Strengthening Aquaculture in Africa through fish disease monitoring and surveillance Lessons from Namibia, Kenya, Ghana and Liberia
Africa is endowed with vast ocean resources that has been touted as having the potential to contribute to the continent’s sustainable development. But the livelihood support and economic benefits derivable from this endowment are at risk due to increasing population pressure, pollution, illegal fishing and destructive exploitation approaches. Aquaculture (freshwater and marine) is a promising way to reduce the overexploitation of marine resources while supplying essential protein and employment to Africa’s rising population. Aquaculture contributed 47% of the global fish production in 2016 and is projected to continue driving global growth in the supply of fish in the coming years.
In this webinar, aquaculture and fisheries experts from four African countries – Mr. Martin Tjipute of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at SANUMARC, Ms. Venny Mziri Mwainge of the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Mr. Zizi Kpadeh of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, Liberia and Dr. Ewurabena Ntiamoah Bediako of the Fisheries Commission, Ghana - will share their experience of fish disease surveillance at national level using their respective countries as case studies. The webinar will aim at providing participants with an insight into disease surveillance and monitoring as a fisheries and aquaculture management tool. It will highlight the importance of national surveillance program and propose measures for the development of a comprehensive fish disease surveillance program at varying levels.