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Funding Opportunity: Fish Innovation Lab Request for Applications

The Fish Innovation Lab is pleased to release a Request for Applications for research activities to promote food security through nutrient-rich aquatic foods. Concept notes are due May 15, 2024.

Image Alternative Text: This graphic shows how overfishing is detrimental to food security and how ending overfishing is the best way to secure increased nutrient production from small-scale fisheries.

Tropical Fishery Nutrient Production Depends on Biomass-based Management

The Achieving Coral Reef Fishery Sustainability activity in Kenya has a new journal article in iScience. Overfishing drives lost nutrient production in the Western Indian Ocean artisanal fisheries, so tropical fishery management should focus on restoring biomass to achieve maximum yields and sustainability, particularly for herbivorous fishes. Read the full summary for more information.

Image Alternative Text: A map with locations of sites surveyed using the Fish Epidemiology and Health Economics tool (version 1.13) in Ogun and Delta States, Nigeria.

Understanding Aquaculture Biosecurity to Improve Catfish Disease Management in Ogun and Delta States, Nigeria

The Improving Biosecurity activity has a journal article in Aquaculture. Read the abstract here to learn more about the existing biosecurity management practices and risk factors in Nigeria that could potentially lead to mortality in catfish production systems.

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Lawrence Named MSU’s 2024 SEC Faculty Achievement Award Winner

Fish Innovation Lab Director Mark Lawrence receives prestigious SEC Faculty Achievement Award for outstanding teaching accomplishments and nationally and internationally recognized scholarship.

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Challenges to Managing Fisheries with High Inter-Community Variability on the Kenya-Tanzania Border

The Achieving Coral Reef Fishery Sustainability activity in Kenya has a new journal article in Current Research in Environmental Sustainability. The research team's objective was to better understand and suggest management that accounts for the challenges of managing shared common-pool resources among fishing villages along the Kenya-Tanzania national boundary.

Image Alternative Text: Tanks at Ikwo Local Government Area in Ebonyi State. Photo by Bolarin Omonona.

No Longer Bugged by Feed Costs Team's Executive Summary

The No Longer Bugged by Feed Costs team relied on primary data collected from farmers in Nigeria, using a structured questionnaire to gather information about the farmers and their production practices as well as analyze costs of production, including feed costs, to assess whether and how insect farming could be integrated into the value chain. Read this executive summary to learn more.

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Achieving Coral Reef Fishery Sustainability Team's Executive Summary

The Achieving Coral Reef Fishery Sustainability research team aimed to address challenges of suboptimal seafood production in a climate refugia in Kenya. Read the team's recommendations on how the community and fisheries management programs can be scaled for further uptake in this executive summary.

Image Alternative Text: Harvesting Fish Innovation Lab carp brooders. Photo by M. Gulam Hussain

Cryogenic Sperm Banking Team's Executive Summary

Cryogenic sperm banking can be used to assist the government and private hatcheries to develop brood banks by protecting and providing quality germplasm of Indian major carps and exotic carps. Read the research team's executive summary to learn more and find their recommendations based off their findings.

Image Alternative Text: Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN) program manager, Sophath TEK (right), and the provincial agriculture coordinator, Simean SOK (left), worked together with student interns to assemble a small demonstration of a Fish Before Irrigation at the Agricultural Technology Park at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh. Photo Credit: Karen Veverica.

Fish Before Irrigation: Maximizing Water Use for Fish and Crop Production

As water resources get tighter and irrigation solutions are seen as “modern, high technology” agriculture, aquaculturists are considering a first use of the water for aquaculture before irrigation. This post was written for Agrilinks by Karen Veverica, External Advisory Board member for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish and retired director of the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center at Auburn University.

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FishFirst! Zambia Team's Executive Summary

FishFirst! Zambia’s goal was to determine feasibility of harnessing the power of nutrient-dense pelagic small fish to help fill protein and micronutrient gaps among food-insecure infants, young children, and families. Read how the team conducted fish-focused nutrition trainings, cooking demonstrations, and sensory panels to evaluate ComFA+Fish dishes for further scaling.