Thursday, May 17, 2018

18/05/2018: Training, knowledge and technology

by Janice Spencer, Chief Financial Officer, Aquaculture without Frontiers
The NAC, which is joint owner with the Charity Aquaculture without Frontiers, has recently joined up with Hull University as its academic partner, and is housed in the Humber Seafood Institute (HSI) building on Grimsby's Europarc in this once great fishing port situated in Lincolnshire in the UK.

With the shortage of domestic fish catch and EU regulations, Grimsby fishing folk took to developing their fish processing and it is now a thriving industry, with many countries sending fish there to be processed before marketing.

The HSI building was constructed with funds provided by the Yorkshire Forward Regional Development Agency for support of the fishing industry and it for instance houses three superior bio- laboratories. The building also houses a 100-seat conference centre along with numerous offices, plus a large kitchen and preparation area equipped to deal with the culinary development of sea food. The UK fishing industry Levy Board occupies one wing of the HSI building.

The NAC along with its academic partner Hull University chose this site as it was a logical place to be situated for researching all things regarding fish. A shellfish laboratory will be installed at the HSI and it is intended that short courses will be offered to students to help them better understand Aquaculture and all it entails.

The Michael New Library and Research Centre, named in honour of AwF's founder will soon begin to function to provide research facilities for supported researchers who have an interest in Aquaculture. Our charity Aquaculture without Frontiers will work alongside the NAC which it co-owns, to promote and help those in need in the practice of aquaculture around the world.

The NAC and Aquaculture without Frontiers will for instance support and study health and wellbeing along with human food nutrition, and food security associated with fish. Indeed, it is a well reported fact that developing countries suffer from a lack of Protein in their diet, with supply being very poor and this deficiency causing health problems particularly in the very young and also pregnant mothers.

Getting enough protein in the diet is not negotiable in terms of basic health, but it is often hard to source that daily amount while avoiding unhealthy saturated fats or eating more calories. Smallholder fish farmers in underdeveloped countries often do not have the money to buy high quality fish feed so they tend to just throw in to their ponds anything that they think the fish will eat to make them grow, and this can even include items like harmful debris.

Read the full article, HERE.

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