Regional Workshop on Underutilized Fish and Marine Genetic Resources of Asia-Pacific and their Amelioration
Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP) in collaboration with Asia – Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) and National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA)
from 10th -12th July, 2019
In the 2030 United Nations (UN) Agenda for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2030), food and agriculture are given prominence. Many Sustainable Development Goals are directly or indirectly related to fisheries and aquaculture, particularly SDG Goal 14, which includes enhancement of the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources.
There is no argument that fisheries is the main source of the animal protein in Sri Lanka and in Asia which provides over 60% of the animal protein requirement of the Sri Lankan people. Situation in the other countries in South Asia is also similar. Even though it is revealed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that there is a gradual depletion of fish resources in the global scenario as well as country specific situation due to over exploitation and adverse climate impacts. FAO and other global and regional corporations are now promoting their member states to uphold culture based fisheries and other alternatives.
In view of the above, the most of the countries in Asian region are now paying the greatest concern on aquaculture and utilizing underutilized fish and marine genetic resources. Though most of the other Asian countries are now infatuated a sound knowledge and skills in the areas of utilizing underutilized fish and marine genetic resources, we in Sri Lanka have not adequately gained such knowledge and information. Considering the importance of grasping the same, National Committee on Aquatic Resources of the Sri Lanka Council of Agriculture Research Policy (SLCARP) has conducted a Regional Workshop on Underutilized Fish and Marine Genetic Resources and to facilitate a forum for discussion on this subject with the other countries in the region in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) based Thailand (in which SLCARP is a member institution) and National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA).
There were 17 international participants participated at the workshop in NARA, Sri Lanka on 10th, 11th & 12th July 2019. Participants are from Philippines, Pakistan, Lao, India, Nepal, Taiwan, Malaysia, Bhutan, Thailand, Fiji Islands, Iran and Sri Lanka.
Inaugural address was delivered by the Chief Guest Hon. P. Harison, Cabinet Minister for Agriculture, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development. Hon. Dilip Wedaarachchi, State Minister for Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development have also participated as Guests of Honour.
Proceedings of the Workshop will be published. Power-point presentations, discussion summaries and photographs have been uploaded to www.slcarp.lk