بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh…
The year 2017 was another excellent year for the Institute of Tropical Aquaculture (AKUATROP) with various achievements and success. It was a great year where AKUATROP again, successfully fulfill its goals and contribute to the national aquaculture development.
Through International Workshops and activities that was carried out by AKUATROP has begun to strengthen its role as a regional reference center in aquaculture, especially crustacean aquaculture.
When the Institute was initially established, one of the role and function of AKUATROP was to give impact to the livelihood of aqua-farmers and aquaculture industry. We believe that we have played this role successfully with many activities organized and carried out. Throughout the year six (6) community development programs and knowledge transfer programs were successfully implemented. These community service programs, have created rapport and a positive relationship between AKUATROP and the local communities. Aquaculture Forensic Squad or FORAS was also established in 2015 specifically to help regional aqua-farmers to manage fish health problems and ensure good aquaculture health management. This squad was successfully launched by our Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Dr. Nor Aieni binti Haji Mokhtar in June 2015.
2015 also features another success for AKUATROP with the establishment of an aquaculture gallery (AKUATROP Aquaculture Gallery). The establishment of this gallery is part of the plan to put AKUATROP as an edu-tourism center for aquaculture. All relevant information about aquaculture can be obtained from this gallery. To date, more than 3,000 visitors has visited this gallery, from all walks of life (school children mainly). This indirectly give opportunity to AKUATROP to raise awareness to the local community in the field of science and technology in aquaculture.
Of all the activities conducted, perhaps the most significant was the increase in collaboration with agencies and major players in the aquaculture industry. Co-operation with industry is crucial to AKUATROP for effective implementation of its role and function in the aquaculture industry, especially in achieving the objectives and impact of the three research programs (Food Security, Industry Empowerment and Resource Sustainability) which were planned in 2013.
Many success and accomplishments is expected to motivate the entire AKUATROP staff to forge greater success in the future, especially in achieving the Aquaculture References and Services Excellence Center (ARASE) status.
Lastly, I would like to thank and congratulate the whole team of AKUATROP for a splendid achievement in 2017. Thank you.
Prof. Dr. Abol Munafi bin Ambok Bolong
Institute of Tropical Aquaculture