The 1st Member Meeting of the Global Sustainable Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GSAAP) was successfully held via video conference on Nov. 22, 2022. Dong Jinhe, Class-II Inspector of the Bureau of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Wang Xiaohu, President of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS), and Manuel Barange, Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with other officials, attended the meeting. A total of over 70 participants from 14 countries in Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania—representing the 18 GSAAP founding members—were present at the event.
GSAAP was jointly initiated by CAFS and FAO. President Wang and Director Barange delivered remarks on behalf of CAFS and FAO, respectively. President Wang pointed out that aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing and most efficient food production method. It plays a prominent role in ensuring global food supply, promoting fishery resource conservation, and boosting economic development. GSAAP aims to forge synergies between academia and enterprises, so as to build a global S&T innovation system that integrates industry, academia, research and application. It will create a new platform for fishery S&T professionals across the globe to conduct in-depth cooperation, tackle technological sticking points, exchange views, and build consensus, as well as offer advice and insights.
Director Barange acknowledged that GSAAP is of great value to FAO’s “Four Betters” and “Blue Transformation” strategies. He called on members and participants to leverage this new global partnership platform to share research results and experience, push for technology exchanges and demonstrate successful models, and build a fishery production system that benefits all.
During the meeting, GSAAP’s 18 founding members introduced their work and development vision regarding aquaculture. Participants discussed GSAAP’s operating mechanisms, including the purpose, goals, organizational structure, membership, and funding sources of the partnership. On GSAAP’s constitution, participants put forth constructive suggestions such as creating positions for advisors, and incorporating diverse expertise in the science committee. Moreover, the participants also reached a preliminary consensus on the work plan and major action plans of GSAAP.