The Sixth Five-Year Plan of the UJNR Aquaculture Panel, 2002-2006

Integrating aquaculture and fisheries technologies to sustainably optimize value from coastal and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) resources requires a continuing, global dialogue. This dialogue should focus on the current and future thrusts in the field such as superior strain production, management, stock enhancement, disease prevention and mitigation, and pollution abatement. In the present Sixth Five-Year Plan, we continue to enhance aquaculture and fisheries by exchanging comprehensive information on basic science, practical techniques, and governance infrastructure.

(1) Aquaculture and stock enhancement of algae and filter feeders (Japan, 2002)

Nutrient dynamics (nitrogen in particular), superior strain production, diets, material cycling, early life history, estimating sustainable carrying capacity, disease mitigation, carbon dioxide sequestration.

(2) Aquaculture and pathobiology of crustaceans (U.S., 2003)

Comprehensive shrimp culture pathobiology, optimal brine shrimp feed production system, lobster and crab aquaculture optimization, healthy aquaculture pond preparation, prevention of pond-generated diseases.

(3) Ecosystem and Carrying Capacity of Aquaculture Ground (Japan 2004)

Non-intrusive offshore cage systems; nearshore and offshore aquaculture coordination between local and national governments; code of cooperative conduct for industry; estimation of holistic land-nearshore-offshore ecosystem carrying capacity of aquaculture ground; harmful algal blooms and carbon dioxide sequestration; EEZ offshore aquaculture sites; integration of aquaculture into ecological and economic models; energy and nitrogen flow in the aquacultural ecosystem.

(4) Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement of Finfish (U.S. , 2005)

Technological adaptability of emerging high-value finfish to aquaculture, population dynamics, relationship between carrying capacity and stock enhancement, optimization of favorable ground creation. Continuing genetic population improvement and management.

(5) Building Sustainable Food Supplies through Aquaculture, Wildstock Enhancement, and Habitat Management (Japan, 2006)

Integrating aquaculture and fisheries technologies to optimize value from coastal resources, zoning for aquaculture, use of biotechnology in aquaculture and effects on natural population, public perception improvement.

Melanie Caesar January 10th, 2005


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