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ASFA Magazine Issue #5 May 2020 is out

Vie, 15/01/2021 - 05:00

In this issue, we celebrate ASFA's upcoming 50th Anniversary. ASFA was first published as a monthly printed journal of fisheries and aquaculture abstracts in 1971 and in this issue, we look back over ASFA's past, as well as looking at some of the plans in store for ASFA's future, namely OpenASFA, one of the most exciting developments in ASFA's lifetime. We also hear from ASFA Partner Coffi Ferdinando Rock GBEDO on how his institution (Benin Institute for Fishery and Oceanologic Research) has been affected by COVID-19. The ASFA Impact and Strategies Group reports on a survey they undertook to assess the impact of the pandemic on aquatic science libraries worldwide, finding that although libraries have had to deal with staff and budget cuts, many have found innovative ways to help their communities during this time of crisis. Lastly, we hear from long standing ASFA Partner Ian Pettman (Freshwater Biological Association, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) who reflects on the changes to fisheries his home town of Hull has seen over the past 50 years, and also provides an interim project report on his institution's work to cover more Grey Literature for ASFA.

PDF: http://www.fao.org/3/cb2829en/CB2829EN.pdf

Information: T. Vicary

Test news Seminar on Aquaculture Biosecurity: Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Aquaculture

Lun, 04/01/2021 - 05:00

FAO and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) are organizing a two-day webinar to raise awareness, share experience and knowledge on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in aquaculture for better understanding including challenges and priority issues.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) refers to microorganisms ¿ bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites ¿ that have acquired resistance to antimicrobial agents, e.g. antibiotics. While this phenomenon can occur naturally through microbial adaptation to the environment, it has been exacerbated by inappropriate and excessive use of antimicrobial agents.

The attention to AMR has increased during the last 10 years. AMR is considered a global health threat and is predicted to hinder achievement of the United Nation¿s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and World Health Organization (WHO) formed a collaborative tripartite to target this issue and has since adopted a Global Action Plan on AMR to assist the three organizations in achieving their strategic plans at international, regional and national levels.

The FAO¿s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) Technical Guidelines on the Prudent and Responsible Use of Veterinary Medicines in Aquaculture (No. 5 Suppl. 8) provide recommendations and general guidance on the use of veterinary medicines in aquaculture to responsible government agencies, private-sector aquaculture producers and aquatic animal health professionals. They emphasize the need for Member Countries to encourage the prudent and responsible use of veterinary medicines in farmed aquatic populations. They emphasize, among the guiding principles, that responsible use of veterinary medicines in aquaculture requires collaboration among all stakeholders and a strong commitment to governance, awareness, best practices, surveillance and research, including monitoring of AMR, tracking of antimicrobial usage (AMU), assessing risk in different settings and evaluating  strategies to reduce AMR and maintain efficacy of antimicrobial agents. These guidelines  support the international aquatic animal health standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the food safety standards of the FAO/World Health Organization (WHO) Codex Alimentarius and the One Health platform under the FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite Collaboration on AMR.

There are three basic questions pertaining to AMR in aquaculture:  

  • What are the sources of AMR in aquaculture?
  • What are the drivers of AMR development in aquaculture?
  • How can AMR development in aquaculture be reduced or prevented?

The two-day webinar will provide some clarification on the above questions and increase our understanding of AMR issues in aquaculture through the sharing of expert knowledge and country level experience.

Further information can be obtained by writing to:

Melba.Reantaso@fao.org;
Bin.Hao@fao.org


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Test news due Seminar on Aquaculture Biosecurity: Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Aquaculture

Lun, 04/01/2021 - 05:00

FAO and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) are organizing a two-day webinar to raise awareness, share experience and knowledge on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in aquaculture for better understanding including challenges and priority issues.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) refers to microorganisms ÿ¿ bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites ÿ¿ that have acquired resistance to antimicrobial agents, e.g. antibiotics. While this phenomenon can occur naturally through microbial adaptation to the environment, it has been exacerbated by inappropriate and excessive use of antimicrobial agents.

The attention to AMR has increased during the last 10 years. AMR is considered a global health threat and is predicted to hinder achievement of the United Nationÿ¿s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and World Health Organization (WHO) formed a collaborative tripartite to target this issue and has since adopted a Global Action Plan on AMR to assist the three organizations in achieving their strategic plans at international, regional and national levels.

The FAOÿ¿s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) Technical Guidelines on the Prudent and Responsible Use of Veterinary Medicines in Aquaculture (No. 5 Suppl. 8) provide recommendations and general guidance on the use of veterinary medicines in aquaculture to responsible government agencies, private-sector aquaculture producers and aquatic animal health professionals. They emphasize the need for Member Countries to encourage the prudent and responsible use of veterinary medicines in farmed aquatic populations. They emphasize, among the guiding principles, that responsible use of veterinary medicines in aquaculture requires collaboration among all stakeholders and a strong commitment to governance, awareness, best practices, surveillance and research, including monitoring of AMR, tracking of antimicrobial usage (AMU), assessing risk in different settings and evaluating  strategies to reduce AMR and maintain efficacy of antimicrobial agents. These guidelines  support the international aquatic animal health standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the food safety standards of the FAO/World Health Organization (WHO) Codex Alimentarius and the One Health platform under the FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite Collaboration on AMR.

There are three basic questions pertaining to AMR in aquaculture:  

  • What are the sources of AMR in aquaculture?
  • What are the drivers of AMR development in aquaculture?
  • How can AMR development in aquaculture be reduced or prevented?

The two-day webinar will provide some clarification on the above questions and increase our understanding of AMR issues in aquaculture through the sharing of expert knowledge and country level experience.

Further information can be obtained by writing to:

Melba.Reantaso@fao.org;
Bin.Hao@fao.org


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FAO Aquaculture Newsletter (FAN) 62 is out

Mié, 16/12/2020 - 05:00

The sixty-second issue of the FAO Aquaculture Newsletter (FAN) is now available online. This issue highlights FAO’s work on aquaculture around the world, particularly FAO's activities in response to COVID-19, including gender dimensions of COVID-19 and its impact on women in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Updates from around the world, including new developments in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, support to a recirculating aquaculture project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, establishment of demonstration sites in Morocco for marine cage farming, and creation of employment opportunities through sustainable aquaculture development activities targeted at youth in Côte d’Ivoire are also summarized.

The impacts of COVID-19 serve as a stark reminder of the need for aquaculture to be resilient to all types of shocks and to be prepared to manage future disasters, and two articles from the Latin America and Caribbean region outline FAO’s work in rebuilding a prawn hatchery in Dominica and supporting diversification and adaptation in Chile to the impacts of climate change. Relatedly, a thematic article focuses on adaptation of the seaweed sector in Zanzibar. The importance of communication of the positive aspects of aquaculture is examined in an article from the European region, underscoring the importance of social license and acceptability for the sustainable development of aquaculture. And while many of us are aware of the importance of fish to healthy diets, we also look at a success story of using fish in school feeding programmes, and how improved nutrition can have direct positive impacts on children’s education and quality of life. We take this opportunity to update readers on the continuing work towards the Guidelines for Sustainable Aquaculture and the Global Information System on Farmed Types of Aquatic Genetic Resources. This issue also informs the readers on what FAO is planning for the future, providing updates on the Global Conference on Aquaculture, as well as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture.

PDF: http://www.fao.org/3/cb1550en/cb1550en.pdf

Information: A. Stankus

The Smart Fish Co-Management (SFC) project launch coincides with the Virtual Myanmar Project Area Identification Meeting

Mar, 24/11/2020 - 05:00

The Smart Fish Co-Management (SFC) project launch coincides with the Virtual Myanmar Project Area Identification Meeting

On 24 and 25 November 2020 the Smart Fish Co-Management (SFC) will run a virtual meeting to bring together stakeholders representing various interests around fisheries co-management in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to review the objective, outputs, and activities of the project.

On this occasion, the project will kick-off its five years' work plan and all planned activities as part of the Korea FAO Sustainable and Innovative Fisheries and Aquaculture Programme (KOFAP), a joint collaboration agreement among the Government of the Republic of Korea and the FAO Fisheries Division.

The project aims at improving the capacity of governments and fishing communities in fisheries co-management, as a solution to face all the emerging challenges that threaten the sustainable use of fishery resources and might affect fish stocks sustainability, resources exploitation, as well as social aspects, economies, livelihoods, food security, and nutrition levels.

Conceived to support the co-management capacity, evaluation and building, the SFC also intends to develop sustainable coastal livelihoods in fishing communities in selected countries, the first of which is the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Through open dialogue and collaborative consultation, the project will look at enhancing the livelihoods of fishing communities, to enable socio-economic uplift of the fisherfolks and their communities.

The core of the dialogue with all Myanmar stakeholders will be to develop the best cooperation and coordination mechanism at state, region, district, township, ward, and village levels. Part of the discussion will also be site selection criteria, to put into the field the fisheries co-management evaluation approach.

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