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Fish Innovation Lab Mourns the Loss of Professor Dr. Mostafa Ali Reza Hossain, Bangladesh Agricultural University

The Fish Innovation Lab is saddened to announce that Dr. Mostafa Ali Reza Hossain, who was the Bangladesh co-principal investigator of the Advancing Aquaculture Systems Productivity Through Carp Genetic Improvement activity, passed away from a heart attack on January 29, 2023.

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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic in Crab Farming for Women in Bangladesh

The crab sector has provided a variety of economic possibilities for the coastal poor and marginalized women who were working as non-waged laborers. Women are involved in crab farming in a variety of ways, but the Covid-19 pandemic negatively impacted the market for all crab farmers. Read how crab farming in Bangladesh could further serve as a hedge for women against poverty and provide them with access to the market, food, health services, and education as the market improves in the wake of the pandemic.

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Meet the Marketing and Communications Manager: Laura Zseleczky

Meet Laura Zseleczky, the Fish Innovation Lab's Marketing and Communications Manager. "Sustainable approaches to aquaculture and fisheries development are just a piece of the puzzle, but they offer tremendous potential to address food and nutrition security challenges at local, regional, and global levels."

Image Alternative Text: Here, fishers are doing a biomass stock assessment training at Wasini Island, Kenya, by diving underwater to assess the fishery. (Photo by Remy Oddenyo, WCS)

Increasing Knowledge of Fisheries Status Through Community Stock Assessment Training

In Kenya, one activity is especially focused on maintaining a sustainable fishery. One way the Achieving Fisheries Sustainability in a Climate Sanctuary activity is accomplishing this is through stock assessment training to estimate fish stock biomass to more clearly see the differences in fish biodiversity and biomass in different fisheries management zones.

Image Alternative Text: Betty Muleya speaking during the nutrition training in Siavonga

A Community Health Worker Becomes a Fishfirst! Zambia Champion and Local Catalyst for Change

Betty Muleya, a community health worker in Sinazongwe District of Zambia, took an active role in the FishFirst! Zambia activities and has been a local advocate, spreading the word about the benefits of fish consumption for mothers and children and ways to incorporate this healthy food into one's diet.

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Genetically Improved Aquaculture Species in Bangladesh: Advances and Challenges

This chapter from Frontiers in Aquaculture Biotechnology reviews the genetically improved fish in Bangladesh, highlights the advances and challenges, and touches on their impact on aquaculture production in the country. Click the link above to read the introduction and find a link to the full publication.

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On-Farm Performance of Genetically-Improved Rohu (Labeo Rohita) in Bangladesh

The "Advancing Aquaculture Systems Productivity Through Carp Genetic Improvement" activity has a new publication in Frontiers in Aquaculture. Read further to find out more about the activity's results from the on-farm trials of G3 rohu.

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Nutrient Capture and Sustainable Yield Maximized by a Gear Modification in Artisanal Fishing Traps

Through the Samaki Salama and the Achieving Fisheries Sustainability in a Climate Sanctuary activities, a new publication is available, which highlights their joint research on coral reef artisanal fisheries and using modified fishing traps.

Image Alternative Text: Taabia’s photo was taken while helping with the analysis of the oyster samples.

Oysters’ Potential as a Rich Source of Micronutrients in Ghana May be Threatened by Heavy Metal Contamination

The Fish Innovation Lab's "Micronutrient Impact of Oysters in the Diet of Women Shellfishers" activity has discovered that there are high levels of mercury evident in the oysters as well as contamination with arsenic, cadmium, and lead. “I hope the results from these analyses will help in the advocacy to reduce heavy metal contamination (especially mercury) in the country’s estuary waters,” said Francis Zinenuba Taabia.

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Role of Fish and Other Aquatic Animal-Source Food in Enhancing Nutrition and Food Security in Africa

In this video, four Fish Innovation Lab-supported activities are featured during this exciting and informative session, which focuses on nutrition and food security in vulnerable small-scale fishing communities in sub-Saharan Africa.