Photo: The UA's Kevin Fitzsimmons and James Goggin of USAID open the UA office that will administer the sustainable seafood industry development project. The office is located in the Myanmar Fisheries Federation building in Yangon, Myanmar. (Photo: May Myat Noe Lwin)
The United States Agency for International Development has awarded a University of Arizona-led partnership grant to help develop an aquaculture industry in Nyanmar. The partnership is between the UA and Yangon and Pathein Universities in Myanmar, and the Myanmar Fisheries Federation. The goals of the program are to create better facilities, improve seafood quality and internal investment, create a more highly trained workers, and improve social conditions.
The principal investigator is Kevin Fitzsimmons, director of International Programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a professor of Soil, Water and Environmental Science.
Jean McLain, associate director from the Water Resources Research Center and associate scientist in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, is leading the development of a seafood safety laboratory at Yangon University. The laboratory will be a service lab for the seafood industry as well as a training lab for university students.
Other UA researchers include Linda Chu and Julianne Hammink, both from the UA Center for English as a Second Language. They have assisted with the bilingual seafood dictionary. Josephine Korchmaros, associate research professor from the UA Southwest Institute for Research on Women, is helping to increase female participation and provide expertise on project management and statistical analyses.
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