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Dr. Hillary Egna, Director http://pdacrsp.oregonstate.edu/afcrsp/. Oct 1, 2006- Sep 30, 2011. Oregon State University awarded $8.9-million grant to support aquaculture and fisheries worldwide through the AquaFish CRSP Represents a 50% cut to aquaculture research previously done in ACRSP.

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dr hillary egna director http pdacrsp oregonstate edu afcrsp
Dr. Hillary Egna, Director


oct 1 2006 sep 30 2011
Oct 1, 2006- Sep 30, 2011
  • Oregon State University awarded $8.9-million grant to support aquaculture and fisheries worldwide through the AquaFish CRSP
  • Represents a 50% cut to aquaculture research previously done in ACRSP
award timeline
Award Timeline

USAID RFA for this CRSP: 7/31/06

USAID Award to OSU: 9/29/06 (10/1/06)

CRSP RFP release: 11/2006

Sub-award Proposals received: 1/31/07

Independent Technical Reviews: 3/31/07

USAID & Mgmt reviews: 4/2007

Project start dates: costs allowed from April 1, 2007 but subcontracts signed by OSU in Oct 2007.

expected timeline
Expected Timeline
  • Project current end dates: 30 Sep 09
  • Project extension requests in Spring 2009
  • New RFP (new lead US inst) expected early 2009
  • Existing project continuation plans due in 2009, in groupings, allow for seemless transition
general program concepts
General Program Concepts
  • Cross cutting
  • Lead partners
  • Goals
  • RFP Guidance for projects, will be the similar for new RFP
program level cross cutting concepts
Program-level cross-cutting concepts
  • address biodiversity conservation
  • address non-GMO biotechnology
  • address IEHA goals

Lead Partner Institution• a single US institution• assume strong administrative and technical leadership for projects • involved in advisory groups serving the overall program • form collaborative partnerships through sub-awards

Operational goal: maximum program impacts for small-scale farmers and fishers, in Host Countries and more broadly. Specifically, the Aquaculture & Fisheries CRSP will strive to:

• Develop sustainable end-user level aquaculture and fisheries systems to increase productivity, enhance international trade opportunities, and contribute to responsible aquatic resource management

Enhance local capacity in aquaculture and aquatic resource management to ensure long-term program impacts at the community and national level

• Foster wide dissemination of research results and technologies to local stakeholders at all levels, including end users, researchers, and government officials; and

• Increase Host Country capacity and productivity to contribute to national food security, income generation, and market access.
rfp pointers 1
RFP pointers (1)
  • Balance between topic areas in Integrated Production Systems (4 TA) and in People, Livelihoods, and Ecosystem Interrelationships (6 TA).
  • TA=topic areas
  • Each project has TAs in both categories.
rfp pointers 2
RFP pointers (2)
  • Focus on aquaculture research for smallholders and to benefit the poor.
  • No funding for “fisheries only” projects, or “outreach only” projects”
  • Focus on key ecosystems and species; less focus on genetics, diseases but acceptable if combined with relevant TAs
rfp pointers 3
RFP pointers (3)
  • No more than 10 investigations per proposal (project)
  • Must have primarily research (study/experiment) and at least one outreach investigation (activity)
  • Has an outreach plan
  • Has a gender plan
rfp pointers 4
RFP pointers (4)
  • Clear goal (Themes A-D) supported by TA and investigations
  • Alignment with USAID goals: gender, capacity building, environmental impact, and other points in RFP
rfp pointers 5
RFP pointers (5)
  • 50% budget (direct costs) in HC
  • Little or no US PI salary
  • Overall minimal salary support for professionals, except true HC
  • No expats, no consultants
  • Students identified and part of research
  • 35% US match on total (eg 400k, then 140k)
  • 15% optional HC contribution on total funding
first rfp 2007 2009
First RFP 2007-2009
  • 6 core research projects awarded
  • All major regions and foci covered
  • New participants
  • Competitive, externally reviewed
  • USAID approval required for sites (eg Bangladesh)
  • All 6 projects can continue, based on performance (not full proposals)
6 new aquafish crsp projects from rfp core research portfolio
6 New AquaFish CRSP Projects- from RFP (core research portfolio)
  • NCSU - UAriz

Improved Cost Effectiveness and Sustainability of Aquaculture in the Philippines and Indonesia

Philippines & Indonesia

2. UM -- WWF

Improving Sustainability and Reducing Environmental Impacts of Aquaculture Systems in China, and South and Southeast Asia

Nepal, Vietnam, China, (Bangladesh)

3. UConn Avery Point -- URI

Development of Alternatives to the Use of Freshwater Low Value Fish for Aquaculture in the Lower Mekong Basin of Cambodia and Vietnam: Implications for Livelihoods, Production and Markets

Cambodia, Vietnam

4. UAriz -- TTU

Developing Sustainable Aquaculture for Coastal and Tilapia Systems in the Americas

Mexico, Guyana

5. UHH -- LSU

Human Health and Aquaculture: Health Benefits through Improving Aquaculture Sanitation and Best Management Practices

Nicaragua, Mexico

6. Purdue -- VT & UAPB

Improving Competitiveness of African Aquaculture through Capacity Building, Improved Technology, and Management of Supply Chain and Natural Resources

Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana


Central Projects

LWA: Mali Project

  • OSU -- Mali, Kenya, China, Thailand, USA
  • USAID Mali = CTO

HCPI Phase II (just ended)

OSU -- South Africa, Thailand, Brasil, Honduras, +

HCPI Phase III (air breathers)

OSU -- poss Peru, Bangladesh +

Synthesis Project - OSU

network development first phase 2007 09
Network Development: First Phase (2007-09)
  • 12 US Universities; 22 HC Inst/Univ
  • 18 Country locales (+)
  • 200+ scientists, researchers
  • 92 students
  • >100 collaborating institutions, GOs, NGOs, private sector
global aquafish crsp themes
Global AquaFish CRSP Themes
  • A. Improved Health and Nutrition, Food Quality, and Food Safety
  • B. Income Generation for Small-Scale Fish Farmers and Fishers ($)
  • C. Environmental Management for Sustainable Aquatic Resources Use ($)
  • D. Enhanced Trade Opportunities for Global Fishery Markets
10 Topic Areas:Integrated Production Systems; People, Livelihoods, and Ecosystem Interrelationships
  • Production System Design and Best Management Alternatives
  • Sustainable Feed Technology
  • Indigenous Species Development
  • Quality Seedstock Development
  • Human Health Impacts of Aquaculture
  • Food Safety and Value-Added Product Development
  • Technology Adoption and Policy Development
  • Marketing, Economic Risk Assessment, and Trade
  • Watershed and Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Mitigating Negative Environmental Impacts
second rfp expected to be released early 2009
Second RFP: Expected to be released early 2009

Fill Gap-areas in portfolio: 1-2 new projects

Africa focus (IEHA countries)

2 Possible “gap” Themes:

Enhanced Trade Opportunities for Global Fishery Markets

Food Safety & Value-Added Product Development

All 10 topic areas but special emphasis on several “gap” topics, including (in priority order):

Improved Health and Nutrition, Food Quality, and Food Safety

Watershed & Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Quality Seedstock Development



Disclaimer: The contents of this document do not necessarily represent an official position or policy of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Mention of trade names or commercial products in this document does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use on the part of USAID of the Collaborative Research Support Program. The accuracy, reliability, and originality of work presented in this report are the responsibility of the individual authors.

Program activities are funded by Grant No. EPP-A-00-06-00012-00 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and by participating US and Host Country institutions.

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1 production system design best management alternatives
1. Production System Design & Best Management Alternatives
  • Polyculture of sahar (Tor putitora) with mixed-sex Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)
  • Co-sponsorship of "second international workshop on cultivation and biotechnology of marine algae: an alternative for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean"
  • Training in best management practices for the production of molluscs in the states of Nayarit and Sinaloa
2 sustainable feed technology
2. Sustainable Feed Technology
  • Local ingredients substituting for fishmeal in tilapia and pacu diets in Guyana
  • Alternative feeds for freshwater aquaculture species
  • Feeding reduction strategies and alternative feeds to reduce production costs of tilapia culture
3 indigenous species development
3. Indigenous Species Development
  • Development of snook (Centropomus spp) seed production technology for application in aquaculture and restocking of over-fished populations
  • Incorporation of the native cichlids, tenhuayaca, Petenia splendida and castarrica, Cichlasoma urophthalmus into sustainable aquaculture in Central America: improvement of seedstock quality and substitution of fish meal use in diets
  • Oyster-relaying and depuration in open ocean locations
4 quality seedstock development
4. Quality Seedstock Development
  • Broodstock seed quality and fingerling production systems rearing for Nile tilapia in the Philippines
  • Development of small-scale Clarias fingerlings as bait for Lake Victoria commercial fisheries in Western Kenya
5 human health impacts of aquaculture
5. Human Health Impacts of Aquaculture
  • Monitoring and reducing microcystins in tilapias and channel catfish cultured in a variety of aquaculture systems
  • Food safety study of leafy greens irrigated with tilapia farm effluents
  • Microbiological quality of shellfish growing waters and tissues
6 food safety value added product development
6. Food Safety & Value-Added Product Development
  • Maximizing the utilization of low value or small size fish for human consumption through appropriate value added production development
7 technology adoption policy development
7. Technology Adoption & Policy Development
  • Feed technology adoption and policy development for fisheries management
  • Internet-based extension podcasts for tilapia farmers in the Philippines
  • AquaFish CRSP sponsorship of the eighth international symposium of Tilapia in aquaculture to be held in Egypt (October 12-14, 2008)
8 marketing economic risk assessment trade
8. Marketing, Economic Risk Assessment, & Trade
  • Competition and impacts between use of low value/trash fish for aquaculture feed versus use for human food
  • Developing supply chain and group marketing systems for fish farmers in Ghana and Kenya
  • On farm verification of tilapia-catfish predation culture
9 watershed integrated coastal zone management
9. Watershed & Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Characterization of pond effluents and biological and physiochemical assessment of receiving waters in Ghana
  • Determination of carrying capacity of the Boca Camichin Estuary in reference to oyster culture
10 mitigating negative environmental impacts
10. Mitigating Negative Environmental Impacts
  • Assessment of diversity and bioecological characteristics of low value/trash fish species
  • Impact of introduction of alien species on the fisheries and biodiversity of indigenous species in Zhanghe Reservoir of China and Tri An Reservoir of Vietnam
  • Elimination of MT from aquaculture masculinization systems: use of catalysis with titanium dioxide and bacterial degradation
new crsp goal and focus
New CRSP Goal and Focus

Goal - “…create global partnerships that develop sustainable solutions in aquaculture and fisheries for improving health, building wealth, conserving natural environments for future generations and strengthening poorer societies ability to self-govern”

  • Focus on reducing poverty in developing countries by improving access to fish and water resources
6 lead projects countries
6 Lead Projects’ Countries
  • LAC: Mexico, Guyana, Nicaragua
  • Asia: Vietnam, China, Nepal, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia
  • Africa: Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania

LWAs - Mali

HCPI Phase II project mentorships (just ended): Honduras, Brasil, South Africa, Thailand, others above

HCPI Phase III: poss. add Bangladesh, Peru (to begin in 2008/9) air breathing fishes