AquaFish CRSP
USAID OSU AquaFish CRSP

Sustainable  Aquaculture  and  Fisheries  for  a  Secure  Future


Notice: 
As of April 1, 2013, the Aquaculture & Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP) will operate under a new name, "The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Aquaculture & Fisheries" (AquaFish Innovation Lab) as required by USAID. AquaFish Phase I work (conducted under AquaFish CRSP) ran from award inception in 2006 through March 31, 2013. AquaFish Phase II work (being conducted under the AquaFish Innovation Lab) will run from April 1, 2013, through March 29, 2018.  The website is currently being updated to reflect these changes, and Phase II content is being developed.

   


  • A Kenyan fish farmer shows off his simple hatchery for raising catfish fry to grow to fingerling size for sale as baitfish to the Nile perch fishermen on Lake Victoria.
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  • Ghanaian fish farmers, processors, traders, and fisheries officers gather for a group photo after a CRSP training on group marketing techniques for selling farmed fish.
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  • AquaFish CRSP researchers are working to reduce the negative impacts of alien species such as this suckermouth catfish caught in Vietnam’s Tri An Reservoir.
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  • Children weighing fish.
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  • Cambodian fishermen pull in a catch of small-sized fish from the Mekong River. CRSP is developing sustainable management approaches to protect this food fishery.
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  • At Mali’s Direction Nationale de la Pêche station, a worker throws out a cast net to collect a fish sample from an experimental pond.
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  • The small-size fish this Vietnamese fish farmer is feeding to snakehead are also a valuable food source for the poor. CRSP researchers are developing alternative feeds to replace the use of these important Mekong River fish.
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  • In Nicaragua, black cockles are a staple food for the poor. This local collector is helping AquaFish CRSP researchers monitor cockle populations in the Aserradores Estuary.
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  • Indonesian farmers in Banda Aceh display the seaweed, tilapia, and shrimp that they grow together in a sustainable polyculture system they learned in CRSP trainings.
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  • In Mali, Lake Sélingué fishermen transfer their catch to fish vendors who are mostly women.
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  • Kenyan CRSP researcher, Dr. Charles Ngugi, demonstrates a simple surveying technique that Malian fish farmers can use to build an aquaculture pond.
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Diving Deep in Ghana

For over 24 years Mr. Paul Osei Kwame has operated a successful 25-acre farm—Oseibros Farms Company Limited—in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Originally running an integrated operation with poultry, crops, and maize grit extraction, Mr. Osei added aquaculture in 2008. Three years later, he now has 20 ponds where he raises Nile tilapia fingerlings for sale to other local fish farmers.
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Diving Deep in Mali

The landlocked West African country of Mali has one of the world's largest freshwater fisheries. Over 100,000 tons are caught annually from lakes and rivers largely situated in the southern regions of the country. Malians fish on a daily basis, consuming an estimated 10.5 kg per person each year. Even with over 700,000 fishers bringing in daily catches...
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MISSION

        The mission of the AquaFish CRSP is to enrich livelihoods and promote health by cultivating international multidisciplinary partnerships that advance science, research, education, and outreach in aquatic resources. Bringing together resources from US and Host Country institutions, the AquaFish CRSP strives to strengthen the capacities of its participating institutions, to increase the efficiency of aquaculture and improve fisheries management in environmentally and socially acceptable ways, and to disseminate research results to a broad audience.

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VISION

         The AquaFish CRSP creates and nurtures strong global partnerships that develop sustainable solutions in aquaculture and fisheries for improving health, building wealth, conserving natural environments for future generations, and strengthening poorer societies' abilities to self-govern in a way that respects the sanctity of all. These goals are accomplished through an integrated, multidisciplinary, cross-cutting research and outreach program that increases aquaculture productivity, enhances environmental stewardship, addresses gender integration, prevents further degradation of aquatic ecosystems, and increases domestic and export market opportunities, thereby increasing food security, economic well-being, and standards of living for citizens in participating Host Countries.



     
The Aquaculture & Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program ( AquaFish CRSP ) is funded under USAID Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement No. EPP-A-00-06-00012-00 and by the participating US and Host Country partners.
AquaFish CRSP
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Questions for or about the AquaFish CRSP? Comments about this site? Email aquafish@oregonstate.edu