Dr. Ravi Fotedar
BSc(H), MSc., M.Phil., PhD., MBA
Ravi Fotedar’s expertise is in Sustainable Aquaculture, both marine and freshwater. After completing Master of Philosophy degree in Aquaculture from the University of Delhi, India in 1986, Ravi has first-hand experience in dealing with all aspects of aquaculture sustainability issues, including sustainable production, environmental impacts of aquaculture, post-harvest handling/processing, value addition/quality assurance of seafood (SQF – Safe Quality Food), international marketing, and project management. As a manager of seafood business with Tata Exports, Ltd, Ravi developed close business relationships with multinational companies (San Miguel, Philippines; CP, Thailand; Frigoscandia, Sweden and Neptune Fisheries, USA). All these companies are leaders in aquaculture and seafood processing. Ravi’s role in these companies ranged from technical advisor/consultant to business development manager.
Ravi migrated to Perth in 1992 and completed his PhD in aquaculture nutrition and then MBA, both from the Curtin University, while working as a Fish Hatchery Manager with the University.
Ravi’s expertise is in production biology of aquaculture species, which is enforced by his research in aquaculture nutrition. Ravi’s main research areas include a) investigating various feed-additives in fish-diets for improved immunocompetence and sustainability; b) nutrient recycling in integrated aquaculture systems and c) physiological adaptations of aquatic species when reared in inland saline waters and d) use of biotechnological innovations to improve the water quality. All these research areas are aimed at improving the sustainability of aquaculture industry. Currently Ravi is focussing on the use of biotechnological innovations to improve the productivity of aquaculture through sustainable and environmentally friendly means, which also involves the use of custom-made feed additives including pre and probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics in the aquaculture industry. Ravi has a PhD degree in marron nutrition and several peer-reviewed publications on marron aquaculture.
While working as an academic in Curtin University, Ravi has successfully completed various international (Vietnam – funded by AusAid: Indonesia – commercial funding) and domestic projects in aquaculture. He has successfully supervised more than 40 higher degree research (HDR) students to completion. Currently, he is supervising another 9 HDR students. His students have acquired the most competitive jobs in the field of aquaculture. He has also established a new post graduate course in Sustainable Aquaculture in Curtin University. Ravi currently enjoys active collaborations with the Institute of Oceanography, Vietnam, Aquaculture Research Institute #1, Vietnam, Diponegoro University, Indonesia and DURACK, Geraldton, WA, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, India.
Ravi has more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles in international journals and has published a book on “Recent advances and new Species in Aquaculture” and a manual for marron farmers.
Current Areas of Interest:
- Formulating ecologically sustainable formulated feed for aquaculture industry
- Using recent biotechnological innovations to improve water quality of the production systems
- Improving the immunocompetence of aquatic species to reduce reliance on antibiotics and chemicals
- Setting up of environment-friendly fish production systems
- Conducting R and D activities in different areas of aquaculture (including post-harvest and shelf-life of aquatic products)
- Updating ..
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