Summary of Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission No. IO50-12-0008PresentationPoster

POLYAQUACULTURE RESEARCH UNIT: RESEARCH PROJECTS TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AQUATIC POLYCULTURE IN MADAGASCAR

Gildas G. B. Todinanahary*1, Gaetan Tsiresy1, Igor Eeckhaut2, Thierry Lavitra1

1 Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines, Madagascar
2 University if Mons, Belgium

ABSTRACT :

Aquaculture has continued to grow in Madagascar, since about thirty years, but not enough to overcome to the unprecedented decline of fishery products. In order to gradually overcome this problem, the polyaquaculture research unit, was formed in 2012. It has a research tools complex that allows working on simple and accessible techniques of aquaculture and the development of ecological, biological and socio-economic methods and processes. This aims to continuously improve the quality of production and therefore the development of the standard of living in the fishermen villages while promoting the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems. The research team is working on a wide range of disciplines including ecology, biology, genetics, sociology and economics. This multidisciplinary approach is permitted by the multilateral nature of the platform composed around the unit: universities, administrative authorities, private companies, NGOs, and especially village communities. The research unit began working on the culture of the red algae Kappaphycus alvarezii, focusing mainly on its pathology; on improving production in holothuria farming, including enhance in nutrition of juveniles and treatments techniques for trepang production; and among others the study of technical and socio-economic potential of community-based coral farming. The special feature of this unit is the establishment of an aquaculture system that would produce in a commensal manner several types of aquaculture products from the villagers, in partnership with NGOs, private companies and research institutions