Gley Bledsoe, Joseph R Sullivan & Others Seattle AwF 2014

Gleyn Bledsoe, Joseph R Sullivan & others Seattle AwF 2014

Co-Chairs Antonio Garza d’Yta and Roy Palmer welcomed everyone to the session and opened with Gleyn Bledsoe presenting “Aquaculture as a Successful and Sustainable Instrument for Affecting Economic Recovery and Development in a Post War Environment”.

What a harrowing story this was highlighting how women, children and the poor/needy are always the most disadvantaged in these circumstances. Additionally the stories of survival from horrific injuries to re-build a new beginning were quite stirring.

Gleyn ended with some bright hopes for the future in Sri Lanka as you will see in the presentation, and indicated that entrepreneurial individuals would likely succeed in the long run. A similar story unfolded from Joseph R Sullivan in his presentation regarding Liberia, entitled “Bootstrapping Aquaculture from Production to Marketing in Developing Nations”. continue reading…

The Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) session at the Asian Pacific Aquaculture Conference and Trade Show 10-13 December 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City covered many aspects of both the history of the organisation and the current work and future directions of the organisation.

The overall conference, which attracted about 2,500 delegates, emphasized the need for the whole industry to take a more strategic approach to expansion with the theme ‘Positioning for Profit’. In the AwF session we attempted to show how aquaculture plays a role in alleviating poverty and malnutrition (which is a clear profit for society) through AwF aquaculture activities. It is something of which everyone who is connected with AwF should be proud.

The Session was jointly chaired by AwF Founder, Michael New O.B.E, and Roy Palmer. Michael led the presentations with a founder’s take on AwF’s first ten years, followed by Eddie Pantanella talking about the key role of women in integrated aquaculture in Myanmar – a great story which encompassed other farming activities besides aquaculture. continue reading…

By Nicki Holmyard, SeafoodSource contributing editor

ALC-HaitiHunger and poverty are words we often hear, but have little — if any — personal experience with. Yet for a large part of the world, it is part of the daily struggle for life.

One in eight people in the world, (around 850 million) are currently estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger and regularly not getting enough food to conduct an active life. Almost all of them live in developing countries.

African countries are particularly affected, with one in four or 239 million people hungry, and this figure has grown by 20 million in just the past few years. In sub-Saharan Africa, a modest progress had been achieved in the early part of this century through a variety of food programs to alleviate hunger, but since 2007 this situation has reversed, with hunger now rising at a rate of 2 percent annually.  continue reading…

AwF Volunteers update

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We are delighted to announce that Cormac O’Sullivan (Canada) and Ignacio Llorente Garcia (Spain) have agreed to work with AwF to ensure that we have a better system and arrangement with the marvellous volunteers who have engaged with our organization. Cormac has spent a lot of time to get the database up to date and this week we will be sending out a survey to these volunteers, and through our connections on Facebook and LinkedIn, to collect current information for future activities.

The survey for volunteers is available via the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WTLQHZG

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete the survey as quickly as possible so that we can get the records up to date. continue reading…

AwF making plans in Seattle

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Aquaculture without Frontiers is pleased to announce that it will hold an open meeting for all those people interested in sharing ideas for the future activities of the organisation.

Roy Palmer, Chief Executive, said “The meeting will take place between 4 and 6 pm on Sunday 9 February in Room 307 at Washington State Convention Center, Convention Place, Pike Street, Seattle, WA. John Forster, AwF Executive Chair, will be assisting to outline some of the current plans.”

“Additionally, there will be an AwF Session at the Aquaculture America 2014 Conference taking place on Wednesday 12 February from 1.30pm (Room 609) and that will feature Gleyn Bledsoe, Joseph Sullivan, Angela Caporelli, Antonio Garza de Yta, Scott Lindell and me.” continue reading…

Worldfish Center-logoSpeaking at the ‘Aquaculture 2013: To the Next 40 Years of Sustainable Global Aquaculture’ conference in Gran Canaria, Spain, Shakuntala Thislted, Worldfish, the ‘1000 days’ project and discussed how aquaculture can contribute to giving children the best start in life and help raise a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The ‘1000 days’ project promotes good nutrition for mother and child during the first 1000 days of life. The period covers the nine months during pregnancy and the first 0-24 months.

The good health and nutrition of a woman during pregnancy and breastfeeding can be linked to eating nutritious fish. Read more …

Shakuntala Thislted is an AwF Ambassador.

APA13-logoAquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) Executive Director, Roy Palmer said, “It is fantastic that we have so many excellent contributors for the AwF session at the Asian Pacific Aquaculture Conference and Trade Show scheduled from 10-13 December 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City. The conference emphasizes the need for the whole industry to take a more strategic approach to expansion with the theme ‘Positioning for Profit’ and we will attempt to show how aquaculture plays a role in alleviating poverty and malnutrition, which is a clear profit for society, through our aquaculture activities.”

The Session will be jointly chaired by AwF Founder Michael New, OBE and Roy Palmer and commences at 8:30 am on Friday 13 December as part of the World Aquaculture Societies Asian Pacific Chapter’s exciting conference at the Saigon Exhibition and Conference Centre. There are ten presentations in the session that concludes at the lunch break.  continue reading…

aquaculture2013_1000x130Around 400 participants joined last week’s meeting held in Las Palmas to mark the first four decades of the journal Aquaculture which continues to be the mainstream journal of the sector. This period parallels the rise of modern aquaculture and gave an opportunity to reflect on progress and celebrate the future. The conference was marked by the high quality of both oral and poster presentations and was designed around only two parallel oral sessions giving choice but also stimulating cross disciplinary discussion. This indeed was the theme of AwF Director Dave Little’s plenary where he reflected on what the various types of integrated research were and how they have been used in the field – the challenges and the successes. As supporters of research’s increasing demands for evidence of impact, some level of integration becomes inevitable; simple mono-disciplinary work rarely solves complex real world issues.  continue reading…

Intl-Aquafeed-Nov2013Our regular column in International Aquafeed magazine’s Nov-Dec 2013 issue contains an update about our first Aquaculture Learning Center (ALC) in Mexico written by AwF executive director Roy Palmer. To read it click here.

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Aqua-Spark is a global investment fund based in Utrecht, the Netherlands that makes investments in sustainable aquaculture businesses that generate investment returns, while creating positive social and environmental impact. The fund invests everywhere (no regional focus) in small to medium enterprises that are working, toward the production of safe, accessible fish and other marine life in a way that does not harm the health of the planet. For more info visit the new website.