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SVC4MED Project kick-off meeting and methodology training workshop

Improving Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains in the Mediterranean within the Blue Growth Initiative (SVC4MED) is a four-year project, funded by the Directorate General of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Government of Italy, and implemented by FAO. SVC4MED aims to improve wild shrimps and farmed rainbow trout value chains in the Mediterranean by maximizing economic and social benefits to society, while minimizing negative impacts on the environment, in line with the FAO Blue Transformation Initiative.

Key countries selected to implement project activities within SVC4MED are Albania, Italy, Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey. The planned project activities include data collection on a number of performance indicators along the value chain, on the basis of which to analyse the structure, dynamics and performance of the system and develope visions for value chain upgrading. Involvement of local partners and stakeholders throughout the process is an essential part of the project.

The project kick-off meeting took place on 23rd and 24th February and was attended by representatives of the national partners and consultants, who will have the primary responsibility for collecting and analysing data and developing upgrading strategies for the selected value chains in their countries. A total of 18 participants joined the workshop over the two days, in addition to representatives by the project management unit.

The meeting was opened with a welcoming speech by Mr Audun Lem, Deputy Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, and was followed by introductions of the participants from each country. The rest of the meeting focused on presenting and discussing the logistical process and methodological approach for the project in order to build capacity and enhance participants¿ understanding of the standardised analytical framework.

SVC4MED¿s methodological approach is an adaptation of the FISH4ACP project methodology for fisheries and aquaculture value chain analysis, which builds on FAO guiding principles on Sustainable Food Value Chain (SFVC) and Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D) of the European Commission.. FAO defines sustainable food value chains as ¿the full range of farms and firms and their successive coordinated value-adding activities that produce particular raw agricultural materials and transform them into particular food products that are sold to final consumers and disposed of after use, in a manner that is profitable throughout, has broad-based benefits for society and does not permanently deplete natural resources(1)¿. This is a holistic approach designed to identify and understand the core factors and interrelated constraints associated with all main components of the system (see figure below) and enable the identification of upgrading opportunities.

(1) FAO. 2014. Developing sustainable food value chains - Guiding principles. Rome

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Out now: Benchmarking species diversification in global aquaculture - FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper 605

With ever-growing concerns over climate change, disease outbreaks, market fluctuations and other uncertainties, species diversification has become an increasingly prominent strategy for sustainable aquaculture development. Policy and planning on species diversification require a holistic, sector-wide perspective to assess the overall prospect of individually promising species that may not be entirely successful when competing for limited resources and markets. This paper examines the status and trends of species diversification in global aquaculture and establishes a benchmarking system to facilitate the comparison of species diversification patterns across countries. The benchmarking results based on the experiences of around 200 countries for three decades can provide points of reference to facilitate evidence-based policy and planning in sustainable aquaculture development. Additionally, the benchmarking system can be used in foresight analyses to help design or refine future production targets in policy and planning for aquaculture development. Indicating the usefulness of global experiences in guiding policy and planning in individual countries may motivate more efforts in strengthening global data on aquaculture. Improved global data would not only enhance the quality of information generated from the benchmarking system but also could expand the system to include more indicators.


Information: Juinning Cai

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International Technical Webinar on Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Biosecurity in Aquaculture: FAO candidate Reference Centers on AMR and Aquaculture Biosecurity, 20-21 December 2021

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a growing threat to human and animal health; it endangers modern human and veterinary medicine and undermines the safety of our food and environment. Antimicrobials play a critical role in the treatment of diseases of farm animals (aquatic and terrestrial) and plants, and therefore their effectiveness must be preserved. Their use is essential to food security, our well-being and to animal welfare.

The misuse of antimicrobials increases the rate of emergence and spread of resistant organisms, placing both human and animals at risk. To support implementation of FAO Resolution 4/2015, which recognized the serious threat presented by AMR, FAO has developed an action plan (2021-2025) which addresses focal areas of activity to address this threat, including raising awareness, increasing capacity for surveillance and monitoring, and the promotion of good practices in food and agricultural systems, including antimicrobial use.

In this regard, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute (YSFRI) and Pearl River Fisheries Research Institute (PRFRI) of Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (China), Nitte University (India) and the Mississippi State University (USA) are proposed for designation as "FAO Reference Centre on AMR and Aquaculture Biosecurity".

During this virtual event, speakers from the above FAO candidate reference centers will present and share their knowledge on AMR and aquaculture biosecurity to increase the understanding of overview and current status of knowledge on AMR and its mitigation measures in aquaculture.

Link to programme and presentations can be found here.


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Virtual course on the Design of an Active Surveillance for Diseases of Aquatic Organisms using a 12-point Checklist

31 August to 13 September 2021

This virtual training course is being carried out under the auspices of the TCP/EGY/3705: Enhancing biosecurity governance to support sustainable aquaculture production in Egypt. A 12-point checklist in the design and practical application of active surveillance of diseases in aquatic organisms (farmed and wild population) was developed to serve as a methodological approach and guidance for a multidisciplinary team particularly in countries where surveillance expertise is limited. It is a stepwise and pragmatic approach that offers a good starting point for addressing disease issues especially in developing countries. It can be used as a model to build targeted surveillance competency and a basic reference when implementing a surveillance programme or improving existing programmes. The checklist is based on a review of available main aquatic surveillance references and scientific literature and was further developed based on the outcomes of several aquaculture biosecurity project-related workshops hosted by the FAO (Bondad-Reantaso et al. 2021;

The 12-point checklist includes the following:

  1. scenario setting;
  2. defining surveillance objective;
  3. (defining the populations;
  4. disease clustering;
  5. case definition;
  6. diagnostic testing;
  7. study design and sampling;
  8. data collection and management;
  9. data analysis;
  10. validation and quality assurance;
  11. human and financial resources and logistics requirements; and
  12. surveillance in the bigger picture.

For a multidisciplinary team approach to disease control, knowledge of fish biology, aquaculture systems and many aspects of aquaculture health management and biosecurity are required. Surveillance needs significant financial investment and must be supported by adequate diagnostic capability, information system management, legal framework and communication networks, with transparent reporting mechanisms to allow rapid disease response for serious diseases of aquatic organisms. Thus, an appropriate design of the surveillance plan and practical implementation are very important.

The virtual course is presented in English and Arabic languages.

Further information can be obtained via email:

Presentations and reference materials are available here.

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New publication: Seaweeds and microalgae: an overview for unlocking their potential in global aquaculture development

Seaweeds and microalgae: an overview for unlocking their potential in global aquaculture development

(FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular 1229)

Algae, including seaweeds and microalgae, contribute nearly 30 percent of world aquaculture production (measured in wet weight), primarily from seaweeds. Seaweeds and microalgae generate socio-economic benefits to tens of thousands of households, primarily in coastal communities, including numerous women empowered by seaweed cultivation. Various human health contributions, environmental benefits and ecosystem services of seaweeds and microalgae have drawn increasing attention to untapped potential of seaweed and microalgae cultivation. Highly imbalanced production and consumption across geographic regions implies a great potential in the development of seaweed and microalgae cultivation. Yet joint efforts of governments, the industry, the scientific community, international organizations, civil societies, and other stakeholders or experts are needed to realize the potential. This document examines the status and trends of global algae production with a focus on algae cultivation, recognizes the algae sector’s existing and potential contributions and benefits, highlights a variety of constraints and challenges over the sector’s sustainable development, and discusses lessons learned and way forward to unlock full potential in algae cultivation and FAO’s roles in the process. From a balanced perspective that recognizes not only the potential of algae but also constraints and challenges upon the realization of the potential, information and knowledge provided by this document can facilitate evidence-based policymaking and sector management in algae development at the global, regional and national levels.


See also the WAPI factsheet on Global seaweeds and microalgae production, 1950–2019

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9h30 - 9h45 Welcoming and Opening

Pr. Hechmi Missaoui, General Director of INSTM

Pr. Elizabeth Cottier-Cook , Programme Leader of GSSTAR

Dr. Celine Rebours, President of ISAP

Session Chair Pr. Saloua Sadok

09h45 - 10h30 Microalgae exploited species (Pr. Hatem Ben Ouada)

10h30 - 11h15 Active molecules from microalgae: structure and function (Pr. Hatem Ben Ouada) [lecture1]

11h15 - 11h30 Coffee break

11h30 - 11-45 Video 1 : Cultivation of spirulina in Tunisia from the lab to the marketing. [video1]

11h45 - 12h30 Seaweed cultivation (Dr. Fethi Mensi) [lecture2]

12h30 - 13h30 Lunch Time

Session Chair: Dr. Leila Ktari

13h30 - 14h00 Seaweed uses in Pharmaceuticals, Nutraceuticals and Cosmetics (Dr. Leila Ktari) [lecture3]

14h00 - 14h30 Seaweed uses for Bioproducts and Bioenergy (Dr. Leila Chebil Ajjabi) [LECTURE4]

14h30 - 14-45 Video 2 : Revealing Seaweed Potential for Tunisian Blue Economy. [video2]

15h00 - 15h15 Coffee break

15h15 - 15h45 Seaweed uses for Phycoclloids production (Dr. Rafik Ben Said) [Lecture5]

15h45 -16h15 Seaweed associated bacteria and potential exploitation (Dr. Monia El Bour) [Lecture6]

16h30-16h45 Final discussion and questions from audience, closing
Author: Saloua Sadok
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Quatrième atelier de recherche-industrie: Planification des travaux sur l’Enrichissement des microalgues en oligoéléments

Quatrième atelier de recherche-industrie: Planification des travaux sur l’Enrichissement des microalgues en oligoéléments

21-24 Décembre 2021

Author: Saloua Sadok
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webinaire en phycologie appliquée du 28 septembre 2021

The National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (INSTM) organizes, in association with the Tunisian Assocaition for Scientific Information (ATIS) and funded by Global seaweed STAR (GSSTAR) and the international Society of applied Phycology (ISAP), a one-day online training course on September 28, entitled: “Revealing Algae Biotechnological Potentials to Contribute to Sustainable Blue Growth in Mediterranean ".
For registration, visit this link :
Author: Saloua Sadok
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 Deuxième Atelier de travail : Microalgues : vers l’application du savoir

Deuxième Atelier de travail : Microalgues : vers l’application du savoir


Author: Saloua Sadok
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Concours de «l’Innovation Agricole» 2017

Concours de «l’Innovation Agricole» 2017

 L’Institution de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur Agricoles (IRESA) et l’Union Tunisienne de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche (UTAP), en collaboration avec l’agence nationale de la promotion de la recherche organisent, à la marge de la 13ème édition du Salon International de l’Agriculture du machinisme agricole et de la pêche un concours de l’innovation agricole en sa première édition. La date limite de soumission est fixée pour le 15 septembre 2017. (Voir l’annonce : lien)

Télécharger l'annonce UTAP FR  (PDF)

Télécharger la fiche de projet finale 2016 (PDF)

Télécharger les critères de sélection finaux 2016 (PDF)

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