Day 1 :
Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Inc., USA
Keynote: Wild caught plus cultured fisheries products – Can the demand be met without destroying the resource, the environment, and the dependent socioeconomic systems?
Time : 10:30-11:00
Quenton Dokken is the President/CEO of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Inc. and past Associate Director of Center for Coastal Studies of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. As a Research Scientist, he has conducted studies in “The socioeconomics of Texas fisheries, the biological productivity of natural and artificial reefs, the ecology of ichthyoplankton in a bay system and the nutritional requirements of cultured species”. Today, he is working with fishers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and chefs to maximize efficient utilization of seafood products.
Outlaw fishing, slave ships, overfished stocks, conflicting management strategies, conflict between harvest groups, disease in intensive culture conditions, eutrophication through the use of enriched feeds, habitat destruction, weakened gene pools, climate change, growing demand, etc., the state of fisheries globally is not on a course of sustainability. Recognizing the importance of fisheries, economically, culturally and nutritionally, this portends conflict and hardship in the future. Knowing these threats, what can we do to redirect the fisheries industry to a sustainable future? The solution lies in coordinated collaboration between governments, resource management agencies, law enforcement, scientists, fishers, wholesalers, processors, retailers, chefs, consumers, and environmentalists. The solution also requires commitment by vested interests to the mission of effective management, the goal to reach sustainability and the strategy to achieve the goal. This is not a new understanding or idea, yet to date this collaboration has not been adequately accomplished and the fisheries industries continue to sail toward extinction. We see the threat and know the causes; can we assert the will power to impose the solution?
Ocean University of China, China
Time : 11:20-11:50
Huarong Guo has completed her PhD from Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China and Post-doctoral studies from University of South Carolina, USA. She set up her own lab in College of Marine Life Sciences, Ocean University of China in 2011 and focus on “The development of continuous cell lines from the adult tissues and early embryos of economically important penaeid shrimps”. She has been an executive council member of Shandong Society for Cell Biology (China) since 2014 and published more than 26 papers in reputed journals.
In vitro cultured animal cells have provided us a very powerful tool to study virology, molecular biology, cell biology and immunology, etc. In contrast to mammalian, fish and insect where the development of a variety of cell lines has become routine, the establishment of cell lines from marine invertebrates has been encountered with big obstacles, and there is no single established cell line from marine invertebrates reported. This talk reviews the advances, problems and prospectives in the field of marine invertebrate cell cultures.