US Aid Grant Announced

The University of Arizona has been awarded a $1,729,000 grant from USAID to serve as the implementing partner for “Developing a Sustainable Seafood Industry Infrastructure in Burma (Myanmar)”. The project, starting in October 2014 and running for three years, is a partnership between University of Arizona and Yangon and Pathein Universities in Myanmar and the Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF). The MFF represents most of the private sector fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing enterprises in Burma, which is one of the top ten seafood producers and consumers in the world with extensive marine fisheries and aquaculture industries. The Burmese people consume, per capita, 4 times the amount of seafood as Americans. International partners on the project will include DuPont, RippleFish, Tiran Group, Handy Seafood, Auburn University, Asian Institute of Technology, Relief International, and Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF). continue reading…

HVTTC Cert II Aqua students, Alister Smythe, Steve Harrison (Trainer), Emm Kelly, Jamie Bennett

HVTTC Cert II Aqua students, Alister Smythe, Steve Harrison (Trainer), Emm Kelly, Jamie Bennett

The evening of the 22 October will go down in Aquaculture without Frontier’s (AwF) history as the starting point of its Australian organisation thanks heavily to the students and staff at the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre (HVTTC), especially Steve Harrison.

A full complement of fifty people attended the event and were treated to a fabulous range of Tasmanian seafood and beverages all donated generously by an array of companies – the who’s who of Tasmanian food and drink. We thank them all most sincerely.

Andrew Cowmeadow HVTTC Cert III Commercial Cookery student preparing Abtas abalone

Andrew Cowmeadow HVTTC Cert III Commercial Cookery student preparing Abtas abalone


From the outset this was going to be all about the students and they left no stone unturned in their efforts to ensure that the catering was top notch (under the watchful eye of first class local chefs) and that the main event of making people aware of AwF and its activities ran like clockwork.




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Michael New, OBE, (right) was surprised and delighted to receive the Honorary Life Membership of the European Aquaculture Society from incoming EAS President Sachi Kaushik

Michael New, OBE, (right) was surprised and delighted to receive the Honorary Life Membership of the European Aquaculture Society from incoming EAS President Sachi Kaushik

At the opening session of its Aquaculture Europe 2014 event in Donostia-San Sebastián in Spain on October 14th, the European Aquaculture Society (EAS[1]) gave its Honorary Life Membership Award to Michael New, for his long-term contribution to the development of aquaculture and the activities of the Society. AE2014 was attended by almost 1500 participants from 71 countries, making it the biggest Aquaculture Europe event to date.

Honorary Life Membership is the highest EAS award and is given to those persons that have had a marked impact on the development of European aquaculture.  Since 1981, EAS has bestowed this award on only 10 persons, including such names as Eric Edwards, Bernard Chevassus-au-Louis, Peter Hjul, Colin Nash and more recently, Courtney Hough, Pascal Divanach and Patrick Sorgeloos.

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Aquaculture without Frontiers is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Liew as Secretariat for the Volunteers Network.

Roy Palmer, President and Executive Director, AwF, said “We are absolutely delighted that Paul has offered his considerable skills to service our Volunteer Network. AwF has entered a new era and it is important, if we are to achieve the aims set out in our Strategic Plan, that we broaden our connections and horizons. We have a compelling story and a massive job ahead of us in achieving our goals so we must expand our base and create opportunities for people to engage. The work of our volunteers is paramount to the organisation so it is essential that we have good admin support.” continue reading…

We bring to your attention these recent reports relating to various women’s issues:

AwF made a presentation at the Women in Aquaculture session at World Aquaculture Adelaide in June specifically highlighting how important women were in projects that we have done to date and how little recognition they have received overall. The ‘Involvement of Rural Women’ article gives some practical tips for dissemination of technology for rural women and the ‘Undercurrent News’ report highlights a major problem regarding women in higher positions in the industry.

We are making progress with our Women’s Network and these reports simply highlight why such a network is necessary.

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

Food security and nutrition is everyone’s business. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 and the multi-stakeholder platform enables all viewpoints to be considered when deciding on concrete actions to address issues affecting food security and nutrition such as the economic crisis and the rising demand for food. The CFS reports annually to Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

In 2009 the CFS established the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) as an essential part of the CFS reform to provide independent, scientific knowledge-based analysis and advice. HLPE reports are requested by CFS and their findings and recommendations serve as a basis for CFS policy discussions. continue reading…

Chikondano Faith Chisala, reports that the “Sustainable Fish Farming Project”, proposed to provide 500 families in the Baseri village of Nepal with funding to start fish farms, recently won a grant of USD 7,500 from the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge.

The challenge was a competition among aspiring entrepreneurs who attended the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting at the US-based Arizona State University, Phoenix. Approximately 1,000 students from 300 colleges, universities and national youth organizations from 80 countries made 695 commitments to address global challenges at the 2014 CGI U meeting. continue reading…

Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) is excited to announce the start of its Global Schools & Students Network in Australia and specifically wants to thank Steve Harrison, the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre (HVTTC) and all of the students.

The students have started a project to raise the awareness of AwF and its work and this will culminate in a fund-raising dinner to be held at the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre on 22 October 2014 in Huonville, very much at the heart of Tasmanian aquaculture. The theme chosen by the students is “Eat Fish for one night; help feed the world fish for the future.”

Tasmanian aquaculture training

Tasmanian aquaculture training

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The first ever international instrument dedicated entirely to an immensely important sector finally recognises the massive role of small-scale fisheries.

The Guidelines can be seen here

Nicole Franz is Fishery Policy Analyst at FAO and she wrote a blog for Global Partnership for Oceans (see full detail at

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Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) Executive Committee met last weekend and is pleased with progress being made and has agreed on an action agenda for the rest of the year.

Utilising its affiliation status with the World Aquaculture Society the organisation has held sessions and meetings in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Dec 2013); Seattle, USA (Feb 2014) and Adelaide, Australia (June 2014) and has plans for Guadalajara, Mexico (Nov 2014), New Orleans (Feb 2015) and Jeju, Korea (May 2015).

Executive Director, Roy Palmer, said “The organisation has gone through many changes in recent times but has remained solid and with the strategies now agreed and a touch of good fortune we will see a far stronger and sustainable AwF into the future. We have a very pro-active strategy and with the tremendous support we get from our great volunteers we are very confident that we will be able engage in many projects from here  into the foreseeable future.” continue reading…

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