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International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium

Conservation, management and sustainable utilisation of Artemia biodiversity

The first Training Course on Sustainable Development and Utilisation of Artemia Resources successfully held by ARARC, China

From 11-13 July 2023, the first "Sustainable Development and Utilisation of Artemia Resources" training course was successfully held in Tianjin, China. The training course was organised by the Asian Regional Artemia Reference Center (ARARC), with the support of the Artemia Association of the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance.

The course contains theoretical, practical, and operational training on Artemia cyst processing and quality control, effective utilisation of Artemia as live food in hatcheries, and Artemia pond culture techniques, aiming to promote the sustainable exploration of Artemia resources and their application in larviculture. Nearly one hundred trainees from over thirty enterprises, institutes, and universities across the country participated in the training. The comprehensive coverage of the training course was well recognised by the trainees.

Background information

The Asian Regional Artemia Reference Center (ARARC) at Tianjin University of Science and Technology in China was established in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2016. ARARC promotes and coordinates interdisciplinary and interregional Artemia research, provides a platform for information exchange on Artemia, and provides technical consultation and services for production of Artemia cysts and their use. ARARC has achieved some important progress in the field of Artemia fundamental biology, population genetics and conservation, as well as the application technology of Artemia in aquaculture.

ARARC AR-ARC maintains a cyst collection covering 300 sites representing 50 Artemia populations from different parts of the world, and maintains a database of its collection, including characteristics of the cysts and resulting nauplii hatching performance, nutritional value, and genetic identity. The ARARC gene bank is vital for Artemia resource conservation and sustainable exploitation, for scientific research on population genetics and diversity, germplasm resource evaluation and improvement, and for the efficient application of Artemia in aquaculture.

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