Edson José is heading home with that feeling of mission accomplished. After 14 months of hard work he, successfully, defended his thesis “The Effects of Climate Change on Coastal Aquaculture in British Columbia. An Examination of Anticipated Impacts in the Strait of Georgia” on November 23 with no changes to make. During the period of his graduate program, Edson had some opportunities to participate in conferences, field trips, as well as get know more about the wild life on Vancouver Island. He looks forward to joining his family and colleagues at INAQUA and applying some techniques and knowledge he gathered in Canada to best help aquaculture development in Mozambique.
Simao Zacarias, SOED graduate student at UFSC, had an opportunity to participate in this conference held from November 7 - 9, 2012, in Salvador, Bahia, northeast of Brazil. Besides the fair of fishery and aquaculture which exposed equipment, books, scientific posters, Simao attended two presentations; one on shrimp culture and the other on marine fish culture. These presentations were very valuable as Simao found out that several species culture can be related to Mozambique realities as well as had a chance to discuss some issues related to his master program project. On top of that Simao left some doors open with great contacts with delegates of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (and an invitation to take a short course in Japan) and reseachers from University of Miami. Not to mention an opportunity to meet the Minister of Fishery and Aquaculture of Brazil (pictured with Simão).
Detailed report available on student section.
The last training held in Mozambique could not be better with the participation of UFSC members, Prof Dr. Luis Vinatea and two students Scheila Pereira and Lucas Cardoso. The team, firstly, arrived in Maputo for "General aquaculture" training from October 15-23 and then headed to Quelimane for "Scientific research methodology in aquaculture" course at the School of Marine and Coastal Science, from October 25 - 27, 2012. In Maputo, the training was held at INAQUA's head office with 15 participants being the majority extensionists from fisheries and agriculture sector. At the school, the target public was master's students and faculty, total of 10 attendees. Both courses were designed to attend each institution's needs, with practical classes since it is always requested by our Mozambican partners.
Detailed report on Course section
To watch part of INAQUA practical class:
It was held from September 02 to 05, 2012, the XII Brazilian Meeting of Pathology of Aquatic Organisms (ENBRAPOA) in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. This conference brought together renowned researchers in this important area of knowledge in Brazil and abroad, and involved significant producers, technicians, undergraduates and graduates students, etc. Thus, Genyess Vieria, a graduate student at UFSC, had the opportunity to present a poster in the pathology area titled " The use of probiotics in the conservation and inhibition of Vibrio spp in mussel supplied for marine shrimp reproducers Litopenaeus vannamei." This conference allowed her to know more about problems, researchs, current technologies related to pathology of aquatic organisms and to increase her academic and professional networking.
Detailed report available on student section.
Two fishermen and members of the Fisheries Community Council of Paindane, Inhambane, Mozambique, were selected for an intensive training in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The 30-day training was held at two distinct companies: Moluskus Fazenda Marinha Ltda and Cavalo Marinho Criação e Beneficiamento de Frutos do Mar Ltda, on oyster and mussels cultures, respectively. During this period, the participants had an opportunity to learn about cultivation process techniques, how to better select the location, culture methods, equipment used for the respective culture and commercialization. Furthermore, Mr. Miguel and Mr. Justino also participated in a short internship at a mussel company for commercialization. Surely, it was a valuable experience for both of fishermen who came back to their
country willing to apply in practice what they gathered in Brazil.
For the third time Dr. Luis Vinatea, a prof. from UFSC, arrived in Mozambique for one more training. During July 2 - July 13, Vinatea and Scheila (an UFSC aquaculture student who helped him to carry out this course) delivered two different courses "Analitycal chemistry applied to aquaculture" and "Water quality in freshwater fish culture" at the School of Marine and Coastal Science and at INAQUA, respectively. At the school the attendees were master's students, faculty and some technicians from Aquapesca and Aquacquel totalizing 25 participants. In Maputo, the course was focused on INAQUA extensionists as well as some fish farmers (total of 15 people). No need to mention that these 2 trainings were well delivered and successful and both instituitions requested Dr. Vinatea back to Mozambican land.
Report is available on course section.
Sunday morning of June 10th, Edson Jose, UVic graduate student, arrived in Rimouski to participate in the 10th International Conference Coastal Zone Canada. The conference was held from June 10th to June 14th exploring the theme "time for action" where participants discussed the main challenges that coastal communities will face due to climate adversities besides others interesting topics. This was a great opportunity for Edson to interact with people who carry out similar researches as his as well as to deepen his knowledge of GIS techiniques.
Participation report available on student section
It was held at the School of Marine and Coastal Science, in Quelimane, from April 17 to April 20, a four day intensive workshop on "Business Aspects of Aquaculture" carried out by UVic professor Dr. Stephen Cross. Those 17 participants, among graduate students, technicians and professionals in aquaculture field, discussed on development of aquaculture business, elements of a business plan, as well as made a presentation about a business plan simulating they were opening a new aquaculture enterprise.
An assessment report is available on course section.
To follow up on the aquaculture pilot farm activities in Angoche, INAQUA technician Mr. Gelane Ussane did a site visit from April 14 - 19, 2012. He was pleased told that five more farmers have joined the 2 first farmers, totalizing now 7 farmers and 23 tanks. Currently, 12 tanks are stocked with fish, 1 with shrimp and 10 are empty for maintenance. Some of the farmers also participated in the International Business Aquaculture Conference held in Pemba, 2011 and received training by the project. Some farmers mentioned that they have been inspired by those two pioneers, Mr. Omar and Mr. Momade.
Site visit report available on report section.
Jack Littlepage (UVic) and Antoinette Chibi (AUCC) arrived in Mozambique in the end of March 2012 to review SOED activities. Initially, they met with INAQUA Co- Director and employees, in Maputo, and two days later they met with ESCMC team, in Quelimane. Taking advantage of his stay in Quelimane, Jack gave two lectures on shellfish culture to graduate students from ESCMC. After his meetings in Mozambique, he headed to Brazil where had an opportunity to talk to the two SOED graduate students at UFSC as well as met with UFSC and EPAGRI project`s partners.
One more student from the School of Marine and Coastal Science arrived in Brazil in the beginning of March/12. Simão Zacarias, who finished an undergraduate program on Marine Biology in September 2011, joined his graduate colleagues at UFSC under Prof. Luis Vinatea supervision, focusing on water quality in aquaculture.
Based on his dedication and commitment showed during his studies, trainings and workshops, Simão will successfully execute this academic task.
The Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers annual meeting was held in Kelowna from March 8 - 10, 2012 and once again UVic students shined among them Jessica Blythe, Ph.D student. She presented a paper titled " Adapting to environmental change in the artisanal fisheries in Mozambique", which investigates how communities perceive and respond to environmental change by measuring livelihood risks, household assets and adaptive strategies. A copy of her presentation is available on students section.
November 15th, 2011
Two technicians from INAQUA - Mr. Claudio Bonga and Ms. Alda Maria - went to Brazil from October 15 to October 31 to be trained by Mr. Albertino Zamparetti (technician from EPAGRI). These 15 days of training were filled with dynamic activities such as: visit to the EPAGRI training centre, lab classes, visit to several fingerling producers, workshop on tilapia products, etc. This training was an excellent opportunity to learn with partners not only about fish culture, but also a way of getting to know more about this wonderful work that EPAGRI has with extensionists and commumities.
Detailed report available in Portuguese (section "courses")
To celebrate and be a part of the 11th annual International Education Week at UVic, CFGS promoted a Symposium entitled "Global Interdependence and You" on November 14th followed by an open house at the CFGS headquarters. The Symposium could not start better as it was a honour to have the Elder Dr. Marie Cooper who gave an interesting and exciting speech to kick off this event. This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of some international projects conducted by CFGS units and it was a successful event with the participation of approximately 140 people. Among many interesting projects, Dr. Jack Littlepage presented on SOED project in Mozambique.
Dr. Antonio Hoguane (Director of ESCMC) participated in the 7th WIOMSA (Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association) Scientific Symposium held in Mombasa, Kenya from 24-29 October 2011. The Symposium brought together practioners, academics, reseachers as well students, to share experience and solutions to the challenges experienced in their coastal and marine environment. Following the theme "Coping with Global Change", Dr. Hoguane made a presentation on "Rainfall and artisanal fisheries in Mozambique" which was attended by many participants and with interest. This was also a great opportunity to let people know more about the growing aquaculture activites in Mozambique and expand his network for future projects.
The water quality in shrimp culture training was held at the School of Marine and Coastal Science (ESCMC) from October 3 to 7, in Quelimane, Mozambique. This was the second course delivered by Dr. Luis Vinatea, a professor from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), but this time he brought a student, Scheila Pereira, to assist him on his classes (practical and theoretical). A total of 35 people attended this training among them students and faculty from ESCMC, technicians from INAQUA, AQUAPESCA and AQUACQUEL. Due to success of this course, the participants requested one more training on aquaculture for the next year. UFSC kindly donated someequipment such as: Oxygen meter, pH meter and refractometer.
Detailed report click here (Portuguese)
Blue sky, bright sun and temperature above 20oC ... just a perfect weather to welcome Edson José the first graduate student from Mozambique at UVic. Edson has earned a Bachelor of Science and spent the past four years working for INAQUA (National Institute for Aquaculture Development) and started his masters program in the Geography Department under Dr. Mark Flaherty supervision.
It is available on Resources section - Tilapia Project a protocol for taking pH measurement of soil (in Portuguese). This material has been kindly provided by Prof. Luis Vinatea (Federal University of Santa Catarina) and it is a great tool to help students at the School of Marine and Coastal Sciences on their tilapia culture project.
It was held in Quelimane, from June 27 to 30, a shrimp culture training at Aquapesca farm for goverrnment extension workers and artisinal farmers. This course, in cooperation with Aquapesca and INAQUA, focused on training and encouragement for aquaculture production in small scale. Many subjects were addressed such as: practical demonstrations on larvae reception, handling, transferring, stocking grow out and nursery ponds as well as general information on aquaculture and activities carried out by Aquapesca.
Detailed report available on courses section.
The other SOED student who attended the WAS conference was Ms. Genyess Vieira. She started her graduate studies in March/11, but had already the opportunity to follow her colleagues to this excited event. Although, Ms. Genyess has not had any research work posted, she took advantage of every minute of it participating in several seminars, courses, not to mention expanding her network in the aquaculture field. One of them was the president of ABCC ( Brazilian Shrimp Farmers Association) Mr. Itamar Rocha, who is pictured with Ms. Genyess (right).
The World Aquaculture Society was held in Natal from June 6 to 10 and well represented by the students from the Federal University of Santa Catarina among them Mr. Manecas Baloi, SOED graduate student. Besides his poster presentation on "Performance of Litopenaeus vannamei postlarvae cultured in reclaimed water from super intensive zero-exchange shrimp pond", Mr. Manecas, from Mozambique, had the opportunity to deepen his knowledge as well as expand his network including other Africans who were representing their respective countries.
Jessica Blythe attended the AAG (Association of American Geographers) Annual Meeting held in Seattle from April 15 to April 17. She was accepted to present a paper. The title was " Responding to change in rural fishing communities: insights on resilience and vulnerability from coastal Mozambique", which is totaly related to her research she has been doing in Mozambique. Her presentation is available on the students section.
At the beggining of March 2011 Geny joined to her colleague Manecas Baloi from the School of Marine and Coastal Science to do her masters program in aquaculture at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). In this first semester she will be taking four courses: Biochemistry, Statistics, Water quality management in aquaculture and shrimp reproduction technologies.
We all wish her good luck and success in her studies and professional career!
After spending almost four months at UEM - ESCMC in Quelimane, Mozambique, Jessica Blythe returned to Canada on December 11th. She conducted research in four communities with the help of students from UEM-ESCMC as all surveys and interviews were in Portuguese. Additionally, Jessica taught Fisheries Ecology at the Master's level at UEM-ESCMC and developed great relationships with her students. "Living in Quelimane for almost four months allowed me to observe daily routines in and around the city and gain a more nuanced understanding of life in that part of Mozambique" said Jessica. Her research report is available on student's section.
The SOED project bought few more books from Brazil for the library at the School of Marine and Cost al Science in Quelimane. The books are:Fundamentals of Ecology and Manual of Identification of Marine Invertebrates. Besides these, the school also received books on Aquaculture: Brazilian experiences and Water quality in aquaculture, donated by the department of aquaculture at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and by Prof. Luis Vinatea (UFSC), respectively.
Dr. Luis Vinatea a professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) went to Mozambique to deliver a workshop on Aquaculture and Environment. This workshop was held at INAQUA (Maputo) from October 25th to October 26th and at ESCMC (Quelimane) from October 27th to 29th. The main objective of this workshop was to promote good management practices in sustainable aquaculture where they discussed on water and aquatic ecosystem, water quality, physical, chemical and biological factors, environmental impact, good management practices and sustainable aquaculture. About 45 people, among students and technicians, attended it and they wish they had more time as everything was extremelly interesting.
It was early in the evening, but already dark when Genyess and Edson shuffled off a small jet from Vancouver, the fourth leg of their treck from Mozambique, after nearly two days of seatbelt signs and baggage carousels. In true Victoria style, it was January and there was no snow. But Geny and Edson, used to the wet heat of their home on the southeast coast of Africa, shivered in Canada's best winter weather.
Dr. Jack Littlepage is this year's recipient of the Louis Perinbam Award in International Development. In deciding upon his nomination, the trustees commented on his extensive volunteer work, particulary since 2000, and the wide ranging impact of his shellfish technology transfer program.
The award will be presented on the opening ceremony night of the Annual Assembly of World University Service of Canada on November 5th, in Ottawa.
Two Brazilian technicians from EPAGRI, Dr. Jorge Casaca e Dr. Albertino Zamparetti, delivered a tilapia training in Maputo, Mozambique, from September 22 to September 30, 2010. This tranining counted on 21 people among technicians and master students in aquaculture and was divided in 2 parts: theory and hands on activities. The group visited a tilapia farm located in Marracuene and gathered some species of tilapia for lab analysis and others practical activites. The last day of the course the Inaqua adjunct director e the head of department of technology and extension handed out the certificates to all participants and celebrated the success of this training.
A detailed report is available on "course" section.
The second workshop on HIV/AIDS was delivered on the 25th of September at the School of Marine and Coastal Science. The guest speaker talked about this disease and its impacts on the community. There were about 37 people and they watched the movie "Prego na cabeça" and worked together in small groups and presented their discussions.
Jessica Blythe, PhD student - Department of Geography, is carrying out her doctoral research in Quelimane, Mozambique. She is working with three communities named Zalala, Inhangome and Inhanssunge. These were chosen for their similiarities of size, population demographic and differing livelihood strategies - a coastal fishing, an estuarine fishing and a community dependent of the aquaculture industry, respectively. Her research investigates the relationship between vulnerability, adaptive capacity and resilience in these three communities.
On August 21st the HIV/AIDS workshop took place at the School of Marine and Coastal Sciences. The program included an introduction and basic concept on HIV/AIDS, STD and gender issues. The guest speaker was Mr. Merino who works at National AIDS Council, Mozambique.
About 45 people participated at the workshop and they worked in groups to prepare their presentations according to the topic given to each group. More workshops are scheduled to happen this year.
The staff at the Southern Oceans Educational and Development (SOED)believe that a solution to rural poverty can be found beneath a few feet of sea water. After years of experience building capacity for subsistence aquaculture in Brazil, SOED director Dr. Jack Littlepage set his sight on the coastal nation of Mozambique in southeastern of Africa. A country of meandering rivers, rugged highlands and wide-open lowlands, Mozambique is rich in natural resources and has enormous potential for small and large scale aquaculture.
with innovation as researchers and academics promote tangible policy solutions
to international concerns. Among these are Governance and Leadership, Women's and
Fisheries Management and Applied Oceanography.
The master’s program focuses on training human resources who can meet the ountry’s needs related to the integral and sustainable use of resources, conservation of marine and coastal resources for social welfare and sustainable economic development of Mozambique.
Ms. Nelia Paul gets her diploma