JIRCAS International Symposium 2022
"Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Sustainable Food Systems"

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  The global food systems have faced an unprecedent challenge to ensure food and nutrition security for the 10 billion people projected by 2050, while mitigating climate change and avoiding biodiversity loss, and without leaving anyone behind. In this trajectory, the potential of ‘blue foods‘— animals, plants, and algae harvested from freshwater and marine environments — has been increasingly attracting global attention in realizing food systems transformation towards achieving both human and planetary health. 
 Blue foods, with their enormous diversity in species, can contribute to the diversification of diets rich in macro- and micronutrients. Furthermore, fisheries and aquaculture can provide proteins more efficiently than other food groups, with far-less per unit-weight greenhouse gas emissions than land-based animals. In building the sustainable food systems, fisheries and aquaculture are expected to play an important role.  
  At the same time, blue foods have been a culturally essential component of healthy diets in which small-scale fishers and artisanal aquaculture employees play a critical role. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022), expecting positive cascading effects by highlighting their importance in the sustainable food systems transformation. 
  In Asia, which accounts for nearly 75% of the global supply of fishery and aquaculture products, the majority of players are small-scale artisanal fishers, fish farmers, and aquaculture workers. Therefore, the promotion of the sector can greatly contribute to poverty alleviation and economic development. In turn, artisanal fisheries and aquaculture are primarily bounded by local environment, thus facing locally specific technical challenges to which no single solution is applied. In order to build sustainable and resilient fisheries and aquaculture sector for food and nutrition security without leaving anyone behind, all the stakeholders should be able to share their experiences and lessons to accelerate science, technology and innovation. 
  Among the Japanese agriculture, forestry, and fishery research communities, JIRCAS has played a central role in international collaboration with special focus on developing regions, thus contributing to the achievement of SDGs. One of our research projects promotes the development and dissemination of sustainable aquaculture technologies in the tropical regions based on the eco-system approach. In addition, we have implemented the deployment of shrimp seed production technology towards the realization of an environment-friendly and complete closed-cycle aquaculture system. 
  As a follow up of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, and at the occasion of IYAFA 2022, the JIRCAS International Symposium 2022 aims at providing a forum with national and international research and academic communities to discuss opportunities and challenges for a resilient, efficient and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture sector. In particular, we hope that this symposium will bring new insights and identify strategic areas of STI for international collaboration to promote both sustainability and productivity of the sector. 

Poster and Program

JIRCAS International Symposium 2022 ”Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Sustainable Food Systems”
Organized by

Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences

In cooperation with

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency

2022-11-22(Tue) 13:00~16:15(JST)

Hybrid ("Hitotsubashi Hall" and On-line)

(National Center of Sciences Building 2F, 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8439)
Access: https://www.hit-u.ac.jp/hall/accessen.html





Opening ceremony



Keynote address

The role of artisanal fisheries and aquaculture in sustainable food systems

YAGI Nobuyuki

Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo


Keynote address

Developing holistic and nutrition-sensitive approaches in aquatic food systems

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health, World Fish


Session 1

The Challenges of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Sustainable Food Systems



Presentation 1-1

The issues of artisanal fisheries and aquaculture in sustainable food systems in Southeast Asia


Director, Fisheries Division, JIRCAS


Presentation 1-2

Issues of sustainable aquacultural seedlings in Japan


Director of Aquaculture Research Department Production Engineering Division, Fisheries Technology Institute, FRA


Presentation 1-3

Potential of seaweed utilization for greenhouse gas emissions reduction

Jeffrey T. WRIGHT

Associate Professor, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania


Session 2

Research and Application to Enhance Sustainability and Productivity of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture



Presentation 2-1

Development of sustainable aquaculture technology for bivalves in tropical monsoon


Senior Researcher, Fisheries Division, JIRCAS


Presentation 2-2

Increasing and utilization of small indigenous fish species to improve nutritional deficiency in rural areas of the tropics

MORIOKA Shinsuke

Professor, University of Human Environments


Presentation 2-3

Improving artisanal fisheries through community-based prawn stock enhancement in a mangrove 


Head of Farming Systems & Aquatic Ecology Section, Research Division, SEAFDEC/AQD


Panel discussion

Panel Chair (Marcy N. Wilder, Project Leader, Research Application/Ventures, JIRCAS) and speakers





Registration period
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For participants at the venue, we will provide a booklet of the program and abstracts. You can also join the Q&A session.

Part1: https://youtu.be/wfs-l5xoIsQ

Part2: https://youtu.be/rs_P-n-gQJc

Part3: https://youtu.be/zz9OdVf8xfE

Part4: https://youtu.be/wnAbjK4EKZw

Report on the JIRCAS International Symposium 2022 “Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Sustainable Food Systems”

Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Sustainable Food Systems


Information and Public Relations Office, JIRCAS

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