S ustainable Aquaculture for a Secure Future," was the message the Aquaculture CRSP was trying to get across to the Oregon State University community during the annual Earth Day celebration on April 21.
CRSP Staff members showcased a booth educating the OSU community about the benefits of aquaculture all over the world, and why it is important to many rural communities in other countries. Also, a giant life-sized tilapia with its face cut out was put on display. Those who wished could have their picture taken and see themselves as a tilapia.
Recent publications of Aquanews and EdOp Net were also handed out to give people a better understanding about aquaculture and the work done by the CRSP.
Aquaculture CRSP Makes a Splash at Earth Day 2004
guiding local and national research priorities, identify and prepare relevant education materials and provide them for updating the website, and offer courses that will prepare candidates for jobs in the tilapia industry.
Technical Information and Training
Activities: identify critical technical needs of the industry and engage local and national leaders and industry in providing the latest tools of the trade, prepare pamphlets and educational materials and provide information for updating website content, and design and offer practical "hands-on" training courses.
Liaisons with Other Institutions
Activities: identify and develop working relationships with critical organizations and institutions and create a network of collaborating organizations.
Bylaws and Operating Procedures
Activities: draft bylaws and operating procedures of the Tilapia Connection that promote participation of all individuals in the tilapia industry and ensure effective functioning and smooth transitions of leadership.
A coordinating group made up of a member of each of the six working groups will provide a common node to link all activities and communications, and its members will serve as official representatives on behalf of the Tilapia Connection. The Tilapia Connectionıs organization is illustrated in Figure 1.
The formation of the Tilapia Connection is a capstone achievement that may prove to be a pivotal action in the institutionalization of tilapia in Honduras and Central America because of the increased ability of the people of the region to self-identify needs, access current information and technology, communicate effectively on a timely basis, and influence policy makers. Three to
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Tilapia Connection coordinating group.
CRSP graduate student Ephraim Temple poses inside our giant fish cut-out.
five Tilapia Connection members in each working group are initiating activities. The members of the coordinating group are: Francisco Avalos, Carla Garces, Dan Meyer, Suyapa Meyer, Alberto Zelaya, and Brahm Verma (ex-officio). The tilapia website is regularly updated with the current contents and facilities for virtual meetings, and electronic communication for the members of Tilapia Connection will be added soon. For stability, reliability, and quality control, the website will be hosted in the Zamorano computer center. Tilapia Connection encourages individuals with interest in tilapia and the Central America
region to become members through the website <www.acuacultura.org> or by sending an email to Ing. Carla Garces <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This model may be useful for building local capacity in other regions of the world as well.