Wetlands management in Vietnam's Mekong Delta: an overview of the pressures and responses

This paper introduces the characteristics of the Delta and outlines the pressures that are impinging on the sustainability of the Delta's wetlands. Although these pressures are non-linear and interacting, three are considered prominent. These pressures stem largely from rice production and the associated large scale water control infrastructures, shrimp aquaculture, and the inadequacy of the current institutional arrangements. Responses to these pressures are discussed noting the diverse interventions made in the past and the present.

Sandfish (Holothuris scabra) with shrimp (Penaeus monodon) co-culture tank trials

Seven tank trials were undertaken involving the co-culture of sandfish and shrimp on sand. Sizes, stocking densities, feeding and other conditions were all varied. Results indicated that powdered sargassum did not support sandfish growth, although it may have prevented starvation, which otherwise killed juveniles within three to six weeks.

Population dynamics of Lysmata Ensirostris in the Kutubdia channel of the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh

FiSAT (FAO ICLARM Stock Assessment Tools) programme was used to estimate population parameters of Lysmata ensirostris from length frequency data. The La (asymptotic length) and K (growth coefficient) were found to be 7.3 cm and 2.2/year respectively and the growth performance index (?) was found to be 2.069. An additional estimate of La Z/K was found to be 7.057 cm and 1.086 respectively. The annual rate of natural mortality (M), fishing mortality (F) and total mortality (Z) were found to be 8.44, 0.92 and 9.36 respectively. The selection pattern was found to be 5.642 cm.

Incidence of human pathogenic bacteria in shrimp feeds - a study from India

The incidence of various human pathogenic bacteria in commercially available and home-made shrimp feeds used on some farms in India was analyzed. The Total Heterotrophic Bacteria in the commercial feed samples ranged between 103–105 cfu g-1 and those in the farm-made feeds between 106-107 cfu g-1. No bacteria of significance to human health were found to be associated with any of the commercial feed samples analyzed, while farm-made feeds analyzed during the study showed a high incidence of various human pathogens such as Vibrio parahaemolyticus, V.

Grow-out of sandfish Holothuria scabra in ponds shows that co-culture with shrimp Litopenaeus stylirostris is not viable

We examined the potential for producing the large numbers of sandfish (Holothuria scabra) needed for restocking programmes by co-culturing juveniles with the shrimp Litopenaeus stylirostris in earthen ponds. Our experiments in hapas within shrimp ponds were designed to detect any deleterious effects of sandfish on shrimp, and vice versa. These experiments showed that a high stocking density of juvenile sandfish had no significant effects on growth and survival of shrimp.

The good, the bad and the ugly: discourse, policy controversies and the role of science in the politics of shrimp farming development.

This article revisits through a policy analysis the ongoing debate on shrimp farming aquaculture. It describes the changes in policy orientations that have takenplace in recent years, and tries to relate them to the advocacy strategies developed by different networks and policy communities. The analysis reveals in particular the crucial contribution of the 'power of expertise' and shows how it has been instrumentalised by certain advocacy networks to depoliticise the debate.

Environment and aquaculture in developing countries.

Contains 15 reviews on the environmental impact of aquaculture including inland and coastal ecosystems, integration of agriculture and aquaculture, shrimp culture, antibiotics and other trace environmental contaminants, toxic algal blooms, socioeconomic aspects and regional overviews for Africa, Asia and Latin America. These are also transcripts of discussions on these topics, with recommendations and a framework for decisionmaking when considering the environmental impact of aquaculture development.

Developing a consultative Bayesian model for integrated management of aquatic resources: an inland coastal zone case study.

This article presents the methodological aspects of the development of a decision support system (DSS) based on Bayesian networks and aiming at assisting in the management of water-dependent resources (rice, fish, shrimp and crab). The principles of Bayesian networks are introduced, then the steps of model development are detailed and illustrated by the BayFish model being developed in the inland coastal zone of Bac Lieu Province (Vietnam). The particular feature of this DSS is that it is based on the contribution of local stakeholders.

Some aspect of population dynamics of three penaeid shrimp (P.monodon, P.semisulcatus and M.monoceros) from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh.

In the Bay of Bengal of Bangladesh area the values of asymptotic length (La) for tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon), green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) and brown shrimp (Metapenaeus monoceros) were found to be 30.0 cm, 23.5 cm and 16.5 cm for male and 32.1 cm, 27.0 cm, and 19.4 cm for female respectively while the growth co-efIicient(K) were 0.94, 0.80 and 1.5 year¯1 for male and 0.97,0.90 and 1.52 year¯1 tor female respectively.


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