AquaFish partners with institutions worldwide to develop and transfer innovative technologies and management practices in aquaculture and fisheries. AquaFish accomplishes this by leading and supporting research projects in developing countries that:
- Address human health and nutrition needs especially of women and children.
- Consider natural resource management, climate change, and biodiversity issues with targeted programs that protect native fisheries and the integrity of local and regional water systems.
- Advance market development by linking small producers to markets and training rural stakeholders in food safety and food quality standards.
AquaFish funds researchers at US universities, who in turn partner with Host Country researchers, to lead research projects. The five currently funded projects include:
- Asia Project: Bangladesh (led by North Carolina State University)
- Asia Project: Cambodia & Vietnam (led by University of Connecticut)
- Asia Project: Nepal (led by University of Michigan)
- Africa Project: Ghana & Tanzania (led by Purdue University)
- Africa Project: Kenya & Uganda (led by Auburn University)
Previous work under the current award included two Latin American & Caribbean Projects in Guyana & Mexico (led by University of Arizona) and in Mexico & Nicaragua (led by University of Hawaii). Both lead institutions continue to collaborate on current projects. AquaFish leads Associate Award projects in addition to core research conducted under the lead award from USAID.
Current AquaFish projects operate in eight countries in Africa and Asia:
AquaFish funded projects carry out research related to one of four global themes related to social, environmental, and economic dynamics of aquaculture production. The themes provide the organizing framework for taking a systems approach to responsible advancement of aquaculture.
A. Improved Human Health and Nutrition, Food Quality, and Food Safety
B. Income Generation for Small-Scale Fish Farmers and Fishers
C. Environmental Management for Sustainable Aquatic Resources Use
D. Enhanced Trade Opportunities for Global Fishery Markets
AquaFish core projects carry out the objectives of a global theme through 6-8 “investigations” designed around a topic area. Topic areas characterize research and are coordinated to address cross cutting issues. The ten AquaFish Topic Areas cover a broad range of interrelated issues and encourage an integrated project design.
Production System Design and Best Management Alternatives (BMA)