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To meet the increasing global demand for fish and address over-exploitation of natural resources, sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture is the dire need of the hour. Although two thirds of global fish production comes from the Asia-Pacific region, authentic information on most of the commercially important species is difficult to find and at the best is piecemeal and confusing. AsiaPacific-FishWatch is undertaking the daunting task of finding and collating information on Asia-Pacific species of commercially important fish (including crustaceans, molluscs, echinoderms and plants), their fisheries and aquaculture through the value chain. This information, gleaned and extracted from many publications and personal contributions of experts will be a boon to scientists, development workers, planners and administrators. Information on four oceanic and one coastal tuna species has been published and further work is in progress.

I congratulate the Asian Fisheries Society and contributing scientists. It is my firm hope that more scientists will join to contribute their knowledge for the sustainable management of the fisheries and aquaculture.

- Dr Modadugu V. Gupta, Sunhak Peace Prize Laurate (2015), World Food Prize (2005)
and former Assistant Director General WorldFish Center. 

MVG

12 Jun
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Hunting & gathering fisheries, aquaculture information

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AsiaPacific-FishWatch is rising to the challenge of finding information on Asia-Pacific fish species, their fisheries and aquaculture and the people who bring them through the supply chain to our bowls and plates. Much of it is not written down, and even some that is can be difficult to find. Therefore, with great joy, I came across the e-print collection of one of the larger fisheries research institute in the region – the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Here is the e-prints address: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in. Loaded with scans of publications going back to 1948, and up to the present, you can search the more than 8,000 papers by year, author, subject, document type or division.  The collection is also indexed in many of the main academic services, including Scientific Commons, Scirus and Google.

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