[ASC-media] Australian Change at the Helm On Global Fish and Aquaculture Research

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Wed Jan 28 12:36:55 EST 2004

For immediate release: 28 January 2004

Australian Change at the Helm On Global Fish and Aquaculture Research

Australia’s international standing in fish and aquaculture research has been
strengthened with one notable Australian marine expert to replace another
Australian at the helm of a unique international research center involved in
research on fisheries and other living aquatic resources - the
Malaysia-based WorldFish Center.

Dr Stephen Hall, Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science
(AIMS) in Townsville and Professorial Fellow of Marine Biology at Flinders
University in Adelaide, will be leaving Australia in mid-February to succeed
Dr Meryl Williams when she completes 10 years directing the renowned

Dr Hall will be broadening his focus to a mandate that covers fisheries
research directed to the eradication of poverty, improvement of people’s
nutrition in developing countries and reduction of pressure on the

“Australia has a world class track record in fisheries and aquaculture
research and has a lot to offer to developing countries through partnerships
with WorldFish," said Dr Hall.

“There are also substantial benefits for Australia in working together. For
example, many of the environmental concerns that are limiting aquaculture
development are as relevant in Australia as elsewhere,' he said.

“I look forward to strengthening existing relationships with organisations
in Australia such as the Australian Centre for International Agricultural
Research and AIMS,” he said.

Dr Hall, educated in Wales and Scotland, is an eminent fisheries scientist
and research leader. His many achievements and publications include a recent
major book on the effects of fishing on marine ecosystems, which has already
become an essential text in this field.

The WorldFish Center is headquartered in Penang, Malaysia, and operates from
11 sites and works in 25 countries in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and
Caribbean. It has generated acclaim throughout the world for its work on
capture fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries

WorldFish is the only fisheries and aquaculture Center in the Consultative
Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a System of 62 donor
member countries, multilateral agencies and foundations that support 16
research Centers. The other Centers focus on crops, livestock, trees, water,
and policy research.

The WorldFish Center (known also as ICLARM) contributes to food security and
poverty eradication through research, partnership, capacity building, and
policy support on living aquatic resources.  The WorldFish Center is one of
16 Future Harvest Centers and receives its principal funding from 62
governments, private foundations, and international and regional
organizations known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural
Research. Please visit www.worldfishcenter.org

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