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Dr. Farshad Shishehchian
Group President & CEO - Blue Aqua International Group, Singapore.
Dr Farshad Shishehchian is the President & CEO of Blue Aqua International Group of companies, a one-stop solution provider for aquaculture industry with a global presence in 14 countries. He is also the Founder and President of the Asian Aquaculture Network (AAN), a not-for-profit (change to non-profit) organisation dedicated to inform and inspire new generations through the sharing of knowledge, education initiatives and resources for the ecological sustainability of aquaculture in the Asia Pacific region. He was also the President of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS), Asia Pacific Chapter (2013 - 2016), collecting an extensive network of over 25 years in the world’s top aquaculture producing countries. Dr Farshad holds a Ph.D in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology and has dynamic, hands-on experience in managing aquaculture farms and hatcheries in countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Philippine, China, Sri-Lanka, Malaysia, Korea, Norway, Turkey, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Australia, Singapore and Chile. As an inventor of the highly commended Mixotrophic™ System - a super intensive shrimp farming system with PCT patent in over 144 countries - Dr Farshad continues to share his knowledge and profound understanding of innovative aquaculture through seminars and conferences all over the world.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Ravi Kumar Yellanki has been familiar with hatchery operations in India. Remarkably through his numerous writen papers and publications, he shared his experiences and knowladge concerning shrimp hatchery sphere such as the management and its role in charging environment. His expertise in terms of local market trends and oppotunities is unquestionable. Today, he concentrates his awareness on building sustainable strategies for Indian shrimp aquaculture.
Dr. Claude E. Boyd
Professor Emeritus - School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences,
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849 USA
Dr. Claude E. Boyd is an instructor at Auburn University under topic of Water Science, Water and Sediment Quality Management in Aquaculture and Resource Use and Environmental Issues in Aquaculture. He has been involved in many short-term activities in the following countries: Australia, Ecuador, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil. Also, he is co-principal investigator for USAID/Aquaculture CRSP Project in Honduras, technical advisor to Global Aquaculture Alliance reguarding Codes of Conduct for shrimp farming and technical advisor to Thailand Department of Fisheries. Currently, he serve as committee of Environmental Sciences Committee, School of Agriculture, Aubern University, Aubern University representative to the University Council of Water Resources, Oceanic Institute, Industry Liaison Committee and Global Aquaculture Alliance Shrimp Farm Standards Committee.
Dr. Jose Domingos
Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University Singapore
Dr Domingos’ research focuses on the development of efficient breeding programs for tropical aquaculture species. This involves the understanding and manipulation of endogenous and environmental factors affecting gonadal development and broodstock conditioning within appropriate maturation systems for reliable spawnings. Dr Domingos is passionate about marine finfish propagation (reproduction, genomics, selective breeding) and its integration with nutrition and fish health for the development of fast growing and disease resistant strains.
Dr Domingos has a long involvement with commercial shrimp and marine finfish operations. Prior to joining the James Cook University (Australia) Aquaculture Genetics research team in 2008, Dr Domingos worked as a production manager for several shrimp farms in the South and Northeast of Brazil, where he supervised over 700 hectares of shrimp farming. Trained in Brazil (Oceanography, FURG; MSc. Aquaculture, UFSC) and Australia (PhD Aquaculture Genetics, JCU), Dr Domingos has 20 years of combined industry, government and academic background. As a new member of the JCU Singapore Research Institute, Dr Domingos is excited about collaborating with industry partners in the development of reliable breeding and hatchery facilities where genetically superior brood stock will boost fish production in the region.
Dr. Giana Bastos Gomes
BMV, MVM, CertAqV, PhD - Lecturer Aquaculture, James Cook University, Singapore and Marine Biology and Aquaculture Sciences, College of Science and Engineering and Centre for Sustainable Tropical
Dr Gomes is an aquaculture veterinarian researcher with 15 years of experience in aquatic animal health acquired across a range of academic, governmental and industry employments in Brazil and Australia. Her research has a strong focus in the development and adoption of new technologies to improve disease prevention, management and biosecurity in aquaculture. Dr Gomes joined James Cook University Singapore as a lecturer in aquaculture in 2018. Currently, Dr Gomes’ R&D focuses on early identification of disease within aquaculture farms using environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques and water quality monitoring (environmental sensing) associated with microbiome investigation.
Dr Gomes worked for the largest Brazilian prawn hatchery (Aquatec, 2003-2008) and Genearch Aquacultura Ltd (first SPF – specific pathogen free- prawn hatchery from Brazil) responsible for developing and implementing biosecurity measurements and establishing biosecurity protocols and procedures for the import of SPF prawns from the U.S.A. to Brazil, respectively. She undertook her MSc in veterinary medicine (2006-2008) on prawn diseases caused by an intracellular bacteria (NHPB) which causes similar symptoms to the emerging prawn disease Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Syndrome (AHPNS) also known as Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS).
Later in Australia, Dr Gomes developed an on-farm parasite detection assay for early quantification of parasite abundance to predict infection before animals become sick. In 2016, Dr Gomes was awarded the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Science and Innovation Award which recognises the best emerging young talent in rural Australian industries.