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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

The project has been worked together with those professional networks where the project members are participants (INGA) or play leading role (NACEE, Rosrybkhoz). These networks practically cover all the major carp production regions (Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia) and have outreach to all important stakeholders of carp production.

In Central and Eastern Europe:

Network of Aquaculture Centers in Central and Eastern Europe (NACEE)
The "Network" was established in 2003, when a "Letter of intent" has been signed by the directors of 20 aquaculture centers from 13 Central-Eastern European countries (Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia nd Montenegro and Ukraine). In this way NACEE can outreach the whole area where carp is the central object of aquaculture (63% of the territory of Europe, 36% of the population of Europe, and more than 220,000 t fish produced in aquaculture, maily carp). The coordinating institution of NACEE is the Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation (HAKI) in Hungary, the Coordinator of EUROCARP Project

The Long term objective of the Network is to: facilitate that the R&D sphere in Central-Eastern Europe be an integral part of the European Research Area.

The immediate objectives of the network activities include exchange of information among members (within the region)

  • facilitate the transfer of information relevant to aquaculture development of the region
  • exchange of scientists with special regard to young ones
  • initiate joint research and training programs
  • facilitate efforts aiming at the better involvement of CEE institutions in European-level aquaculture development programs
  • assist the organisation of regional aquaculture meetings and conferences
  • facilitate the improvement of partnership between science and practice, with special regard to SMEs and Producers Associations
  • enhance the capacity of CEE institutions to be able to initiate and run regional aquaculture development projects supported by the EU, FAO and other international organisations
  • development collaboration between the "Network" and other regional networks/organisations with special regard to NACA (Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific)

In Russia:

Association "Rosrybkhoz" is the largest association of the Russian Federation working in inland water bodies of the country. The main directions of activity are reproduction of commercial value fish species in fresh-water reservoirs, as well as also in the basins of the Azov, Black and Caspian seas. Members of Rosrybkhoz annually stock more than 6 billion fingerlings of salmon, sturgeon and carp fishes into natural water bodies that sustains annual catches of about 100 thousand tons of fish. More than 80 thousand tons of marketable fish, including more than 60 thousand tons of carp is produced by the Association members.

The association "Rosrybkhoz" consists of more than 600 fish-breeding enterprises, including 23 specialized pedigree farms, where 36 breeds, crosses and domesticated forms of carp, trout, bighead and silver carps, white and black cupids, beluga, sturgeon, sterlet, peled and other kinds of fishes are cultivated.

Each carp growing farm produces from 150 up to 1200 tons of marketable size carp annually. By 2009 the federal program of development of aquaculture of Russia is aiming to reach the production volume of a marketable carp up to 200,000 tons. One of the means in reaching this level of production should be the use of new highly productive, stress and disease resistant carp breeds.

Russian Association of Agricultural Farmers
The association of agricultural farmers unites more than 250,000 farmers, engaged in rearing of various fish breeds in small reservoirs of agricultural purpose (the area up to 50 hectares). The annual volume of carp production in these reservoirs is 5-6,000 tons. The further growth of farmer reservoirs productivity in many respects depends on wide use of new fish breeds adapted to the special conditions of small reservoirs of complex use. It is predicted, that by 2010 the volume of carp production in farmer facilities should exceed 10,000 tons.

Association of Fishing Cooperative Farms of Russia
The basic direction of activity of the enterprises included in Association of Fishing Cooperative Farms is fishing in coastal waters of the Russian Federation and in large inland lakes and water basins. Furthermore, they also reproduce commercially valuable fishes and cultivate them up to marketable size in pond conditions. During latest years fish-breeding facilities of the association annually produced more than 10,000 tons of pond fishes, including about 7,000 tons of carp. In future perspective, the Fishing Cooperative Farms of the Association should produce annually 16-18,000 tons of marketable fish of which the carp should compound not less than 12-14,000 tons.

In Asia

INGA International Network for Genetic in Aquaculture

INGA is coordinated by the WorldFish Center and has 13 member states in Asia and Africa and 12 ASI members including IOA, AKVAFORSK and HAKI. Networking activities include: the development of national breeding programmes; the initiation of regional research programmes; strengthening of national research capacity; exchange of fish germplasm; and information dissemination. The INGA coordinator is Dr A.G Ponniah of WorldFish Center (www.worldfishcenter.org)

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