Aquaculture & Forests

In a recent study published in Nature Communications it has been suggested that deforestation is reducing the amount of leaf litter falling into rivers and lakes, resulting in less food being available to fish.

Lead author Andrew Tanentzap from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences said “We found fish that had almost 70% of their biomass made from carbon that came from trees and leaves instead of aquatic food chain sources.  While plankton raised on algal carbon is more nutritious, organic carbon from trees washed into lakes is a hugely important food source for freshwater fish, bolstering their diet to ensure good size and strength.”

Dr Tanentzap observed: “Where you have more dissolved forest matter you have more bacteria, more bacteria equals more zooplankton.  Areas with the most zooplankton had the largest, fattest fish.” continue reading…

Aquaculture without Frontiers is pleased to announce its program for World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 (WAA14) which will be taking place at the new Adelaide Convention Centre between 7 & 11 June 2014.

A Silent Auction will be held during the period of the WAA14 Trade Show and that will be our main focus for promotion and fund raising during the event. AwF volunteers will be encouraging people and companies to bid on a range of products, services and vouchers which will be detailed just prior to the event.

Arid Land Aquaculture-Coahuila

Arid Land Aquaculture-Coahuila

The session, Development, Welfare and Poverty Alleviation (AwF), has been sponsored by World Aquaculture Society (WAS) Premier Sponsor, Tyson Foods Inc., one of the world’s largest food suppliers as well as a leader in hunger and disaster relief. It will be held on Wednesday 11 June from 11.10am in Room 6 and will conclude with a meeting session before the ‘Goodbye Adelaide’ event at 5.30pm. continue reading…

Our regular column in International Aquafeed magazine’s May-June 2014 issue explains what AwF is doing about updating to meet the new challenges of our world, including making a few changes to our website. We would welcome any comments or suggestions to value-add to what we have done. Updating to meet the challenges of the new world

Who will help AwF establish the next ALC?

Who will help AwF establish the next ALC?

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Hunger and poverty are words we often hear, but for most of us, we have little — if any — personal experience of either here in Australia. Yet for a large proportion of the world, it is part of the daily struggle for life, and an estimated 1 billion people still go to bed hungry each day[1].

So that there can be greater understanding of the very direct connections between hunger, poverty and nutrition, and the role aquaculture can play in alleviating these issues, two specific sessions are being held at the World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 Conference, which will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Adelaide, South Australia, from 7 to 11 June 2014.

Journalist, author and keynote speaker at the conference, Martin Bowerman, will lead a strong group of local and international speakers at the event, which is expected to attract around 3000 delegates from across the globe.  Mr Bowerman is the author of the recently published ‘Lean Forever’ book, which gives a very personal account of his success in staying lean and healthy, added to his wealth of knowledge on seafood and health issues. continue reading…

Thanks to WAS (especially Editor-in-Chief John Hargreaves) we re-publish this article from World Aquaculture magazine Vol 45, Nr 1 March 2014.

The article was written by our Patron and Founder, Michael New OBE, and gives a wonderful description of the first ten years of our Charity. Everyone who has been involved has been mentioned and all should be very proud of what was achieved. A hard act to follow and congratulations to one and all.

Excellent presentation given at North Atlantic Seafood Forum in Bergen by Gro-Ingunn Hemre (FSN Presentation), National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) based on the United Nations Committee on World Food Security and their High Level Panel of Experts.

The full report, ‘The Role of Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture for Food Security and Nutrition’ will be released in Spain during April 2014.

One of the bold statements made is that ’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.’ continue reading…

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

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:

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…

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