Deakin aquaculture and marine sciences experts and AwF will include research programs designed to improve the nutrition and health within communities and to foster social and economic development.

“We are excited to partner with Aquaculture without Frontiers, which supports responsible and sustainable aquaculture to alleviate poverty and malnutrition and to enhance food security for disadvantaged people,” Deakin Associate Head of School of Life and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor Giovanni Turchini said. continue reading…

Following Mardi Gras

Aquaculture without Frontiers is hitting the road next month and will be centering its activities on New Orleans and the American Aquaculture event which follows the famous Mardi Gras.

“I doubt if we will be parading in all the fancy costumes as we have some serious activities like the AwF Board Meeting, a General Meeting for AwF and an important session at the Conference but NOLA is full of history and is the home of special music and well known for its seafood and hospitality and is very close to our base in Baton Rouge”, said Executive Director, Roy Palmer.

The Session developed by AwF “Development, Welfare and Poverty Alleviation” will see speakers from Kenya, Ghana, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mexico, Netherlands and Australia covering a range of activities within the subject area. continue reading…

Aquaculture, the farming of aquatic organisms, including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants, is rapidly becoming one of the biggest contributors to sustainable food production for the world.

In many developing countries, aquaculture at subsistence level is already an important source of both income and nutrition for millions of families and, when aggregated, is a key contributor to the economic growth of many nations.

Modern aquaculture can be undertaken with minimal impacts to sensitive coastal environments and can contribute to the welfare of our ocean resources, rather than depleting them, by providing a sustainable alternative to harvesting wild fish and other aquatic creatures. Additionally aquaculture is the major means to fish stock enhancement globally. continue reading…

Kuching MoU

Signing of MoU - Abraham Melai, Khairuddin, Adenan, Jackman, Palmer, Lionel Ho Aquaculture without Frontiers is very excited to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which took place on 10 December in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia and gives some indication of the importance of our organisation into the future.

The signing of the MoU with partners STEM States Incorporated and the Association of International Seafood Professionals (AISP) was signed in the offices of Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, Minister of Social Development Sarawak (KPS) which indicates the importance of the proposed activities relating to the future of social development and education in Malaysia, with a particular emphasis on SCORE and aligning Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Aquaculture to Malaysia’s future human resource needs. continue reading…

Jenny Cobcroft learning to feed snakehead

Jenny Cobcroft learning to feed snakehead

Following a unanimous decision by the AwF Women’s Network Committee we are very pleased to announce that our inaugural ‘Woman of the Month’ for December 2014 is Dr. Jennifer Cobcroft BSc PhD, Research Fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.

Jenny surpasses all of the criteria relating to AwF processes of recognition of outstanding achievements which advance our goals and values so we have much pleasure in promoting Jenny as an outstanding individual and role model for aquaculture/seafood women for the time and dedication she has given for members of the community.

Jenny has also recently been recognised by her peers in the aquaculture sphere by being voted onto the World Aquaculture Society – Asian Pacific Chapter Board. continue reading…

Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) relies heavily on people who are prepared to devote time and effort to the cause – without this most generous gift we could never have achieved anything like what we have over the years. We salute all volunteers but we are especially keen to support our own people on this special day, International Volunteers Day (IVD).

On this day our major announcement is that we have been accepted as members of Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) which is an umbrella organisation consisting of economic development organizations that integrate highly skilled volunteers into programs mainly funded through the USAID program. VEGA is involved in many and varied projects that involve one or more of the member organizations and as we engage we believe this will create many opportunities. We aim to collaborate with all of the members and to be their ‘aquaculture’ experts.

The following actions have been undertaken, or are planned, as a result of the energetic suggestions from our volunteers re IVD. We:  continue reading…

GAF5 Lucknow Nov 2014

GAF5 Lucknow Nov 2014

Our Women’s Network was unofficially launched when 5 members from the AwF Women’s Network presented at the 5th Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF5) symposium in Lucknow, India as part of the 10th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (10IFAF) of the Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch.

Of those 5 members one is AwF (Australia) Ltd Board member, Meryl Williams and the balance represent fifty per cent of the Women’s Network Committee namely Arlene Nietes Satapornvanit, Chloe English, Marie Christine Monfort and Bibha Kumari, who was awarded Prize winner Best Paper, Highly commended (Congratulations Bibha!). Meryl (special guest and coordinator of GAF) gave a plenary talk and ran a workshop, Gender Aquaculture and Fisheries Writing Workshop. continue reading…

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