IAMSLIC 41st Annual Conference Day 2

Wednesday – 9 September 2015
Submitted by Kris Anderson

Today is Blue Growth Day!  Blue Growth is an FAO initiative to address sustainability in food from the ocean.
Pauline Simpson introduced our first speakers, Lahsen Ababouch and Marc Taconet of FAO.  Lahsen started with statistics and projections of fish production worldwide.  The Blue Growth initiative focuses on four areas: capture fisheries, aquaculture, processing, and cultural importance.  The Initiative addresses environmental and socio-economic considerations related to the four areas of focus.  Blue Growth focuses on food security where Blue Economy involves ALL uses of the oceans.  Marc Taconet talked about information needs related to forwarding the initiative.  FAO offers much information on related websites for our use.  An example is: http://www.fao.org/biodiversity/cross-sectoral-issues/ecosystem-approach/en/
For those interested in fisheries, you should look at the SOFIA reports (State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture): http://www.fao.org/fishery/sofia/en

Suzette Soomai was the next speaker.  Her focus is advancing the Blue Growth agenda. She is working on her PhD and focusing on scientific information use in influencing/driving policy.  There is a need to bridge the gap between conceptual use of science and engagement of data support in creating policy.  There are “drivers, enablers and barriers in the information pathways” that must be identified in order to move forward.

Anton Ellenbroek followed Suzette and he informed us about iMarine Dataset Citation. www.i-marine.eu/
Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources.
He briefly commented on copyright and ownership issues and the went on to show what is in iMarine.  The issues surrounding sharing data were addressed.  The next step is BlueBridge.  http://tinyurl.com/pu4pogl

Yay!! Break!  Stretch the legs and swill some coffee.

Next topic was OpenAIRE, an Open Access Publication infrastructure for Europe. https://www.openaire.eu  The presentation was delivered by Alessia Bardi.  She gave a summary of the history and the examples of what is contained and who is depositing.  They are also looking to BlueBridge.

Uwe Barg followed Alessia to present the project under development to collate Codes of Practice (COP) or Better Management Practices (BMP) for Aquaculture.  They have compiled 350 documents from around the world thus far. The ultimate goal is to make these documents available online on the FAO/FI site and also in Aquatic Commons.


Dorothy Barr reminded all paper and poster presenters to get their submissions to Dorothy in a timely manner!!

Michelle Leonard then introduced Stephen Alayon who explained the importance of fisheries in the Philippines and Asia in general.  He then discussed how marine and aquatic information is disseminated in Asia.  Stephen did a study on the topic.  He first did an inventory, then a survey of institutions.  His survey requested who was in charge of information and asked about knowledge/membership in IAMSLIC.  International partnerships for document exchange were also identified.  Last was information about ASFA and ASFA partnership and knowledge/interest in Aquatic Commons.  Stephen closed with a brief mention of interest in creating an Asian regional group.

Following Stephen, Rizia Begum told us about fisheries information users in Bangladesh.   Since 1984 fish production in Bangladesh has increased over 400%.  There are 100,000 seekers of fisheries information.  Rizia then gave us a breakdown of services provided. She recommended increase flow in information sharing, expansion of Aquatic Commons, and establishment of a regional repository.

Last of presentations for the day was Daryl Superio. Daryl did a survey of milkfish aquaculturists in certain areas of the Philippines.  His findings identified profile info about the respondents from age, education, knowledge of laws applicable to aquaculture, health and safety, and information seeking behavior.  Libraries are not utilized for daily information needs.  Most relied on personal communication for daily information needs. His conclusions discussed preferred methods of dissemination to support this important industry.


Business Meeting, whoo hoo!!!

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