AGRO 2015 / FSD5


The 5th International Symposium for
Farming Systems Design

“Multi-functional farming systems in a changing world”

Le Corum conference center, Montpellier, France


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Workshop W7. Aquaculture systems
: Patrick Dugan, WorldFish Center

Co-chair: Lionel Dabbadie, CIRAD

This On-Farm Workshop was co-organized by the Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier(ISEM), affiliated to CNRS and IRD and the joint Research Unit MARine Biodiversity, Exploitation and Conservation (MARBEC), affiliated to Ifremer, IRD, CNRS and Montpellier University.

The « Aquaculture system » on-farm workshop started by an early morning a lecture given by Valérie Derolez (IFREMER) on the complex aquaculture system of the coastal lake « Etang de Thau », the main French Mediterranean shellfish producing area. It is also a highly biodiverse ecosystem, that supports a wide range of economic activities, from tourism and recreational activities to agriculture and fisheries, urban habitat, industries etc. She explained the different components of the system, their natural and institutional features, how they operate and interact and the multi-stakeholders’ management that has been put in place in order to ensure good water quality for aquaculture while preserving biodiversity and natural habitats (seagrass beds etc.). She exposed the positive achievements, the current constraints and the perspectives for the future.

After many discussions that had to be interrupted to respect the time schedule, the group proceeded to Palavas-les-Flots where Béatrice Chatain led the visit of the experimental research center on marine fish farming. She presented their researches on aquaculture systems in France and tropical areas, particularly on systems adaptation and adaptability, including the Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture systems.

The lunch was taken in the restaurant of the Cathédrale de Maguelone, a 12th century building located on a small hill between the sea and the lagoon.

In the afternoon, communications where given on different aspects of aquaculture systems, as well as different areas of the world: Brazil, Madagascar, Guinea, Bangladesh.


8.30 am: Departure from Corum to Bouzigues
10.15-11.15: Lecture by Ifremer scientists on the Étang de Thau’s aquaculture system
11.15 – 12.00: Bouzigues - Palavas by scenic coastal road

12.00-1.30: Visit of the Ifremer’s Mediterranean fish farming research center and Cirad's tropical fish platform

1.45-2.45 Typical Mediterranean lunch at the Maguelone Cathedral


2.45 -5.10: Indoor session

2.45: "Effectiveness of a participatory approach for collection of economic data in aquaculture systems at farm level in Brazil"
Manoel Xavier Pedroza Filho, Embrapa, Brazil

3.05: "The role of fish farming in the farming system in the Betafo areas of Madagascar : approach by agronomic analysis and socio-economic inquiries"
Marc Oswald, ISTOM, France

3.25: "Aquaculture systems & farming systems: inside, outside or side-by-side?"
Lionel Dabbadie, CIRAD, Madagascar

3.45: "Market Access and fish farms’ density in a sub-Saharan rural country side: a case study of the village of Gbotoÿe in the forested areas of Guinea"

Augustin Pallière, APDRA, France

4.05: "Research and development network on EXtensive Fish farming in Western and Central Africa (RéSyPiex)"
Efole Ewoukem, University of Dschang, Cameroon

4.25: "Lessons learnt from a review of extensive fish farming inside family plantations economie through West and Central Africa and of their contribution to the local value chain"
Marc Oswald, ISTOM, France

4.45: "A food systems approach to aquaculture: re-orienting farming systems for improving nutritional outcomes"
Patrick Dugan, WorldFish Center, Malaysia (presented by L. Dabbadie)

General discussion and break

5.10-5.30: Way back to Corum



Credit photos: Lionel Dabbadie


Updated 02.02.16

Organizing Committee FSD5
/ AGRO2015
Contact: Brigitte Cabantous - Tel. +33 (0) - Fax. +33 (0)