VOICE OF EDITOR

DATA-DRIVEN SUSTAINABILITY

It feels great to receive immense attention from the fisheries and aquaculture community – national and international experts, academicians, farmers, and stakeholders – for International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture scheduled on November 23-24, 2022, around World Fisheries Day.

This year the conference focuses on creating awareness and educating the local farmers and stakeholders about sustainable fisheries practices and standards so they may better equip with the knowledge and explore the options through sharing experiences and ideas. The theme of the conference is to ensure sustainable fisheries, building a  future for everyone.

We hope this is going to be an excellent networking and learning opportunity. The purpose is to learn from shared global insights, set a roadmap, and define local solutions for aquaculture sustainability.

When it comes to achieving sustainability, we believe data is the foundation.  Whether it’s controlling greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste, or optimizing the supply chain, data management ensures efficiency and profitability. Aquaculture is expanding rapidly to fulfill the global seafood demand however, increased intensification may raise multiple complexities including resource exploitation and environmental impact. The global aqua community is exploring and embracing advanced cloud technologies, sensors, automation, and blockchain to stay resilient, make proactive real-time decisions based on data evidence, improve efficiency, profitability, and traceability along the supply chain and minimize the environmental impact. There are many opportunities associated with data management including innovations, efficient resource management, cut waste and emissions, consumer satisfaction and measure of the performance towards sustainable goals.

In Pakistan, Aquaculture has witnessed steady progress; however, the supply chain is still fragmented. We don’t find any consistent and accurate data about fish, seed, feed, productions, losses, disease and other challenges. There isn’t any resource platform available locally that updates and reports about them. Already the fisheries resources are overly exploited and for aquaculture, there is an increased concern that it should remain sustainable in terms of resource use, providing food and lowering environmental impact.

We believe the sector from this early stage must focus on enhancing connection and collaboration to develop Industry-led approach, conduct surveys and research to build data and make strategies and proactive decisions (based on data evidence) needed to achieve sustainability goals.

To ensure sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, first, we should outline industry-specific goals and set realistic objectives. Following it, create a framework that uses collected data to guide our actions. Finally, the human and technology combination is the ultimate driver of success. An e-platform for the aqua industry will be a game changer. The public-private-academia nexus can collaborate to collect data through periodic feed, seed, and fish surveys and release an annual analytic report about the industry progress, challenges, and consumer trends that would help farmers better prepare and take action accordingly. The collected data would assist in identifying the research gaps and customizing industry-led research. Prioritizing data can ensure a connected, optimized, and sustainable supply chain.

This month edition shares the highlights of world egg day, invites you to be a part of the biggest aqua event of the year. Aqua in depth covers how data management technology can transform aquaculture and Poultry club shares scientific evidence how nutritional approach can prolong the production cycle of aging laying hens.

Hope this would matches your interest and adds to your information and knowledge.

Happy world fisheries day, fish is a future protein… Eat fish and Stay healthy!