Dec, 17, 2021
The International South-South Research Group ASACHA “Agroecology for the sustainability of aquaculture in a context of global change” held its first SC on Wednesday 10 November 2021.

This organizational and working meeting, held by videoconference, lasted about 2 hours and was attended by:
Working group leaders (Jean Fall; Jean-Michel Mortillaro; Sri Puji; Kimchhin Sok; Tran Tu; Charles Boussou; Angela M. Lusiastuti; and Virakbot Hou)
Coordinators (J. Slembrouck and J-C Avarre)

Short reminder of the main results of the questionnaires;
Define the role of group leaders;

  • For information, below are the 4 working groups and their number of members.
    • FISH HEALTH MANAGEMENT (27 participants)
    • FISH NUTRITION (21 participants)
    • ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL ISSUES (17 participants)
    • AQUAC. SYSTEMs & INNOVATION (27 participants)
  • During the meeting 4 parallel sessions (zoom room) of about 30 minutes were created to facilitate exchanges between the leaders of each group and to prepare the facilitation strategy of the working groups.
  • Each group leader presented the results of their discussion and recorded it in the online google doc (see summary below).

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Summary of discussions between group leaders

ASACHA 1st Scientific committee – 10 November 2021

WG1: Aquaculture system conception and innovation (Jean Fall & Jean-Michel Mortillaro)

First activity:

  • A Monthly meeting (Senegal or Madagascar intend to start with the first meeting for the ease of “ice breaking” and facilitate knowing each other and discussion).
  • Shared animation with log note live shared by all meeting participant (google doc)
  • One country presenting at each meeting (30 min presentation and 30 min discussion) including:
    • activities in the country regarding the group (e.g. integrated systems, farmers innovations…)
    • strengths and weakness of aquaculture systems in the country
  • Open group to other countries interested in sharing their activities/strengths and weakness
  • Summary by the end of the 7th meeting expected at a first step to present a shared situation of the aquaculture in ASACHA country members

Second activity:

Monthly brief to highlight the supplementary subjects that everyone wants to share (with illustration) regarding the activities in each country (e.g. dedicated field trip, running experiment, podcast…)

WG2: Nutrition group (Tran Tu & Charles Boussou)

Meeting every 2 months, during this time, we will contact each other through email.
We would like to develop freely. We respect the local development. However, we all follow the core ideas.
We can share information between each other through whatsapp-group.

In Africa, the problem now is making pellet feed. The concerned species are tilapia and a local species. Now they are studying the broodstock nutrition.

WG3: Environment & social group (Sri Pudji & Kimchinn Sok)

1st Meeting / Activity will be:
One day discussion in Environmental & Social issues in fisheries and aquaculture


  • Local concern in environmental issues: climate change, pollution, decreasing of biodiversi-ty/local fish species
  • Local concern in social issues: Pandemic effect, gender issues, Lack of management community (poor of knowledge), Lack of implementing regulation between government & practitioner
  • Every country has their own strategies to overcome those issues. Some strategies suc-ceed to be implemented, but others not
  • By learning the strategy which has been successfully implemented in each country, we need to improve the insight and knowledge through sharing session between the mem-bers of ASACHA


  • Sharing the experiences, especially in dealing with environmental and social issues in fisheries and aquaculture between the ASACHA members
  • Lesson learning from expert (stages of developing strategies to overcome the Environ-mental & Social issues in fisheries and aquaculture)


  • Presentation from each country (7 countries), 20 minutes/country (each country only presented for 1 specific issue, ex. decreasing biodiversity). The topics are chosen from the list on the questionnaire summary. Presentation consist of strategy/concept, imple-mentation & impact of their effort to overcome the issues
  • Lesson learning from the environmental and social expert, 30 minutes
  • Discussion 40 minutes
  • Determine the next topic for the 2nd meeting

WG4: Fish Health Management Working Group (Angela Lusiastuti and Virakbot Hou)

Cambodia needs advance technology for Giant Snakehead (Channa micropeltes), Snake-head murrel (Channa striata), Pangasius species and Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). The problems are parasitic and bacterial disease. Indonesia needs experience especially for young researchers sharing knowledge with other researcher, lecturer or fisheries extension officers from abroad. We agree to meet every two months. During this time, we will make co-ordination by email.

First activity:

  • Ice breaking and suggestions for the next meeting, what topics are needed.
    Because there are 27 participants with the following details: Indonesia (9), Cambodia (5), Senegal (3), Ivory Coast (2), Vietnam (3), Madagascar (1), France (3).
    First short training based on Cambodia’s needs.
    The next training topics depend on Senegal, Ivory Coast and Madagascar needs. Every country should explain their needs in 10 minutes (3-4 slides). Indonesia and Vi-etnam in the last turn. France as an experts.
  • First Short training: to cope fish disease problems in Cambodia in snakehead, tilapia and Pangasius for disease detection and health management.