Aquaculture: The Good, the Bad and the Restorative

By Dr. Annette Jaya Ram, Dr. Abe Woo Sau Pinn, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Aileen Tan

January 2022 FEATURE
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Culturing species at the lower trophic level as sustainable aquaculture; eg. molluscs, echinoderm or macroalgal. Photo by: CEMACS
THE CENTRE FOR Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) at Universiti Sains Malaysia is deep in research cultivating bivalves and seaweeds as natural bio-remediators, to reverse the adverse effects of unchecked aquaculture farming.Penang's aquaculture sector, though a thriving global export industry with significant job creation opportunities, is also a worrying source for severe environmental disruptions. Eutrophication, the result of excessive nutrient loading from uneaten fish food and faecal matter in open-water fish cage farming practices, triggers phytoplankton blooms and increases decaying...

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Dr. Annette Jaya Ram

works on mariculture of mud crabs and mantis shrimps. She is identifying the best ways to culture them in order to reduce the harvesting of these organisms from the wild.

Dr. Abe Woo Sau Pinn

studies the biodiversity of marine invertebrates and their systematics. His research interests include ecology, diversity, systematics and taxonomy of echinoderms.

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Aileen Tan

is the Director for the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies, USM. Her experience on aquaculture helped develop several key national and international projects in this field.