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AquaFish has supported more than 500 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic ecology, economics, engineering, and many other disciplines. Some of our students who are or have been supported are featured below.
Stephanie earned her Masters degree in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University with AquaFish support in 2011, and is now enrolled in the PhD program in Environmental Sciences at OSU. Her research is on the value and tradeoffs associated with the culture of air breathing fish for small-scale fish farmers. The uniqueness that air breathing fish bring to the food system is inherent in their ability to withstand low oxygen levels often associated with poor water quality. However, there are many tradeoffs to consider and it is the goal of her research to identify innovative practices and products for small-scale farmers to efficiently produce fish with a built-in resilience to climate change.
Subhash Jha, originally from Janakpur, Nepal, developed an interest in aquaculture at a very young age. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (Tribhuvan University) in 2013, Subhash’s fascination with pond aquaculture persisted. Today, Subhash is an AquaFish-supported Master’s student in Aquaculture at the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) in Chitwan, Nepal.
Subhash’s Master’s research aims to help to ameliorate the problems of aquaculture under-development and threatened populations of sahar. By assessing the spawning behavior of sahar, Subhash hopes to improve sahar breeding technology for restocking efforts in natural water bodies. This research is an extension of previous AquaFish work that was done in Pokhara on sahar breeding and production to increase availability of sahar fry for culture. Subhash and researchers at AFU hope to develop protocols scale-up sahar seed production with the goal of making sahar widely available for culture in Nepal.