The 8th International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture 2021
– CALL FOR PAPERS –
It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 8th Edition of International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture 2021 (ICFA 2021). ICFA 2021 will be a premier international forum which covers innovative approaches, new techniques and systems of the industry of Fisheries and Aquaculture while creating an excellent opportunity to meet researchers and world prominent speakers.
The key purpose of ICFA 2021 is to share the knowledge about the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on Fisheries and Aquaculture and to discuss and build consensus on issues, challenges and opportunities for managing fisheries and aquaculture in the “New Normal” environment.
“ Managing Fisheries and Aquaculture under New Normal Environment: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities ”
COVID-19 pandemic has become a global crisis and resulted in an economic crisis around the world. Fisheries and Aquaculture industry plays an important role in the food system of millions of the people in the world. Fisheries industry has strongly collapsed with the pandemic due to health and trade restrictions.
Even though the fish consumption is not directly being affected by COVID-19, change of consumer demands and health procedures cause a threat to the fisheries industry. It highly impacted on the income of many people. Travel restrictions between the countries created difficulties in logistics and transportation. Hospitality sector represented a significant part of the fish consumption around the world which was highly impacted due to social distancing, Closure of fish markets and cancellation of events.
Novel Coronavirus still has uncertainties and is predicted to create implications on the fish industry in many countries for long term. Exports of fisheries products dropped by at least one third with the pandemic. Currently Fisheries sector needs more support from the Government and respective organizations in order to continue with sustainable stock management and fishing traceability system. It is essential to understand the importance of transition from fresh fish to value added processed products to enhance the opportunities during the pandemic. Proper knowledge and processes for transport and logistics service will help to minimize the waste in production.
Small-scale fishers who are self-employed are highly affected with the pandemic since they do not have income or health coverage. They are not in a position to afford the family expenses, operational costs or to repay the loan outstanding for banks. Government has to take the steps towards implementing new procedures along with the support of the lending institutions in order to grant financial facilities to such people. It needs to be designed to cover the loan outstanding and working capital requirements of fish farmers under proper scheme. Currently fisheries industry needs more facilities with financial services in order to cope with climate change and for sustainability of the industry as well.
Feeding and nutrition is a crucial factor for growth and sustainability of the Fishery and Aquaculture industry. There is an urgent need of identifying issues related to cost and availability of the feeding resources. It is vital to focus on new research on novel feed resources such as herbs which prevents the harmful effects on fish muscles which effect on human health in return.
It is indispensable to bring the health approach to make the fisheries and aquaculture industry resilient to pandemic situations in the future. Industry needs more innovative methods and modern technological approaches to produce more food and enhance nutrition.
Modern knowledge and innovations are essential to overcome the pandemic situation and face the challenges successfully in coming years. ICFA 2021 Conference will bring valuable observations, new researches and practices into one platform in order to fulfill the requirements and adapt to the new situation while achieving sustainability of Fisheries and Aquaculture industry.
ICFA 2021 will be a 02-day program which will provide a platform to share your research work and publish with well-known publishers. We welcome innovative researchers to forward your abstract which focus on the theme of “Managing Fisheries and Aquaculture under New Normal Environment: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities”.