Asian Fisheries Society

E-Newsletter June 2019
22 Jul, 2019


The highlights of the AFS during the reporting period were: (i) organisation of the 12th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (12AFAF) in Iloilo, the Philippines which was well attended by scientists from the region, as well as representatives of some regional/international organisations; (ii) revitalisation of one of the networks of AFS – the Asian Fisheries Social Scientists Research Network (AFSSRN), which was dormant for some time; (iii) Joint General Assembly of the Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network (AFSSRN) and Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section (GAFS); and (iv) election of 13th Council (2019-2022) with Prof. Alice Joan Ferrer as the Chair. Wish the new Council all the Best.

Gender issues not only in agriculture, but also in fisheries and aquaculture have been receiving increased attention in recent times at national, regional and global level and AFS has been playing a major role. Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of AFS (GAFS) has been going strong under the leadership of Dr Meryl J William, the Founder and Chair of the GAFS. It is heartening to know that the Australian Council for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) has announced a new leadership program targeting female agriculture researchers in the Indo-Pacific and aptly named the Fellowship Program as "Meryl Williams Fellowship Program", in recognition of her immense contribution to the gender issues.

I am sure, Members of AFS will join me in congratulating Dr I-Chiu Liao, former President of AFS for receiving the coveted 24th Nikkei Asia Prize in May 2019 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Asian fisheries and aquaculture development. All these activities have been presented in detail in this issue of newsletter. Suggestions for improvement of content of the newsletter are welcome.

M.V. Gupta

e-Newsletter June 2019