News And Events

EDULINK II: Development of a Regional Master Programme in Pig Production and Food Security in Caribbean Countries
Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Universidad ISA (www.isa.edu.do) participated as partner of the project coordinated by The University of Girona entitled "Development of a Regional Master Programme in Pig Production and Food Security in Caribbean Countries", EDULINK Project with the Identification number FED / 2013 / 320-193. The Project was implemented from 2013 to 2016 (3 years).

Objective specify this Project is dar a conocer a Master interdisciplinary con Cooperation between the Authorities national legal y los sistemas Universitarios Asociados para mejorar a system of educational quality in programs Production and Food Safety, as well as, mejorar the intercambio among staff y los estudiantes.

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ADARD held Constituent Assembly and confirms Statutes in La Vega
Thursday, 13 October 2016

On Friday September 30, 2016 the Association for the Development of Aquaponics in the Dominican Republic (ADARD) held its Constituent Assembly and the Statutes were confirmed by the founding members of this important association. The purpose of this Assembly was to incorporate ADARD to help with the management of projects for fishermen's associations in the country.

The ADARD has 61 founding members and was created in Guaguí, La Vega, as part of the training activities for producers and interested people in aquaculture in the Dominican Republic sponsored by the PESCADO Project (www.iaa.do). This project was funded bythe ACP Group of the European Union under the successful Edulink II Programme. So far more than 250 farmers, fishermen and stakeholders in the aquaculture production chain in the Dominican Republic and Guyana have already been trained directly by the Project PESCADO.

The ADARD has supported the creation of three fishermen's associations in the Rincón Dam, which also received technical support to submit proposals to the Special Fund for Agricultural Development (FEDA) This funds promotes aquaculture through the production of tilapias and other species in floating cages and ponds. It is expected that at least three projects will be implemented in the Rincón Dam to improve the lives of fishermen who have seen decreased their income from fishing and thus the number of active fishermen from 350 to 82 in the last 10 years.

PESCADO project organizes International Conference on Aquaculture Caribbean in Dominican Republic
Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The PESCADO Project (www.iaa.do), which is one of the 47 projects funded by the ACP Group of the European Union, framed in the successful Edulink II program, invites to the International Conference Understanding the Caribbean Aquaculture, which will be held on 2nd and 3th November 2016 at the Universidad ISA (www.isa.edu.do) in La Herradura, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

This conference will bring together renowned scientists, including Prof. Brian Austin, Professor Emeritus of the University of Stirling, with the conferences entitled "Modern Approach on Aquaculture II" and "Developments in the Understanding of Fish Diseases"; Dr. Aweeda Newaj-Fyzul, with a lecture entitled "Key Issues on Tilapia Production, Development and Opportunities" and Dr. Elroy Charles, Dean of the Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry, University of Guyana, who will present the main results of the PESCADO Project in Guyana and the conference "Academic Programme at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Guyana and Opportunities for International Students".

ADARD incubates new project of floating cages in Rincón dam funded by the FEDA
Thursday, 11 August 2016

Rincón Dam is the smallest country's reservoir (6.9 square kilometers). It irrigates 7,300 hectares to benefit 1,457 users. Ten years ago, around 350 fishermen had incomes of 32.60 USD per person and day on average as a result of fishing. Today, that number has been reduced to 82 fishermen with a ten times lower average income. This has been as a result of the abandonment of the plans of massive fingerlings release. However the Research Center for the Improvement of the Animal Production (CIMPA) has been strengthened in the last three years with funds from the European Commission, through the ACP Secretariat, under the PESCADO Project (www.iaa.do). Under the PESCADO Project initiative the production capacity has been increased by more than 12 million fries per year. Each year in the communities surrounding the Rincón Dam, more than 200 high school students graduate, and usually they can not continue their studies or find jobs. This project may become important to help these youngster find a job in future.

The Dominican Government, through the Special Fund for Agricultural Development (FEDA), responding once again to these needs, will finance the first production project with tilapia in floating cages, to the Association for the Development of Aquaponics of the Dominican Republic (ADARD). This association has 62 founding members and was created in 2015 under the training program in aquaculture and aquaponics implemented by the PESCADO Project with the cooperation of the Catholic University of Cibao (UCATECI), Universidad ISA, the Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (IDIAF), the Dominican Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CODOPESCA), aquaculture entrepreneurs, technicians specializing in aquaculture and producers of La Vega and other provinces of the Cibao.

The project will begin with the installation of 60 cages appropriate for human wok and water flow structures, which will allow further growth of fish and disease prevention. With this funding, the FEDA will contribute to the incorporation of technologies developed by research universities in the Dominican Republic, which will be transferred to other projects in this and other dams to maximize the social, economic and environmental benefits in the Dominican aquaculture.

Universidad ISA and UCATECI collaborate to launch a diploma in aquaculture
Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The Catholic Technological University of the Cibao region (Universidad Católica Tecnológica del Cibao -UCATECI) launched the first national course in aquaculture, entitled "Diplomado in aquaculture sustainable development in Dominican Republic" on April 9th, 2016.

A press news has been released on the UCATECI website, emphasizing the colaboration between the Universidad ISA and the UCATECI through the PESCADO project.

See the article here.

The PESCADO project provides actualized books on aquaculture and aquaponics at the Library of Universidad ISA
Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The PESCADO Project (www.iaa.do) made available to the public at the Library located in the Building Marcos A. Cabral of the Universidad ISA 28 new books with current literature on various issues of aquaculture and aquaponics. This project is funded by the European Union and is implemented by the Universidad ISA, having as partners the University of Stirling and the University of Guyana, through the ACP Secretariat under the EDULINK II programme.

Three books were donated by Prof. Brian Austin and Prof. Dawn Austin last year (2015). The other books were purchased with project funds. All documentation will benefit more than 2,000 students from different academic programs offered by the Universidad ISA, as well as serving as a support for the implementation of the new Master of Aquaculture and Aquaponics that will be offered in September 2016 in this University. The material will also be available for members of the Dominican Association of Aquaculture (ADOA), the Association for the Development of Aquaponics in Dominican Republic (ADARD), researchers, students from nearby schools, friends of aquaculture and aquaponics and public in general.

This action honors the "investment in the knowledge economy in ACP countries" to strengthen existing and new programs at ISA University. The list of books available is as follows:

Amber Richards (2015). Acuaponía en el Hogar: Crianza de peces y cultivo de vegetales. Traducido por Gloria Cifuentes Dowling.ISBN: 978-150-710894-9.

Brian Austin and Dawn Austin (2007). Bacterial Fish Pathogens. Diseases of Farmed and Wild Fish. Springer, UK.ISBN: 978-1-4020-6068-7.

Brian Grant (2014). Aquaponics Made Easy: A Simply and Easy Guide to Raising Fish and Growing Food Organically in Your Home or Backyard. Published by Brian Grant and Random Technologies, FL.ISBN: 978-150-088988-3.

Carlos Iván Pérez, Martha Patricia Hernández y Isabel Araceli Amaro Espejo (2013). Acuaponia: Bases y alternativas. Biotecnología para un desarrollo acuícola sustentable. Editorial Académica Española. ISBN: 978-3-8473-5743-8.

Carmel Motherstill and Brian Austin (2000). Aquatic Invertebrate Cell Culture. Springer, UK. ISBN: 1-85233-646-3.

Carmel Motherstill and Brian Austin (2003). In Vitro Methods in Aquatic Toxicology. Springer, UK.ISBN: 3-540-02357-7.

Claude E.Boyd and Aaron A. McNevin (2015). Aquaculture, Resource Use, and the Environment. Wiley Blackwell, UK.ISBN: 978-0-470-95919-0.

Dean Deschain (2015). An Introduction to Aquaponic Gardenig. 3rd Edition. Rach Helson LLC. ISBN: 978-151-1944588.

Dean Deschain (2015). Hydroponics with aquaponics 2 in 1 book set. Hydroponics 101: A Complete Beginner's Guide to Hydroponic Gardering/An Introduction to Aquaponic Gardering. Rach Helson LLC.ISBN: 9781514303733.

Edward J. Noga (2015). Fish Disease. Diagnosis and Treatment. Second Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, Iowa State, USA. ISBN: 978-0-8138-0697-6.

Ernesto Mata, Marienny Marval y Thomás Blanco (2014). Cultivo de calamar Tropical Sepioteuthis sepioidea. Alternativa a la acuicultura nacional. Editorial Académica Española.ISBN: 978-3-659-08601-4.

FAO (2013). Desarrollo de la Acuicultura. 6. Uso de recursos pesqueros silvestres para acuicultura basada en la captura. FAO. Orientaciones técnicas para la pesca responsable. Roma. ISBN: 978-92-5-306974-3.

Gadadhar Dash (2012). Freshwatter Fish Parasites. New India Publishing Agency, Pitam Pura, New Delhi. ISBN: 978-93-51450-25-3.

Gene Logsdon (2016). Getting Food From Water. A guide to backyard aquaculture. Published by Echo Point Books & Media, Brattleboro, Vermont.ISBN: 978-1-62654-598-4.

Joachim W. Hertrampf and Felicitas Piedad-Pascual (2000). Handbook on Ingredients for Aquaculture Feeds. Springer-Science+Business Media, B.V. ISBN: 978-1-4020-1527-4.

José Ramón García Toscano (2013). UF1225: Elaboración de Semiconservas, salazones, secados, ahumados y escabeches. IC Editorial, Málaga. ISBN: 978-84-15886-83-9.

Kenn Christenson and Dean Deschain (2014). Aquaponics 2-in-1 Book Set: Aquaculture: Introduction to Aquaculture for Small Farmers/An Introduction to Aquaponic Gardering. First Edition. Rach Helson LLC.ISBN: 978-151-426862-9.

Kenn Christenson and Dean Deschain (2015). Aquaculture: Introduction to aquaculture for small farmers./An Introduction to Aquaponic Gardering. 3rd Edition. Rach Helson LLC. ISBN: 978-151-194432-8.

Lydia Brown (2000). Acuicultura para Veterinarios. Producción y Clínica de Peces. Editorial Acribia, S.A., Zaragoza, España. ISBN: 978-842000924-7.

Marvin Patterson (2015). Aquaculture Engineering. Delve Publishing, New York, USA. ISBN: 978-16-8095-183-7.

Ram C. Bhujel (2014). A Manual for Tilapia, Business Management. CABI, UK. ISBN: 978-1-78064-136-2.

Renato Quiñones (2013). Cambio climático, pesca y acuicultura en América Latina. Potenciales impactos y desafíos para la adaptación. FAO. ISBN: 978-92-05-307775-5.

Robert A. Andersen (2011). Algal Culturing Techniques. Phycological Society of America. Elsevier Inc. USA. ISBN: 0-12-088426-7.

Saleem Mustafa and Rosiita Shapawi (2015). Aquaculture Ecosystems. Adaptability and Sustainability. Wiley Blackwell, UK.ISBN: 978-1-1118-77854-8.

Shawn Jadrnicek and Stephanie Jadrnicek (2016). The Bio-Integranted Farm. A revolutionary permaculture-based system using greenhouses, ponds, compost piles, aquaponics, chickens and more. Chelsea Green Publishing, Vermont. ISBN: 978-1-60358-588-0.

Silvia Bernstein (2011). Aquaponic Gardening. A step-by-step guide to raising vegetables and fish together. New Society Publishers, Canada. ISBN: 978-0-86571-701-5.

Tore Jakobsen, Michael J. Fogarty, Bernard A. Megrey and Erlend Moksness (2016). Fish Reproductive Biology. Implications for assessment and management. Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell, UK.ISBN: 978-1-118-75274-6.

Trygve Gjedrem (2005). Selection and Breeding Programs in Aquaculture. Springer, New York, USA. ISBN: 978-1402-033414.

Association for the Development of Aquaponics in the Dominican Republic (ADARD) participates in second set of lectures and workshop on aquaculture and aquaponics in Guagüí
Monday, 29 February 2016

More than 35 producers and stakeholders in aquaculture participated in conferences and workshops from 15 to 18 February 2016 in Guagüí . In this activity, which was sponsored by the PESCADO Project (www.iaa.do), supported by the ACP Secretariat of the European Union under the EDULINK II programme, participated as speaker Dr. Aweeda Newaj-Fyzul, University of Stirling, UK.

The event was coordinated by the UCATECI University and was partially supported by the JICA. The Senator in La Vega, Mr. Euclides Sánchez, was present and expressed interest in the development of aquaponics in the country, as a means of improving the living conditions of the inhabitants.

During this activity, an upcoming course in aquaculture and aquaponics was announced. This course will be held at UCATECI from April 9 to July 2016. The PESCADO Project, IDIAF and Universidad ISA will provide logistical support.

The participants expressed interest in becoming members of the Institute of Aquaculture and Aquaponics (INAQUAP), which was created by the Universidad ISA, the University of Stirling and the University of Guyana under the PESCADO Project. A total of 29 participants were accepted as official members of INAQUAP.

Universidad ISA will offer Master of Aquaculture and Aquaponics
Friday, 12 February 2016

The PESCADO Project (www.iaa.do) is funded by the European Union and began its implementation in October 2013 by the Universidad ISA, the University of Guyana and the University of Stirling in the UK. Resulting from the undertaken work ISA is now in the position to offer a Master Degree Programme in Aquaculture and Aquaponics this year 2016.

The MSc in Aquaculture and Aquaponics is a practice oriented degree and aims to integrate academic knowledge with the acquisition of skills that enable troubleshooting and analyzing situations relevant to aquaculture and aquaponics.

Applicants wishing to enter the programme should have a degree-level of Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Production, Ecology and Environmental Management, Agronomist, Food Technology or other related professions.

Additional requirements for applications are: Certificate of university titles and scores certified by MESCYT, birth certificate, four (4) photographs 2 x 2, curriculum vitae, medical certificate, photocopy of identity card, institutional presentation letter (optional) and two recommendation letters. The documents should be deposited at ISA until April 8, 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Rafael A. Vásquez Martínez
Dean Faculty of Agrifood and Environmental Sciences
Universidad ISA University (www.isa.edu.do)
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Tel. 809-247-2000 ext. 213

Universities promote the development of aquaponics systems in the Caribbean
Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Universidad ISA in Santiago, the University of Stirling in the UK and the University of Guyana promote aquaponics in the Caribbean. This is done since 2014, under the PESCADO Project (www.iaa.do), which is funded by the European Union and the three universities.

The aquaponics system consists of a single recirculation system, in which the aquaculture component and hydroponic (fish and plants), where metabolic waste generated by the fish and the remains of uneaten food gather is used by plants and converted to plant organic matter. This system offers advantages such as water reuse, dual-income, reduced fertilizer use, less pollution and increased biosecurity. The cost of a family aquaponics unit with high quality solar energy solution and two lamps is 2.200 to 2.500 USD. The system can be placed both in cities and in rural areas.

The strategy to promote these systems in the Caribbean includes training of trainers of trainers, leading aquaculture producers, technicians and professionals in the food industry, aquaculture researchers, business people, tourism industry officials, lecturers and students of agronomy. Training in aquaponics have been made at the Universidad ISA, at the Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (IDIAF), at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Cibao (PUCATECI) and in the province of Bahoruco, Dominican Republic. Similarly, training activities were held at the University of Guyana.

Furthermore, the results of the PESCADO project, including the aquaponics systems are published through the Caribbean Council of Higher Education in Agriculture (CACHE).

This strategy also includes the promotion of incubation aquaponics systems in Dominican Republic and Guyana. The first aquaponics system in the Dominican Republic was implemented with a family of El Catey, Espaillat province in June 2014. This project has received funds from the company Pan Lumijor. This system is active, producing tilapia, pacu and vegetable consumption for a family of 4 members. A second and third aquaponics systems in Dominican Republic were installed at the aquaculture station Santiago (IDIAF / ISA) for research purposes. Another aquaponics system was installed in Guagüí, La Vega, where the PESCADO Project has trained more than 40 people, which led to the first Aquaponics Association of the Dominican Republic.

At the University of Guyana it was installed the fifth aquaponics system promoted by the PESCADO project under the leadership of Dr. Elroy Charles. This system is located in the front of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. With this system leaders and lecturers of Guyana are been trained in Guyana. Dr. Aweeda Newaj-Fyzul, Local expert assigned by the University of Stirling to support the PESCADO Project has contributed by training and donating of materials for the incubation of this aquaponics project.

The interest and demand for this new friendly to the environment technology in agricultural and aquaculture production continues growing in several countries. The Solar Center of Bavaria has expressed interest to include these systems in future development projects in Africa and an executive of the Center plans to install two systems in Germany.

We are convinced that aquaponics systems, including energy solutions with renewable energy systems, will be one of the technologies of today and tomorrow that will contribute to mitigating the effects of global warming, improve the food security and environmental.

SME Centre – Universidad ISA: Supporting the Aquaculture Sector
Monday, 07 December 2015

The SME Centre (Centre for Integrated Support Services of micro, small and medium enterprises) is an initiative by the Ministry of Industry and Trade via the Department of Development to SMEs in partnership with Universidad ISA, which has the main objective to provide the necessary services and consulting to micro, small and medium enterprises, for free, to strengthen productive capacity, competitiveness and efficiency.


Improving competitiveness, productivity, and integration into the global market for SMEs, by implementing mentoring programs, training, technical assistance and bonding.


Be national leaders in the provision of services to increase competitiveness and productivity of MSMEs, promoting linkages with other sectors of society and generate economic impact.


• Commitment • Integrity • Quality • Transparency

Services offered:

Business Advisory

Accompanying process makes SMEs adviser at the Center, a businessman, entrepreneur association or group, for a period of time to develop or improve business skills in decision-making and improve business competitiveness. Some of the issues on which advice is given are: Finance, Accounting, Legal, Human Resources Management, Advertising, Market Research, Administrative Management, among others.


Service that allows strengthens technical training of entrepreneurs and MSMEs to achieve improvements in production processes. The training is given in groups of 20 people.

Specialized Technical Assistance

Technical support in specialized areas that require MSMEs, such as improved production processes, strengthening financial management, support to certification and quality management support for business management, etc.


Rapprochement, entrepreneur, businessman or associative group to other programs or services offered by the Deputy Minister for SMEs Development, as well as other public and private institutions in the Dominican Republic that offer services necessary for the applicant companies, in order to give a service to them.

How to access the services of the SME?

• Having a business (Need advice, training, technical assistance and bonding). • Have a business idea

Benefits to MSMEs accessing to our services.

o They will be helped to identify business needs and take advantage of market opportunities. o The most viable alternatives will be analyzed to assist in finding solutions to the main problems facing the organization. o Professional assistance will be provided in areas that require it. o They will have knowledge and special techniques to manage its business, in addition to receiving an external, unbiased opinion. o They will have guidelines that will facilitate decision-making to senior management.

Economic impact

o to access to formal finance o to increase in sales o to create employees or held employees

Some Statistics

• Center has been operating for 0.75 years, equivalent to nine (9) months. • Employs 11 staff • Serves 110 clients which employ more than 575 people

Top three sectors are :

- Manufacture: 32% of total amount of clients - Services: 12% of total amount of clients - Local Trade: 13% of total amount of clients

Manufacture Sector distribution.

100% of our clients in manufacture sector are distributed as below 31% Others (includes cleaning products, parts of engines and vehicles, metallurgical) 19% Furniture industry 16% Textile 34% Agroindustry • 5% of clients are engaged in international trade. • 16% of clients are not currently engaged in trade, but interested • 13% of clients are women-owned businesses

Staff languages:

- Spanish (11 persons of 11 staff members) - English ( 6 persons of 11 staff members) - Italian (1 person of 11 staff members) - Affiliated with : Approximately 20 different institutions

Center has a special focus on:

- Agriculture, agro industry and agribusiness - Manufacturing Industry - Local and international trade - Entrepreneurship

In other sense, the Center has special focus in 4 different business management areas such as:

1. Accounting and finance 2. Marketing 3. Business Organization 4. International Trade

Other information:

In addition to personalized business consulting services, the SME Centre offers technical assistance, bonding and training in business management. As for the latter it is important to note that to date there have been 10 events of training which have benefited some 340 people, including businessmen, entrepreneurs and students.

On the other hand it is important to note that the SME Center team consists of a team of very talented young people, mostly trained in prestigious academies, both domestic and foreign.

Center has six senior advisors, which have an average age of 35 years, all have master's degree and extensive experience in working with MSMEs and these projects through international organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Japanese Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Union, UNDP, among others.

Web page: http://isa.edu.do/centro-pymes/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Centro-PyMES-Universidad-ISA-388058701381364/?fref=ts

La Universidad ISA, University of Stirling y el IDIAF imparten curso y dan soporte técnico a proyectos acuícolas en Bahoruco y Barahona.
Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Universidad ISA of Santiago, the University of Stirling in the UK and the Dominican Institute of Research in Agriculture and Forestry (IDIAF) carried out a course on Aquaculture and offered technical support to three Aquaculture projects in Bahoruco and Barahona from 16 to 20 November 2015. This activities were held under the PESCADO Project, which is funded by the European Union (www.iaa.do). The transfer of technology was held in two aquaculture projects with cages in Duvergé and in Bombita, in an Aquaculture project with ponds in El Tamarindo and in the Conference Room of the IDIAF Aquaculture Research Station in El Salado, Galván, Bahoruco, Dominican Republic and it has benefited a group of 70 women and 21 fish farmers.

The technical training was delivered by Dr. Rafael Amable Vásquez, by the Universidad ISA, Dr. Aweeda Newaj-Fyzul, by the University of Stirling, and Ing. Diógenes Castillo, Researcher of IDIAF.

Due to water scarcity in the region, participants expressed the need to implement Aquaponics systems and requested support in this regard. The Aquaponics system, consisting of a single recirculation system, in which the aquaculture component and hydroponic (fish and plants) are combined, under this system metabolic waste generated by the fish and the remains of uneaten food are used by plants and converted to plant organic matter. This system offers advantages such as water reuse, dual-income, reduced fertilizer use, less pollution and increased bio-security.

Dr. Rafael Amable Vásquez, Dean of the Faculty of Agrifood and Environmental Sciences of the Universidad ISA and coordinator of the activity, informed that the PESCADO Project (www.iaa.do) will continue supporting the Aquaculture Sector in the Region, taking into account the real demands that were expressed by the residents to help combat poverty and ensuring a supply of better and more safe food.

The Universities ISA, Stirling and Guyana have established the Institute of Aquaculture and Aquaponics (INAQUAP).
Monday, 23 November 2015

The Unuiversidad ISA of Santiago, the University of Stirling in the UK and the University of Guyana have held the constituent assembly of the Institute of Aquaculture and Aquaponics-INAQUAP- in Georgetown, Guyana, on October 28, 2015.

The Institute of Aquaculture and Aquaponics (INAQUAP) is being established as a key outcome of the project funded by the ACP-EU EDULINK II called "PESCADO -2
Pioneering Education for Sustainability of Caribbean Aquaculture Development & Opportunities" - its acronym in English.

The objectives of the INAQUAP entity are to: Promote Research and Innovation in the Aquaculture sector in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Caribbean; facilitate networking (national, regional and international) between stakeholders from the related sectors, supply chains and value chains of the aquaculture sector; help ensure the strategic alignment of Academic Research and Development activities with the needs of stakeholders in the aquaculture sector and the demands of the domestic and regional markets; explore the possibility of optimization of market opportunities arising from competitive advantages and points of differentiation; support the development of the aquaculture sector, working in collaboration with public sector bodies and private enterprise.

The constitutive act was signed by Prof. Dr. Brian Austin and Aweeda Newaj-Fyzul, who were appointed members ad vitam of the CAJAQUAP Editor Board. In addition, the minutes was signed by Dr. Elroy Charles, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Guyana, Dr. Rafael A. Vásquez Martínez and Eng. César E. Cruz, by the Universidad ISA.

The Institute will offer a range of services for students, actors and stakeholders in the Aquaculture Sector, including: Academic Programs (specialty and general) in Aquaculture & Aquaponics; practical training in areas such as Production Management and Fish Processing; Regional Seminars and Conferences; Technical & Business Advisory Services; Laboratory Testing and Analysis; periodic Publication though the Caribbean Journal of Aquaculture and Aquaponic (CAJAQUAP). This periodic journal will be initially published electronically as a digital document. INAQUAP will feature recent and current information and articles, relevant to the Aquaculture and Aquaponics sectors for the Caribbean region. Although broad in scope the magazine will contain a special section devoted to academic research in the relevant topics and subject matter.

Releases of hundreds of thousands of fingerlings
Monday, 03 August 2015

PESCADO project and allied institutions benefiting hundreds of Dominican fishermen starting with releases of hundreds of thousands of fingerlings in Dominican waters.

In the second year of implementation of the PESCADO Project, hundreds of fishermen have been benefited. The PESCADO Project is funded by the European Union and is implemented by the Universidad ISA with the international partners University of Stirling in the UK and University of Guyana.

The project actions included:

The release of 50,000 fingerlings of carp and tilapia and training of fishing communities in the Tavera Dam with support from the Coopertiva Vega Real (http://www.cvr.com.do/app/do/noticias_00.aspx?id= 4602) on March 22, 2015, benefiting more than 200 fishermen.

The release of 50,000 fingerlings of carp in Rincon Dam, supported by Falcondo, benefiting 87 active fishermen, which had wide press coverage

The release of over 4,000 carp fingerlings of different species in the lake of Matanzas, Santiago, supported by Pan LUMIJOR(http://www.iaa.do/es/noticias-y-eventos/item/proyecto-pescado-lumijor-cimpa-y-medio-ambiente-liberan-miles-de-alevines-en-matanzas-santiago), benefiting a community of Santiago. After seven months of release, the community has been organized to manage fisheries. Pan LUMIJOR has announced that, due to the success shown with this action, they will provide the funds to make a release of 2,500 juveniles of pacu, a high value fish with fast growth that CIMPA massively reproduces.

In Hatillo Dam, the largest Dominican dam, 30 people are being trained in aquaculture by the Universidad ISA and CIMPA, with financial support from the Cooperativa Vega Real. At the end of the six-week training. 50,000 fingerlings more will be released.

Other releases of fingerlings that have had press coverage include:

CODOPESCA fingerlings release: http://www.codopesca.gob.do/noticias-2/58-liberacion-de-miles-de-alevines-en-el-embalse-de-la-presa-del-rio-maguaca

Dominican Army release: http://www.marina.mil.do/portal/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=65907&Itemid=12

EGEHID release: http://elnuevodiario.com.do/mobile/article.aspx?id=192927

Khoury Industrial release: http://www.ecosdelsur.net/2015/04/barahona-khoury-industrial-realiza.html, http://opiniondigital.net/cabral-khoury-industrial-realiza-liberacion-de-alevines-en-laguna-el-rincon/

Military release: http://atacandodigital.blogspot.com/2014/10/ejercito-libera-30-mil-alevines-en-rios.html

PESCADO – Pioneering Education for Sustainability of Caribbean Aquaculture Development & Opportunities
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

I. "Cooperativa Vega Real Celebrated World Water Day with Release of 50 000 Fry"

Since early 2015, the Vega Real Cooperative works with Universidad ISA and its Research Center for the Improvement of Animal Production (CIMPA) to direct actions aimed at sustainable development of communities located in the surrounding of dams in the Dominican Republic. Project actions include the release of fingerlings, training, strengthening of partnership and development of entrepreneurship through cooperatives in the Tavera Dam. Similar actions are planned in the Hatillo Dam. These actions are covered by a formal agreement between the Cooperative and the University signed on May 15th 2015 (http://www.caobadigital.com/cooperativa-vega-real-firma-convenio-con-otras-instituciones-de-la-vega/).

"La Vega, Taveras Dam. To commemorate the World Water Day on 22 March, the Vega Real Cooperative in coordination with the Universidad ISA released 50 000 fingerlings as part of the defense of the ecosystem Tavera Dam. This will benefit 200 fishermen members of the Fishermen Association of the Tavera Dam.

During the ceremony, Prof. Marilin Batista gave the remarks. Prof. Heriberto Marrero, President of the Cooperative, motivated the community of fishermen to take advantage of the release of fingerlings to promote this economy activity. The Vice-Chancellor of the University ISA, Mr. Bienvenido Castro explained the importance of the fishing activity for the economy of the community.

The main speech was given by Lic. Yanio Concepción who encouraged the fishermen to join the cooperative so they can improve their quality of life and cultivate awareness of the defense of the ecosystem that produces eco-tourist wealth and power.

Mr. Miguel Reyes ISA, a researcher from Universidad ISA technical thanked donation of fingerlings by the Vega Real Cooperative. He said that the release of 50 000 fingerlings represents 5 % of the capacity of the lake. He also explained that this was the first release in 15 years in that place.

Prof. Rufino Jiménez on behalf of the surrounding communities welcomed this initiative and invited the fishermen to organize in the Vega Real Cooperative.

The act of release was attended by officials of the Universidad ISA, the Ministry of Agriculture of La Vega, the Ministry of Environment of Santiago, CODOPESCA and the communities of Jina Hueca and Conuco Viejo de Taveras."

CIMPA multiplied massively the Pacú or Tambaqui
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

In April 2015, the Research Center for the Improvement of Animal Production (CIMPA) at the Universidad ISA successfully reproduced large quantities of the Pacu (Piaractus brachipomus) species in the biggest existing laboratory of assisted fish reproduction in the country. A total of 475,000 larvae were produced in 15 days with only six female pacu, a first time achievement at this laboratory, which was equipped with the support of the European Union, PESCADO Project (www.iaa.do) and FONDOCYT (Pacú Project).

To execute this fish bulk reproduction, one of the multiplication protocols was utilised that had been evaluated under the Pacú Project (funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology) pioneered by researchers Prof. Rafael Vásquez Martínez and Eng. Victorino Rodríguez at Universidad ISA. Technical staff and workers were also trained in the proper reproduction techniques at CIMPA.

Now with this facility of a Laboratory of Assisted Fish Reproduction, CIMPA has capacity to meet all the demand for pacu fingerlings in the Dominican Republic, and in fact for the entire Caribbean Region, including Haiti - completely eliminating the need to import these fish into the Region. The installed capacity is 12 million larvae per year or 6.6 million fry per year. These resources support both the existing projects and facilitates the possibility of incubating new aquaculture projects with this fish species which is of high growth, quality and value.

The Universidad ISA and CIMPA thank the MESCyT and the European Union for helping to make this achievement possible.

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