This annual report highlights some of our key achievements over the past year as we progress towards our impact targets. In Asia and Africa, our genetic improvement program took a major step forward with the use of genomic selection tools to introduce characteristics such as disease resistance and feed efficiency into our improved tilapia strains. These are vital for ensuring the productivity and sustainability of fish farms, particularly in Africa, where aquaculture investment is critical to meet current and future food demands.
In Bangladesh, production of hilsa, the national fish, has increased dramatically, in large part due to our work with the Department of Fisheries and local communities to conserve and restore depleted stocks. As production heads towards half a million metric tons per year, the government is looking to lift the ban on hilsa exports, which has been in place since 2012.
In Cambodia, the number of community fish refuges, which provide a dry season sanctuary for brood fish, was increased from 40 to 134, directly benefiting well over half a million people through better access to fish in the wet season.
FISH work in Myanmar, complementing bilaterally funded WorldFish research, has boosted household consumption of small fish by 13 percent on average, with a particular effect on the nutrition and development of under-fives. As FISH activities continue to develop, the inputs from the program will enhance impacts that contribute to achieving the WorldFish strategy, creating long-lasting change for the millions of people who depend on fish in the developing world.
Dr. Gareth Johnstone
Director General Designate (incoming)
Dr. Blake Ratner
Director General (outgoing)
Board of Trustees
Dr. Yvonne Pinto, Board Chair, Agricultural Learning and Impact Network (ALINe), United Kingdom
Mr. Hee Kong Yong, Chair of the Audit Committee, Malaysia
Mr. Anthony Long, Chair of the Governance Committee, Belgium
Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, CORAF, Senegal
Prof. Dr. Ayman Anwar Ammar, Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research (CLAR), Egypt
Prof. Baba Yusuf Abubakar, Nigeria
YBhg. Dato’ Haji Munir Haji Mohd Nawi, Department of Fisheries, Malaysia
Prof. Tony Haymet, Scripps, Australia
Dr. Gareth Johnstone, WorldFish
Dr. Elizabeth Woods, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australia (term ended 31 December 2017)
Dr. Blake Ratner, WorldFish (term ended 31 December 2017)
Prof. Dr. Rose Emma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana (term ended 31 December 2017)
YBhg. Datuk Hj. Ismail Bin Abu Hassan, Department of Fisheries, Malaysia (term ended 25 October 2017)
Prof. Mohamed Fathy Osman, Ain Shams University, Egypt (term ended 7 October 2017)
Ms. Belinda Yang, Istuary Innovation Labs Inc., Canada (term ended 30 June 2017)