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Aquaculture Compendium

Comprehensive, encyclopedic resource for information on aquaculture

Changes to Compendia distribution data: the distribution tables, maps and references in datasheets have been restructured to handle the data better for updating and align with a geographic standard. Further details are available on the About page.


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what is the Aquaculture Compendium?

An encyclopedic, mixed media resource covering all aspects of aquaculture. It addresses issues of aquatic animal and plant production, natural resources and environment, biodiversity, trade, food security and safety, poverty alleviation, livelihoods and much more 

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*** STOP PRESS: the functionality of the Aquaculture Compendium (AC) website has been upgraded, including providing subscribers with zoomable distribution maps. New features associated with these maps include grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionalities, better presented maps showing physical features, and improved map labelling for countries and states/provinces. Further improvements include citation linking in the text and tables to references at the end of datasheets. These are key enhancements which we encourage our subscribers to explore. ***


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vital stats

  • Over 700 datasheets including detailed information on 300+ cultured aquatic species and 100 aquatic diseases and disorders
  • Summary information on 200 other diseases
  • Overview datasheets on production and environmental systems, and wide-ranging issues in aquaculture
  • 130 case studies; examples of practical problem solving and innovation
  • An electronic library of specially commissioned and previously published information – featuring 1000 items from internationally respected sources
  • Bibliographic database with over 80,000 records, all soft-linked from citations within the text
  • Over 2,000 images to allow for easy identification and teaching
  • An Interactive glossary, with more than 30,000 definitions 


unique features

  • Case studies covering major aquaculture issues and hot topics that not only summarise present knowledge, but also provide models of practical problem solving and improvement through educational, technical, social or economic innovation
  • Informative texts provided by leading world experts on cultured aquatic animals and plants, and their production, diseases and environmental impact as well as important generic issues and topics in aquaculture
  • Maps illustrating aquatic species' wild and cultured distributions, sourced from FishBase, by permission of WorldFish Center and other publishing partners
  • Informative mapping of disease distribution data, kindly provided by OIE (World Organization for Animal Health)
  • Over 2,000 images illustrating cultured species, diseases, production systems and other
    aquaculture issues and topics
  • Electronic Library of over 1,000 articles sourced from over 80 publishers, including over 50 book chapters re-published from CABI books. Other material includes electronic books, reports, classified and indexed Internet links, and a large collection of extension documents


what does it cover?

Coverage is of fish, molluscs, crustacea, algae and live feed culture in marine, brackish and freshwater environments, including:
Production, health and husbandry / Engineering and technology / Economics, economic development and marketing / Environment, governance, trade, legislation and social impacts


who uses it?

Aquaculture production, health and food industries
Agriculturalists and agronomists
Coastal zone managers
Development professionals
Fish and shellfish farmers; both marine and freshwater, and also integrated
Feed and chemical suppliers
Government fisheries and aquaculture departments
Investors and financiers
Irrigation and water engineers 
Marketers, including wholesale and retail
National and international donor organizations
Policy makers
Quarantine specialists
Researchers and extension workers
Social scientists
Start-up aquaculture ventures
Students and teachers
Veterinarians and pathologists


Users familiar with the old version of the Compendium might be interested to know about how the new platform for the Compendium improves on the past platform and may wish to read the frequently asked questions that address these differences.


Introducing the International Development Consortium

The Aquaculture Compendium is an initiative of 15 partners in a global Development Consortium, which includes government departments, technical institutions, development-assistance agencies and private-sector companies

International Development Consortium:

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) | Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) | Bangladesh Agricultural University | CAB International | Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) | Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) | Department for International Development (DFID), UK | International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) | Intervet International BV, Netherlands | New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) | Nha Trang University of Fisheries, Vietnam | Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) | United States Agency for International Development (USAID) | United States Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS)

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Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) | Institute of Aquaculture - University of Stirling | Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel (IFM-GEOMAR) | Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) | World Aquaculture Society (WAS)

Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa (SARNISSA) Consortium:
University of Stirling (coordinator) | Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) | Bunda College, Malawi | Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France | ETC Netherlands | Institut de Recherche Agricole pour le Développement (IRAD), Cameroon | Moi University, Kenya | WorldFish Centre

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Eurpoean Union (EU) logo 

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