Overview of the conference
Fish is one of the most-traded food commodities worldwide with more than half of the global production coming from developing countries. World per capita fish supply peaked at 20 kg in 2014, mainly due to developments in aquaculture. Fisheries and aquaculture are expected to contribute significantly to the food security and nutrition for the projected global population of 9.7 billion by 2050. Brackishwater aquaculture, particularly shrimp farming, is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing food producing sectors contributing substantially to the economy and sustainability of coastal communities worldwide. Sustainable development of aquaculture, especially brackishwater aquaculture, should be planned in harmony with the ecosystem that supports farming systems. The dynamics of the estuarine ecosystem and related factors such as environment, climate change and man – made ecosystem alteration etc., can play a crucial role in aquaculture in these resources. Modern day aquaculture is rapidly evolving with the support of scientific innovations and technological support in the areas of genetics, breeding and stock improvement, nutrition and feed biotechnology, disease and health management, farm management and social aspects. Consumers are extremely conscious of the quality of food they eat and the way it is produced. Therefore, environmentally benign farming is essential for the success of aquaculture ventures. BRAQCON 2019 is expected to “THINK GLOBALLY” for development of aquaculture with strong R&D inputs, and “ACT LOCALLY” for implementing responsible fisheries and aquaculture.
“BRAQCON 2019” envisages to provide a unique platform for an august gathering of people involved in innovative activities in brackishwater aquaculture and fisheries, nationally and internationally. Sharing of experience and research advancements in the frontier areas would facilitate maximum utilization, cultivation, conservation and development of aquatic resources. The conference would elicit interest among young researchers and scientists to undetake studies and research to further open up new blue growth avenues for a better world. “BRAQCON 2019” is also an attempt to foster cooperation between concerned governmental, non-governmental institutions, private sector and farmers for advancement of sustainable aquaculture and fisheries in brackishwater ecosystems. Brackishwater and estuarine biodiversity and conservation Diversity and distribution of finfish and shellfish, migrations and effects of barriers, ecosystem services, alien species in brackishwaters, fishery and exploitation issues, conservation and management.
‘Aquaculture farmers conclave’ would focus on ground level issues faced by brackishwater aquaculture farmers to consolidate and communicate their requirements to policy makers, researchers and ecosystem conservators for providing solutions for sustainable development of brackishwater aquaculture, coastal ecosystem, marketing and conservation.
The session on brackishwater aquaculture start-up is intended to provide fillip to young minds who dream to venture into aquaculture and allied sectors as entrepreneurs. Ideas, innovations and technologies developed by R & D labs with potential for commercialisation will be presented and deliberated during this session. Agricultural Business Incubator (ABI) of ICAR would be able to hand-hold and help the new entrepreneurs.