Asian Fisheries Society
Eleventh Council (2013-2016)

President

Prof. Shuolin HUANG
Shanghai Ocean University
999 Hucheng Huan Road
Shanghai 201306,
P.R.CHINA
E-mail: slhuang@shou.edu.cn

Professor Huang Shuolin received his B.Sc in Engineering from Shanghai Fisheries College in 1982 and M.Sc in Economic from the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE), University of London, United Kingdom in 1987. His research interests are fisheries policy, fisheries legislation, fisheries management, international law of fisheries and the law of the sea. He was a visiting research investigator in the Research Center For International Law, University of Cambridge, UK from September 1994 to April 1995 and was a visiting research fellow in the School of International Development, Nagoya University, Japan from September 1998 to April 1999, where he gained advanced knowledge in the international law of the sea and international law of fisheries. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience in marine fishing and fisheries management. He was a lecturer/associate professor at Shanghai Fisheries University before 1996 and a professor since 1996. Now, he is vice president of China Society of Fisheries and vice president of Shanghai Ocean University. He is editor in Chief of Journal of Fisheries of China.

 

Vice President
Dr. Alice Joan FERRER
University of the Philippines Visayas
General Luna St.,
5000, Iloilo City,
PHILIPPINES
E-mail: aj_ferrer2005@yahoo.com

Dr. Alice Joan G. Ferrer is currently Professor 3 in Economics at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV). She obtained her BS Economics-Psychology from the University of the Philippines Visayas and her Masters and PhD degrees (Economics) from the School of Economics, University of the Philippines.

She has led a number of research projects covering a wide range of areas such as Fisheries Social Science, Fisheries Management, Environmental Policy, Peace and Conflict, Health Policy, Gender and more. Currently, she leads a team developing and testing protocols towards the promotion of Universal Health Care in the Philippines and another team of social scientists from UPV engaged in an international collaborative project on “Coastal Area Capability Enhancement in Southeast Asia”. She is also a member of the design team of Worldfish-led Consortium Research Program on Aquatic Agriculture Systems in the Philippines. She has published journal articles, written a chapter in a book and recently launched a book on disused brackishwaster fishponds and mangrove areas rehabilitation.

 

Immediate Past-President

Dr. Derek STAPLES
Fishery Consultant
105 Beelong St
Macleay Island QLD 4184
AUSTRALIA
Email: derekstap@gmail.com

Dr. Derek Staples is the past Senior Fishery Office at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and is also the past-Secretary of the Asia Pacific Fisheries Commission. He has a PhD in fisheries ecology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a post-doctoral diploma in aquaculture from the Tokyo University of Fisheries, Japan. In his last position, Dr. Staples was responsible for providing technical advice on coastal and offshore fisheries for all of FAO Asian-Pacific Member countries and has been actively involved in a number of FAO projects in Asia, including fishery livelihoods in Bangladesh, fisheries information in several SE Asian countries and the multi-sectoral management in Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem.

Prior to taking up his present post, as the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Resource Sciences (BRS), he was a senior science advisor to Ministers and policy decision makers in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, in Australia (DAFF). Prior to this he was a scientist for many years with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). His interests include all aspects of the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture, particularly small-scale operations in developing countries. Throughout his extensive career as a scientist and policy advisor, Derek has worked in a number of Asian countries as a consultant to FAO, World Bank and IOC/WESTPAC. One well-known example is his work as the team leader on a large multi-national project on penaeid prawns that brought to together the science and marine scientists of several SE Asian countries during the 1980s and 1990s.

Since retirement from FAO in October 2007, Dr. Staples has been employed as a consultant for the FAO to organize and facilitate a workshop on "Managing fishing capacity and IUU fishing in Asia" in Thailand. He has also undertaken a sectoral study on the marine fisheries of India for the World Bank and is currently working on integrating fisheries into Integrated Coastal Management with a consultancy with the Partnership for Environment of the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA).

Dr. Staples was an active member of the Asian Fisheries Society in its early years and was on the editorial board from 1986 to 1993. He participated in the first two Asian Fisheries Forums, but later lost contact with the Society due to work commitments in Australia. However, now that he has retired from FAO, he would like to commit more time and energy into improving the fisheries science in Asia and applying this science to better management of the natural resources of the region.

 

Treasurer

Prof. Aziz ARSHAD
Department of Aquaculture
Faculty of Agriculture
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM, Serdang
Selangor, MALAYSIA
Email: azizar.upm@gmail.com

Prof. Aziz Arshad is currently a Deputy Dean of Agricultural Faculty in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia. He was born in October 1959 and obtained his primary and secondary education in Perlis Malaysia. His bachelor degree is in fisheries (1983) and he graduated with a PhD in marine ecology from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom in 1999. Presently, he is an honorary treasurer of the Asian Fisheries Society (2011-2013). In addition he is also a member of the Marine Biological Association of United Kingdom, Malaysian Fisheries Society, and Malaysian Society of Applied Biology. He has before served in several administrative posts with UPM and also served the Malaysian Fisheries Society (MFS) under the capacity of a treasurer and secretary.

He is a researcher in the field of fisheries biology and his past and on-going research focus on the study on fish ecology and diversity as well as on the reproductive biology and feeding ecology of selected crustaceans and mollusks. To date, Dr Aziz has published 105 journal papers, 14 chapters in book, 56 papers in refereed proceedings, 44 conference abstracts, 26 technical papers, 87 conference papers and 58 consultancy reports in academic publications. He attended 124 conferences/seminars of which 44 were as international participant. In his research career, he coordinates or co-researcher in 30 research projects and involved as consultant in 45 consultancy projects. He graduated seven PhD and three Master students throughout his 28 years career with UPM. Dr Aziz has also won several awards from his participation in the research exhibition within UPM and at national level. He is also a recipient of the 2006 and 2009 University Excellent Career Service Award, and the UPM Vice Chancellor Award (Professional Services) in 2007.

 

Secretary

Dr. Abol MUNAFI

Faculty of Fisheries and Aqua-Industry
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
21030 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
MALAYSIA
Email:
munafi@umt.edu.my

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abol Munafi Ambok Bolong is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries and Aqua-Industry at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. He holds a Bachelor of Fisheries Science from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia in 1987. He completed his Master of Science in Aquaculture at Kochi University, Japan and obtained his PhD in Mariculture from United Graduate School, Ehime University, Japan in 1994.

He has joined Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1994 before joining Universiti Malaysia Terengganu in year 2000. His expertise’s are in fish reproduction and responsible in teaching fish reproduction techniques, ornamental fish culture and live feed culture. His current projects are concerned with the application of nutritional biotechnology in broodstock development of Malaysian Mahseer (Tor tambroides) in captivity, as well as conservation of Terubok (Tenualosa toli) in Sarawak, Malaysia. Furthermore, he also involve on the broodstock and larvae management project for Malaysian Arowana and marine ornamental fish.

To date, a number of 9 PhD and 31 Masters students have succesfully graduated under his supervision. He is also actively appointed by several universities as an External Examiner for Masters and PhD theses. Following to that, several prestigious grants has been awarded due to his excellent achievement in the field of aquaculture, particularly involved in the nutritional and breeding technology of crustacean and fish. Most of his research have been published widely in international journals, book chapters, monographs, and proceedings. His involvement in the societies as well as his active collaboration with many universities and industries have made him one of the keyperson in the niche of aquaculture in Malaysia.

 

The Council Members

Prof. Sang Duk CHOI
Department of Aquaculture
College of Fisheries and Ocean Science
Chonnam National Universiti
96-1 Dunduck-dong, Yeosu,
KOREA
E-mail: choisd@jnu.ac.kr

Dr. Sang Duk Choi is a full professor and has been teaching and conducting research at Chonnam National University, Yeosu, Korea since 1998. He had been a research associate at National Fisheries Research Development Institute for 7 years (1992-1998).

He obtained his Ph. D. degree from Pukyung National University, Korea in 1996. He received his BSc and MSc degrees at the Chonnam National University, Korea in 1989 and 1993, respectively. His research mainly deal with eco friendly aquaculture, ecology of marine invertebrate and marine ranching (stock assessment). He has published over 100 scientific papers in professional journals and many more in books and conference proceedings. Presently he is a member of the Asian Fisheries Society, Korean Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and Korean Society of Oceanography.

Muhammad Fedi Alfiadi SONDITA
Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences
Bogor Agricultural University
Kampus IPB Darmaga Bogor 16680
INDONESIA
Email: fsondita@indo.net.id

A senior lecturer at Department of Fisheries Resources Utilization, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Bogor Agricultural University. Main task is teaching a concept of responsible marine fisheries to students and supervising research projects conducted by postgraduates. He got his Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from James Cook University, Townsville (Australia) in 2000. His MSc in Tropical Coastal Zone Management was obtained from University of Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom) in 1990. His first degree (Sarjana) was obtained in 1986 from the department where he works now. He is interested in sustainability issues of marine fisheries and coastal zone management that include marine conservation. Beside teaching at the university, his activities include providing technical advice for training and education program of the Sea Partnership Program - Indonesia since 2003 and being the Secretary of Capture Fisheries Network since 2008. His experiences include coordinating the Learning Team of USAID-Coastal Resources Management Project (1997-2002), leading the Marginal Fishing Community Development Pilot (World Bank/Japanese Society for Fisheries Development (2005), a member of research team on managing by-catch issues from trawlers (FAO 2007), and supervising the implementation of Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Project (COREMAP/World Bank, 2008-2010).

Dr. Joebert D. TOLEDO
Feedmix SPecialists Inc. II,
No. 53 National Road
2A Dampol St., Pulilan Bulacan
PHILIPPINES
E-mail: jdtoledo52@gmail.com

Dr. Joebert D. Toledo is presently leading the development of a marine finfish seed production program at Feedmix Feed Specialists Inc. in the Philippines. He was the immediate former Chief of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) for three consecutive terms, earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City and completed his Masters and Doctorate degrees at Hiroshima University, Japan.

Expertise and Experience: An accomplished aquaculture scientist, having been a consultant to various international developmental projects, conducted various fish research projects, and publishing research studies in refereed journals on seed production, particularly groupers. Duly recognized by prestigious institutions for his work, including: 1) Dr. Elvira Tan Memorial Award 2001 for Best Published Paper in Marine Fisheries; 2) Department of Agriculture’s Award for R&D 2002; 3) “Gawad Pangisdaan” Award 2004 for Outstanding Fisheries Professional; and 4) Outstanding Professional Fisheries Technologist of the Year by Philippine Professional Regulation Commission. Involved in the planning of a marine fish breeding program for the Government of India and in the technical operations of a private seabass hatchery in Vietnam. Seconded as Marine Fish Seed Production Expert to the Department of Fisheries of Brunei Darussalam. Engaged as technical or management consultant or partner by various aquaculture-related companies in the Philippines, including: RD Fish Hatchery, Santeh Feeds, Feedmix Feeds, Overseas Feeds, Jamandre Hatcheries Inc., CAHAALA Multi-Coop Fish Hatchery, Integrated Services for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries, among other endeavors. Also a proficient trainor, having trained many farmers and government officers throughout Southeast Asia.

Other Professional Activities:

Graduate thesis committee memberships:
University of the Philippines in the Visayas – College of Fisheries

Membership in professional organizations:
Asian Fisheries Society
Physiology Section, American Fisheries Society
Philippine Aquaculture Society
Philippine Fisheries Association
Philippine Association of Japan Ministry of Education Scholars

Reviewer
Aquaculture (Elsevier)
Philippine Journal of Science (Dept of Science and Technology, Philippines)
UPV Journal of Natural Sciences

Dr. Sirawut KLINBUNGA
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology NSTDA
113 Paholyothin Rd. Klong 1
Klong Luang,
Pathumthani 12120
THAILAND
E-mail: sirawut@biotec.or.th

Dr. Sirawut Klinbunga is a Director of Agricultural Biotechnology Research Unit, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand. He graduated a PhD degree from the University of Stirling, UK in 1996 and have joined NSTDA as a researcher since September 1996 until present. Currently, Dr. Klinbunga is a reviewer of more than 30 international journals and one of the editorial broad members of Developmental and Comparative Immunology (DCI). He has published more than 85 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and received several research awards for examples, Outstanding Technologist Award from Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King in 2003, Alumni Achievement Award from Burapha University, Thailand in 2003 and Taguchi Prize for Outstanding Scientist in the Field of Biotechnology from Thai Society of Biotechnology (TSB) in 2004.

His research interests is development of molecular biomarkers to improve the culture and management efficiency of economically important marine species including shrimp, oysters, abalone, crabs and sardines. Presently, he has extended the research on genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics for better understanding on molecular mechanisms of ovarian development in the giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus mondon). Since October 2010, he was appointed as the first Director of Agricultural Biotechnology Research Unit, BIOTEC and elected to be a councilor of the Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) in 2011. Dr. Klinbunga would like to share his experience to apply aquacultural biotechnology for improving better knowledge of this field in the region.

Prof. XinZhong WU
College of Animal Science
Zhejiang University
268 Kaixuan Road
Hangzhou 310029,
CHINA
E-mail: wuxz@zju.edu.cn

Dr. XinZhong Wu obtained Bachelor and Master Degree in Medicine in Third Military Medical University of PLA (1983) and Chongqing University of Medical Sciences (1987). He received his PhD (Marine Biology) from Zhongshan University in 1995. Visiting scientist in University of Alberta, Canada from 2007 to 2008. Associate Research Professor, Research Professor in South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) from 1996 to 2003. Presently Professor of College of Animal Sciences, Zhejiang University. He is a scientist of fish health field such as marine mollusc disease and mollusc and fish immunology. His present research interest focus on the immune mechanisms of mollusk models (oyster and abalone) and fish. Up to now, Dr. Wu has published more than 35 papers in international journals such as Molecular Immunology, Developmental and Comparative Immunology, Fish and Shellfish Immunology, J. of Biotechnology, J. of Invertebrate Pathology, Aquaculture, J. of Fish Diseases, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, Fish Physiology and Biochemistry and so on, and more than 60 papers in Chinese journals. Dr. Wu has demonstrated his originality by studying systematically the rickettsia-like organism diseases and immune-related genes of marine mollusks. For example, he reported for the first time the rickettsia-like organisms (RLOs) in cultured pearl oyster Pinctada maxima and oyster Crassostrea ariakensis, and pathology, epizoology and developmental cycle of RLO from Pinctada maxima and RLO inclusion formation in Pinctada maxima and Crassostrea ariakensis. These achievements make Dr. Wu become a founder of mollusc diseases in China and have an international reputation. Dr. Wu’s important contributions to the understanding of innate immune responses of molluscs at molecular and cellular levels lead to international attention. They originally studied the mollusk (oyster) –pathogen (RLO) interactions at molecular levels. It is tempting to infer that a MAPK/CREB pathway may exist in oyster and contribute to the immune response for RLO. Another study provides important information about the signaling pathways involved in the host defense against RLO. They revealed that CasTRAIL induced a rapid increase in the phospho-ERK and phospho-p38 levels, which indicated that the MAPK pathway was involved in CasTRAIL-mediated signaling. In addition, CasTRAIL also showed an ability of anti-RLO infection which might be through the p38-MAPK activation pathway. They originally identified a CREB homologue in the marine bivalves and demonstrated firstly that C. ariakensis CREB was regulated at the protein level, instead of mRNA level, after RLO stimulation. They originally characterized the molecular diversity of tetraspanin of oyster. The study of gastropod immunobiology have played a role in revising our general concept of invertebrate defense to pathogens including more sophisticated and diversified responses beyond the production of limited repertoires of traditional pattern recognition molecules. Dr. Wu initially carried out a series of researches on abalone innate immunity with H. diversicolor supertexta as a model animal. For example, they identified RelNF-kB(Ab-Rel), histidine triad nucleotide binding protein, Rbx1,UBE2D family, Cytidine deaminase and a Ran molecule. Dr. Wu’s works have been recognized by lots of international citations. Dr. Wu also developed the researches of innate immunity against fish disease from two kinds of marine fish, yellow grouper (Epinephelus awoara) and large yellow croaker (Pseudosciaena crocea), for example DAD1, AIF-1, RGS16, bactericidal BPI, cytochrome P450s 4F7, Cytochrome c oxidase and DP1. One of important field, he has contributed ten patents in marine diseases and human marine drugs. He is now the Councilor of Asian Fisheries Society (2011-2013), the Councilor of Federation of Asian Biotech Association (FABA) (2006-), Member of Steering Committee of the World Oyster Society (WOS) (2007-), Councilor of the China Society of Fisheries (2005-), Councilor of the Chinese Society of Oceanography (2005-), etc. He was a Vice Chairperson and Secretary General, the Second International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia (CAA2) and Chairperson, the Second International Oyster Symposium (IOS2). He was a keynote Speakers in BioAsia 2007 and IOS2. He obtained the Merit Award presented by AFS in November 2007. One of the Editor-in Chief of Proceedings Book of CAA2.

 

Prof. Houng Yung CHEN
Department of Oceanography
National Sun Yat-sen University Kaohsiung,
80424 TAIWAN
E-mail: hychen@mail.nsysu.edu.tw

Houng-Yung Chen is a Professor in the Department of Oceanography and the Dean of the College of Marine Sciences National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He graduated from National Taiwan University with a BS degree in zoology in 1975 and a MS degree in Oceanography in 1978 and received his Ph.D. with the work on crustacean nutrition in1983 from Texas A&M University. He since has worked for the University studying fish and crustacean nutrition and biological oceanography. He has been Principal Investigator of projects studying nutrient (amino acids, vitamins, phospholipids, etc.) requirements and interactions for Penaeus monodon as well as nutrient requirements and interactions with immunity for groupers and cobia. His recent works are adiposity and adipogenesis-related gene expression in cobia. He also engages in trophodynamics study in Taiwan Strait and East China Sea in research projects sponsored by the National Science Council.

As a professor, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses including fish nutrition, physiological ecology of marine organisms and marine ecology. He also works with graduate students in researches mainly in fish and shellfish nutrition. Currently his laboratory has 2 PhD students, 3 MS students and 1 full-time assistant. Most of them work on research dealing with interactions between nutrition and immunity, or molecular nutrition, or immunostimulants. Over the years, Chen has authored more than 50 papers published in refereed journals. Chen has been an active member of the Asian Fisheries Society. He served in the 9th Council between 2004 and 2008.

Prof. Atsushi HAGIWARA
Laboratory of Aquaculture Biology
Institute of Fisheries Science
Graduate School of Fisheries Science and Environmental Studies
Nagasaki University
Bunkyo 1-14, Nagasaki 852-8521
JAPAN
E-mail: hagiwara@nagasaki-u.ac.jp

Professor Atsushi Hagiwara received his doctoral degree in 1988 from The University of Tokyo, and conducted postdoctoral research in Finfish Program at the Oceanic Institute, Hawaii. He joined the faculty at the Nagasaki University in 1988, and is currently the Vice President of the Research Planning. He also serves as a President of Japanese Society for Aquaculture Research, and as an Adviser of the Aquaculture Network (NPO, Japan). Professor Hagiwara's past experience includes having served as a Program Officer of the Research Center for Science Systems at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2010-2012). His research interests include; ecology and physiology of zooplankton, behavioral zoology, larviculture of marine fish, and aquatic toxicology. His laboratory team is currently investigating the behavioral, physiological and molecular responses of rotifers, Artemia, cladocerans, copepods and fish larvae to environmental factors including anthropogenic stress. He has been active to build an international research network, as well as with regional technology transfer both in Japan and abroad. He has published over 160 scholarly articles and book chapters, and has edited a book Live Food in Aquaculture, published by Springer.

Prof. Chen-Huei HUANG
National Chiayi University,
Department of Aquatic Biosciences,
300 University Road
Chiayi TAIWAN.
E-mail: chuhuang@mail.ncyu.edu.tw

Dr. Chen-Huei Huang is with the Department of Aquatic Biosciences and currently the Dean of the College of Life Sciences of National Chiayi University (NCYU), Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1991, M.S. from the University of Maine-Orono in 1986, and B.S. from National Taiwan University in 1980. Following his postdoctoral training at the UMass Marine Station, he returned to NCYU and has been a faculty member specializing in Aquatic Animal Nutrition in the Department of Aquaculture since 1992. During 2002, 2006, and 2007, he conducted sabbatical projects on rock fish and transgenic salmon nutrition at the West Vancouver Laboratory of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. Besides his academic responsibilities, he has served as the Head of the Aquaculture Department (NCYU) from 1993 to 1999. Through his contributions as a researcher and professor, he was awarded the Distinguished Professorship by NCYU in 2011.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Phu Hoa
Nong Lam University - Hochiminh city
(or University of Agriculture and Forestry - Hochiminh city)
Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District,
Hochiminh City,
VIETNAM.
E-mail: phuhoa@hcmuaf.edu.vn or phuhoa0203@yahoo.com

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Phu Hoa has worked for Nong Lam University - Hochiminh City from 1992 to present as a senior lecturer and researcher in Faculty of Fisheries. She has also held the position of Deputy Head of International Cooperation Office since 2009 at Nong Lam University – Hochiminh city.

She obtained her BSc degree in Aquaculture in 1992 from Faculty of Fisheries, Nong Lam University-Hochiminh City. Next, she achieved MSc and Ph.D degrees in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management in 1996 and 2007 from Asian Institute Technology (AIT), Thailand, respectively. She has coordinated more than 20 projects including international, national, provincial, and university levels. She has also authored and co-authored more than 20 papers in Vietnamese and international journals. Especially, she has just composed a textbook of “Water Quality in Aquaculture” (in Vietnamese) in 2012 and co-composed book of “Some key principles and applied techniques for Aquaculture” and participated in translated the book “Biofloc technology: a practical guidance” into Vietnamese.

Dr. Joykrushna JENA
Director, National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources,
Canal Ring Road, PO. Dilkusha,
Lucknow-226002,
INDIA
E-mail: jkjena2@gmail.com 

Dr J. K. Jena, with about 22 years of research experience in different fields of freshwater aquaculture, at presently is serving as the Director of the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow, India. Working in different aspects of freshwater aquaculture, Dr. Jena has contributed to the development of several technologies and research findings, including Breeding and seed production of diversified carp species; Multiple cropping of carps; Technology of intensive carp culture; Treatment of domestic sewage through aquaculture; Cryopreservation of fish milt; Diversification of carp culture with medium carps and Applied aquaculture nutrition. Working in different capacities, including Head of the Aquaculture Production and Environment Division at the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar, India, he has operated over 20 research projects as Principal Investigator.

He has published over 90 Research Papers in national and international journals of repute, besides contributed to the publication of 5 Books, 15 Book chapters, 5 Review Papers, over 50 Popular articles and 100 Research Abstracts. The work of Dr. Jena was acclaimed by several national awards including ICAR Award for the Team Research; Special one time Award by ICAR; Prof. H.P.C. Shetty Award by Asian Fisheries Society, Indian Branch; several young scientist awards, and Fellowships by different societies. During 2013, Dr Jena was conferred with Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award, a high individual recognition by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for his significant research contribution on diversification of freshwater aquaculture. He has served as Member or Expert member of different national level committees.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thaithaworn Lirdwitayaprasit
Department of Marine Science, Faculty Science,
Chulalongkorn University,
Phayathai Road, Bangkok 10330,
THAILAND
E-mail: Thaithaworn.L@chula.ac.th 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. THaithaworn Lirdwitayaprasit is currently the Head Department of Marine Science, Chulalongkorn University. He holds the Bachelor and Master Degree of Marine Science from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 1987. He obtained his Ph.D. in Marine Ecological Chemistry from United Graduate School, Ehime University (studied at Kagawa University), Japan in 1990.

He has worked for the Department of Fisheries during the period of 1983-1996 before moved to Chulalongkorn University in 1997. His expertise is in eco-physiology of causative red tide organisms and management of red tide phenomena. He also interested in marine aquaculture especially shrimp culture.

Prof. Neil LONERAGAN
Division of Sciences and Engineering,
Murdoch University, South St. Murdoch,
WA 6150 AUSTRALIA 
E-mail: n.loneragan@murdoch.edu.au

Prof Neil Loneragan is the Director of the Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystem Fisheries Research and hold the inaugural Chair in Fisheries Science in the School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology at Murdoch University, Western Australia. Prior to joining Murdoch University in 2005, he spent 14 years with CSIRO, based in Queensland, investigating the linkages between coastal habitats, fisheries production (particularly penaeid prawns) and biodiversity and stock enhancement across northern Australia. This included leading major interdisciplinary research teams on stock enhancement and estuaries in Australia and southeast Asia. More recently, he has been developing research in ecosystem approaches to fisheries and cetacean populations, fisheries ecology and fisheries interactions with protected, threatened, and endangered species. He has supervised research students in the areas of fisheries ecology, trophic ecology of estuarine and marine ecosystems and the biology and behaviour of crustaceans. Currently he also teaches undergraduates in Ecology, Marine and Estuarine Biology and the Sustainable Management of Fish and Wildlife populations.

He has published over 80 papers in international journals, including major reviews of mangrove fishery linkages and stock enhancement, and lead significant, multi-disciplinary projects in fisheries ecology and prawn stock enhancement. He has published over 40 major reports for funding bodies such as the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation of Australia and the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research. He has also been invited as a national and international reviewer of research for projects for the Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research, the University of Wageningen.

He was the Co-convener of the 8th Indo Pacific Fish Conference (Perth, 2009) and the Chair of the International Scientific Committee for the 4th International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching (Shanghai, 2011).