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Proceedings of the Expert Consultation on Genetic Erosion Risk Analysis for Shrimp Diseases in Asia - Publications

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Proceedings of the Expert Consultation on Genetic Erosion Risk Analysis for Shrimp Diseases in Asia, 2013

 

Shrimp aquaculture in tropical regions is facing a disease-induced catastrophe of lost production.  It is estimated that more than 40% of tropical shrimp production is lost to disease annually. The devastating impacts of disease on lost incomes, livelihoods, increased operational costs, trade restrictions and loss of consumer confidence has been a subject of many consultations and policy dialogues.  Discussions of disease crisis have to date been largely focused on identification of pathogens, guidelines and standards for disease detection and surveillance, regulations to limit trans-boundary movement of animals, and adoption of better management practices. 

There is reason to believe that current broodstock management practices may induce genetic erosion that increases susceptibility to disease and vulnerability to epizootics:

 

The basic tenet for this Expert Consultation is that an important aggravating factor in the disease crisis is an agro-economic system that locks shrimp breeders, hatcheries and farmers into behaviour that induces high levels of inbreeding.  If inbreeding does increase the severity and frequency of epidemics, this disease crisis will only get worse over vast areas of Asia, Central and South America, Africa and the Middle East until  it is addressed.


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John Bostock's curator insight, February 9, 6:56 AM

A very important issue for aquaculture health management 

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Sustainability | Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI): The First Global Environmental Assessment of Marine Fish Farming

Sustainability | Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI): The First Global Environmental Assessment of Marine Fish Farming | Aquaculture (Global Aqua Link) | Scoop.it
“Sustainable” is among the most sought after of all seafood product adjectives. Ironically it is also one of the most poorly defined and understood. The Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI) is the first tool to assess environmental performance of global marine aquaculture production, permitting direct comparison of disparate species, production methods and jurisdictions. Clear patterns emerge from this analysis; significant variation of environmental performance is driven by the species being farmed, significant room for improvement exists across the entire sector, the worst performing players are also the fastest growing, particularly within Asia, and perhaps most importantly, this work highlights the potential trap awaiting policy makers who focus too narrowly on farm production efficiency alone as a solution to diminishing seafood availability.

 


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John Bostock's curator insight, September 21, 2013 1:40 PM

There are many potential pitfalls and problems in creating an index of this type, but the approach should generate substantive discussion and promote greater understanding and development for everyone who engages with it: Good discussion starter or basis for an assignment for any aquaculture course

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The Asian Aquaculture Insurance & Risk Management Conference (AAIRMC)

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Hong Kong 13-15th May 2014

Asia is the powerhouse of aquaculture! The industry in the region is growing at a rapid rate and leads the rest of the World in the volume and value of its output, in the number and variety of the species grown, and in the variety of the growing systems it uses.

For too long the insurance industry has focused on the aquaculture in the Americas, Europe, and Australasia to the exclusion of the Asian region where it has failed to recognise the potential for providing its services. This conference will focus on insurance and risk management of aquaculture in Asia and will bring together experts in all the inputs the insurance market needs if it is to expand profitably in the region.

 "AAIRMC", The Asian Aquaculture insurance & Risk Management Conference, is a development of the very successful series of aquaculture insurance and risk management conferences that have been held in Europe over the past 25 years, the 13th of which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, in April 2013.

 

Like the European conferences. AAIRMC will bring together experienced insurers, reinsurers and underwriting agents, loss adjusters, risk management surveyors, brokers, legal specialists, disease experts, producers, bankers and investors, government officials responsible for aquaculture, and other experts who can provide considerable experience of the unique risk and risk management demands of  aquaculture.

 

Hong Kong and the Conference Venue, The Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Kowloon, combine to provide a ideal location for the Conference. Hong Kong is easily reached from all parts of the region, and the Sheraton offers the convenience and flexibility that will enable delegates to mix together, meet others with similar interests, and discuss doing business, all in the kind of discreet and pleasant surroundings that the European conferences have benefited from over many years.

 


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John Bostock's curator insight, February 6, 1:09 PM

This should be a very worthwhile event - Early bird registrations open until 21st February 2014