A 296-page handbook with chapters on concepts & approaches of sustainable rural aquaculture, importance & conservation of coastal ecosystems, aquaculture technologies, socioeconomics of fishing communities, policies concerning fisheries and aquaculture in Southeast Asia, business planning, and approaches and strategies of the technological transfer pathways at SEAFDEC/AQD.

Acknowledgment

For the funds to conduct the Trainors’ training on rural aquaculture at SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (AQD) and for the publication of the first two advance reading copies of this handbook, thanks are due the Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund of the ASEAN Foundation’s project on Human resource development (HRD) on poverty alleviation and food security by fisheries intervention in the ASEAN region.

Also acknowledged are the efforts of the SEAFDEC Secretariat in putting the HRD project together -- Dr. Siri Ekmarahaj, Dr. Hideki Tsubata and Ms. Rujarek Bumrasarinpai; AQD’s training section headed by Ms. KG Corre with staff Ms. R Bombeo, Mr. RR Pagador, Mr. CV Genzola, Ms. R Bautista and Mr. R Salde for organizing and conducting the training course; and AQD’s development communication section headed by Ms. MT Castanos with staff Mr. RP Guarin, Mr. RD Dianala and Ms. RV Hosillos for editing the first draft, design-layout and presswork.

Thanks also to AQD’s Publications Review Committee for the technical review -- Dr. Evelyn Grace DJ Ayson, Dr. Relicardo M. Coloso, Dr. Clarissa L. Marte, Mr. Rolando SJ Gapasin, Dr. Ma. Rowena R. Eguia, and Dr. Celia L. Pitogo.