Webinars to raise awareness on aquaculture industry

A screen capture of the webinar speakers and participants.

MIRI: Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) is organising a series of free public webinars on aquaculture in collaboration with Curtin University Australia.

Organised in conjunction with its new Master of Science in Sustainable Aquaculture postgraduate degree this July, the series started on April 6.

The title of the webinar was Aquaculture in Sarawak; challenges and opportunities.

The webinar featured three aquaculture experts – Prof Ravi Fotedar of Curtin University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering in Perth; Chin Han Kiat, a senior fisheries officer with Sarawak’s Department of Agriculture; and June Moh Hwei Yieng, head of the State Fisheries Biosecurity Branch, Department of Agriculture’s Sarawak Regional Fisheries Biosecurity Centre.

The event comprised 60 participants from academia, government and industry.

The discourses were on the science of aquaculture and trends in the global and regional aquaculture industry, research in the field, as well as the current status and development of aquaculture in Sarawak.

Curtin Malaysia pro-vice-chancellor and president, Prof Simon Leunig, remarked that the introduction of the two-year Master of Science in Sustainable Aquaculture and the establishment of an aquaculture research facility at Curtin Malaysia was timely given the anticipated rapid development of commercial aquaculture in Sarawak in the coming years.

“Curtin Malaysia sees the opportunity to establish itself in several research areas that are suited for its location and tropical environment in Sarawak, and it is obvious that is the perfect location to conduct aquaculture research which Curtin has been carrying out for many years.”

Prof Leunig said it was intended that Curtin Malaysia would run a significant programme around aquaculture, including teaching and research, over the next few years as part of its ongoing development and in the interests of helping develop the local economy.

Key to this would be the development of a major aquaculture facility which would be the most significant aquaculture facility at a tertiary institution in Malaysia, putting Curtin Malaysia at the forefront in terms of technology, equipment and research.

For more information on the Master of Science in Sustainable Aquaculture, visit Curtin Malaysia’s postgraduate coursework courses website at https://courses.curtin.edu.my/courses-and-study/postgrad/coursework/

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