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Thursday, March 27, 2008 4:53:01 PM
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Assessment of freshwater fish seed resources for sustainable aquaculture



Four of the most important resources to aquaculture outside human and technological resources are land, water, seed and feed. Efficient use of these resources is necessary to guarantee optimum production from aquaculture.


Pressing issues concerning seed in global aquaculture development has been expressed in a number of regional and international events. These include,

    • Inadequate and unreliable supply of quality seed
    • Genetic quality
    • Inadequate hatchery technology and facilities
    • Distribution mechanisms
    • Impacts of releases of cultured seed stocks

To secure stable seed supply for major freshwater aquaculture species, factors that affect seed availability, seed quality, seed production technologies and support services, breeding technologies, genetic improvements and etc. must be understood if resources are best to be targeted and policy decisions on future investment and management options improved.


A project was undertaken in recognition of these issues. The project was implemented through a desk study and an expert workshop to assess the status of freshwater fish seed resources and supply and its contribution to sustainable aquatic production. The study consisted of:

    • Country level assessment
    • Regional syntheses
    • Thematic reviews

The article is presented in two parts ��C part 1 contains the proceedings and major recommendations of the expert workshop which tackled three major themes; seed quality, genetics, technology and certification; seed networking, distribution, entrepreneurship and certification; how rural fish farmers can benefit from the freshwater aqua seed sector.


Part 2 contains the detailed outcomes of the desk study consisting of three regional syntheses based on 21 country case studies, five thematic reviews and three invited papers.


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Article made possible through the contribution of FAO.

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