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Subject: research in Belize
From: Joshua Muskin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 25 Jun 1997 11:03:49 -0400
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I'd appreciate any help I can find with the following: looking for someone
interested in conducting fish research in Belize.  I have much more
information on this that I'd be delighted to share with anyone who is
interested.

Thank you,

joshua muskin
florida state university


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                                ANNOUNCEMENT

                     FISH FARMING RESEARCH IN BELIZE


The community members of San Antonio Rio Hondo (SARH) in northern Belize
are seeking the assistance of an aquaculture specialist or fish biologist
to help determine the viability of a local species of catfish (Ictalurus
meridionalis) or of a local snook (Petenia splendida) for fish farming.
The community is in possession of a ďResearch and Development Plan for Fish
Farming in SARH,Ē prepared by a group of Masterís students in Urban and
Regional Planning at Florida State University that sets out the basic
dimensions of a pilot fish farm operation.  The planís implementation
requires the technical participation of an expert in fish biology and raising.

Specifically, the community members hope that someone (perhaps a graduate
student) from a major university aquaculture program will be interested to
take this on as an extended research project.  The researcher would have to
find his/her own funding for this; but the community members would offer
support in seeking funding by providing a copy of the R&D plan, agreeing to
host this person in the village and providing a formal letter of request
for assistance, in addition to any other assistance that might be useful.

More specifically, the community members are looking for someone to
articulate and implement the technical factors and actions of an
experimental pilot fish farming project.  This refers most basically to all
the steps involved with the capture, breeding, hatching and growing of
fish.  The R&D plan proposes that breeding and fingerling grow-out will
occur in man-made ponds, that hatching will happen in trays and that full
grow-out will occur in cages set in the river.  The experimental pilot work
for which technical assistance is sought will require that:

  -       breeding pairs be captured in the wild;

  -       different spawning environments be set up to determine which is
best;

  -       different hatching systems be set up to determine which is best; and

  -       different grow-out environments be tested for greatest production.

This is a marvelous opportunity for field research of both biological
significance and of considerable consequence for local community
development, both in SARH and in Belize.  If you are interested in learning
more about this initiative, please contact:

        Dr. Joshua Muskin
        Department of Urban and Regional Planning
        Florida State University
        Tallahassee, FL   32306-2030
        ph:  904/644-1290
        e-mail:  [log in to unmask]

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