Prof. Kaunda: The meeting will provide an ideal platform for exchange of key fisheries research information and ideas critical for the growth of fisheries and aquaculture industries in Malawi
The Sixth Pan-African Fish and Fisheries Association (PAFFA), which will be held from the 24th to 28th of September 2018 at Sun n Sand Holiday Resort in the country, has attracted over 300 delegates both international and national.
According to PAFFA Local Organising Committee Chairperson, Professor Emmanuel Kaunda, the conference has received very encouraging responses from five of the six continents.
“We have received 230 abstracts to be presented by contributors from 37 different countries. These abstracts will be presented in either oral or poster form and six plenary lectures are expected to be delivered,” he said.
He said the PAFFA meeting will provide an opportunity for scientists from Malawi, Africa and across the world to come together for information sharing on the research advances made in the fisheries sector.
“The meeting will provide an ideal platform for exchange of key fisheries research information and ideas critical for the growth of fisheries and aquaculture industries in Malawi. It shall also provide an opportunity for collaborations,” he said.
He said some of the sub themes at the conference include fish systematic, biodiversity research and data management, Biology, ecology and behavior, Aquatic conservation and management, Fish and food security in the 21-st century in Africa.
Director of Investment Promotion at Malawi Investment Trade Centre, Mr. Joshua Nthakomwa, said his institution is excited for the conference, saying it is in line with their plans to develop the fisheries sector.
He said the sector has lots of potential that can develop the economy as it is still untapped in the country.
“Fish is a food item that is on high demand globally. With the rough calculations we did with the Department of Fisheries, we established that fisheries can actually double or even triple the income that we are getting from tobacco,” said Mr. Nthakomwa.
Benjamin Kondowe, Head of Fisheries and Aquatic Science at Mzuzu University, said the conference will provide a platform for his institution to showcase what they are doing as far as fisheries and environmental research is concerned.
“The conference also offers a platform where we can meet possible partners that we can work with in the future so that we continue doing research as well as continue developing this country within the fisheries sector,” said Dr. Kondowe.
Head of World Fish in Malawi, Dr. Joseph Nagoli, emphasized on the importance of PAFFA conference saying it is of greater importance to the country as well as the world at large.
“As World Fish, we are excited that we shall meet on one place to discuss issues pertaining the development of aquaculture and Fisheries hence this conference is very important to us to disseminate what we have been doing in aquaculture and Fisheries in Malawi and globally,” said Dr Nagoli.
The conference will be hosted by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).