Image Alternative Text: Hamisi, is a fisherman in Uyombo, receiving his modified basket trap from two of the Samaki Salama project staff.

Modified Fishing Traps and Fisher Workshops Promote Fish Consumption and Sustainable Fishing

As a part of the Samaki Salama project, the team distributes basket traps to fishers and, in return, receives data on the amount and types of fish caught. Hamisi, one out of 100 fishers who received basket traps, has reported an increase in the economic value of the fish he has captured thanks to the modified traps.

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Meet the Communications Specialist: Alaina Dismukes

Meet Alaina Dismukes, the Fish Innovation Lab's communications specialist. "I believe the way to solving big problems like food insecurity starts by making sure everyone has a seat at the table."

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Webinar Series: Learnings From the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish in Nigeria

The Fish Innovation Lab and Aquaculture Africa Magazine bring you a set of four exciting and informative webinars that will unpack important lessons from the Fish Innovation Lab's activities in Nigeria. Join global experts as they present and discuss key aspects related to the Nigerian aquaculture sector and provide an opportunity for questions and interaction.

Image Alternative Text: In this group picture, Isomo (first from right) did field work with attendants as Elizabeth Akuwa monitored (first from left).

Fish Innovation Lab Trainees Identify Areas of Waste and Make Improvements at the Farm Level

The Applying Lean Management in Aquaculture Production project is continuing to enhance food security and increase economic returns through a train-the-trainers approach. Read about how Sunday Isomo has improved workplace organization on his farm, minimized waste associated with feeding fish by 50%, and reduced the cost of pumping water by 70%, which abolished all-day water pumping.

Image Alternative Text: The team met with 30 crayfishers to gain information about the crayfish in Zambia.

A Workshop and Interviews With Fishers Help Researchers Assess Invasive Crayfish in Zambia

The Fish Innovation Lab's project on invasive crayfish in Zambia held a workshop on the invasive species' ecology at the University of Zambia. The team also interviewed local fishers to get a better idea of where crayfish are in the Kafue Floodplain and Lake Kariba areas.

Image Alternative Text: Rice-fish demonstration site farmer in the Kebbi state of northeastern Nigeria explaining to community farmers how the rice-fish system works, its benefits and challenges.

Integrating Aquaculture in African Rice Farms May Increase Health, Wealth

The Aquaculture Diversification in Rural Communities project is helping Nigerian rice farmers diversify food production through aquaculture systems that integrate raising native catfish in rice fields. Check out this news release by the University of Georgia to learn more about the project's recent work in Nigeria.

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Insights of Freshwater Carp Polyculture in Bangladesh: Inefficiency, Yield Gap, and Yield Loss Perspectives

The "Genome sequencing and development of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers from Rohu in Bangladesh" project has a new journal article in Aquaculture. The research focuses on inefficiency, yield gap, and yield loss of carp polyculture in Bangladesh.

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Aquatic Animal Foods Play a Key Role in Supporting Nutrition and Child Health

A new paper by the Fish Innovation Lab's nutrition specialist, East Africa specialist, and colleagues examines data from 175 countries over 20 years to estimate associations between consumption of aquatic animal source foods and important indicators for nutrition and child health. The Fish Innovation Lab is exploring many of the approaches recommended by the authors to help low-income communities improve nutrition and livelihoods through sustainable aquaculture and fisheries.

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FishFirst! Zambia Research Scholars Present Posters at 2022 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

Ania Issac and Makayla Smith, two MSU undergraduate research scholars, presented posters of FishFirst! Zambia research at the 2022 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium held at Mississippi State University.

Image Alternative Text: All fish farmers were awarded a certificate after the day-long training at PSTU.

Aquaculture Training Teaches Bangladesh Farmers Business Practices to be More Profitable

A day-long training workshop for fish farmers on scientific and farm business management practices in Bangladesh provides the knowledge farmers need to diversify their farming operations to earn more income. This training by the Strategies for Inclusive Aquaculture Value Chain in Bangladesh project can help farmers to better adapt to changing climate and market conditions.