* ICLARM is now known as WorldFish Center

Naga - The *ICLARM Quarterly
Vol. 22, No. 1 (January - March 1999)

*ICLARM is now calling for submissions for the Naga Award competition. The award is given to a scientific paper or book on any aspect of fisheries and/or aquatic resources, written within the last five years, that has had an impact in the field of fisheries science. We are looking forward to receiving nominations for the 1998 Naga Award. The winning entry will be announced in 1999.

*ICLARM itself is very proud to be one of the joint recipients of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Chairman's 1998 Excellence in Science Award for Scientific Partnership. *ICLARM and its partners in government, nongovernment and national research institutions in several countries worked together over 10 years to breed an improved strain of the Nile tilapia through selective breeding techniques. The new strain developed is suited to many tropical environments and has the potential to greatly enhance the productivity and profitability of small-scale aquaculture in developing countries (more on p. 53). We see this award as a very positive step in our efforts to direct attention and recognition to the fact that fish and other aquatic resources are a very important part of the world's food supply and employment potential and must, therefore, be part of any global models and plans for advances in agricultural research and development to feed the world.

Although scientific research by itself is rewarding for the scientists and for enhancing the world's stock of knowledge, it becomes doubly so when its applicability and benefits can be directly demonstrated in ameliorating one of the major human concerns today – food security. In a follow-on project, this improved tilapia breed has already demonstrated its potential in field trials in Bangladesh, China, Thailand and Vietnam. Fisheries organizations in these and several other countries have started to introduce the breed into their aquaculture systems and to do further research on developing breeds more suitable to their specific conditions. The selective breeding technique is also going to be extended and applied to carp – another highly prized and widely consumed fish in developing countries like China and India.

We would like to congratulate all the individuals and organizations that have worked together to achieve this and hope that our "partnerships" will result in many such successes.

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