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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.

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.

Image Alternative Text: A fisherman holding a large basket trap. Photo by Inês Gomez.

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.

Image Alternative Text: Sensory Panel II participants at Lake Kariba, mother and child

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.

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Foodborne Pathogens Team's Executive Summary

This Fish Innovation Lab activity estimated the prevalence of foodborne pathogens and revealed that fish from retail markets had high levels of contamination with foodborne pathogens. The research team believes that an intervention at the cut-up tables in retail markets would reduce pathogen loads in ready-to-deliver fish to consumers. See their recommendations based on the findings in this executive summary.

Image Alternative Text: The photograph shows vegetable and fish production using the sorjan method by youth Mynul Islam in the Patuakhali district of Bangladesh. Photo Credit: Mohammad Lokman Ali.

From Waste to Wealth: Using Aquaculture Effluent to Boost Agricultural Production in Bangladesh

Using aquaculture waste for agricultural production can reduce the use and cost of water, competition for water, chemical fertilizers as well as the environmental impact of releasing nutrient-rich agricultural water into fresh and saltwater bodies. Read this Agrilinks article written by Md. Gulam Hussain, Mohammad Lokman Ali, and Mark Lawrence.

Image Alternative Text: A Cambodian market. Photo Credit: Sandra Correa.

Well-Managed Aquaculture Ponds Can Help Save Wild Fish in Rural Cambodia

Small fish ponds in Cambodia are being used for Pangasius catfish production to help fish farmers increase their profits and provide a source of protein to families. Check out this article on Agrilinks by Wes Neal, co-principal investigator on the Fish Innovation Lab’s Increasing Fisheries Sustainability for Resilience activity and professor at Mississippi State University.

Image Alternative Text: This photo shows the trenches made in the rice-fish field for the fish. It is important to maintain an appropriate water depth and quality to support the well-being of fish throughout their life cycle until they reach harvest size. This is why practitioners often construct a small refuge for the fish within the rice field in the form of a trench or small pond. Photo Credit: Oladeji Kazeem Kareem.

Water Management and Productivity in Integrated Agriculture-Aquaculture (Rice-Fish) Systems

In areas with limited water availability, enhancing agricultural productivity is imperative to increase food production, income, and environmental benefits without significantly increasing water usage. Read this Agrilinks article to find out more about how the Farm Diversification activity uses a combined farming approach to save water and increase food production.