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									    International
aquaculture extension

          Kevin Fitzsimmons
            University of Arizona

3rd National Aquaculture Extension Conference
               Tucson Arizona
                  April 2003
              Overview
Discuss benefits and concerns
How to get involved
What to expect
Benefits (industry and personal)
  Learn  about other aquaculture
  Improve professional and personal
   skills
  May be able to supplement income
        Aquaculture roots
Asia
Europe
Most   of industry is not in the US
         Global economy
 Familiar  with competitors regulations,
  business models and future directions
 Understand future industry trends and
  be able to share with domestic clients
 May develop customers for US
  suppliers (equipment, feeds,
  technology)
   Concerns (industry and
         personal)
Sharing  US industry info with
 competitors
Employed by government
 agencies
Time is diverted from domestic
 clients
May be physically dangerous
    How to get involved with
      international work
 Peace Corps
 Agency for International Development
 USDA and Sea Grant
 JICA, DANIKA, CSIRO, other national
  agencies
 Multinational agencies (UN-FAO, Fish
  Center - International Aquaculture
 Non-governmental organizations
 Private sector and development banks
        US Agency for
  International Development
1. Aquaculture CRSP
2. Farmer to Farmer Program
3. Florida A&M
4. Land o Lakes Foundation
     Private sector consulting
 Vendors   - (Feed companies, equipment
  vendors)
 Producers
 Foreign governments
                  What to expect
1. Chance to see many types of aquaculture not practiced in US
    (hi-tech and low-tech).
2. High class living and rough subsistence living.
3. Willingness to be “out of loop” (not understanding
   language, culture, traditions) and out of “control”.
4. Long hours, poor travel conditions, away from family
5. Develop appreciation for other cultures
6. Appreciate home
7. Complaints from clientele that what you were doing
   was detrimental to them
What to expect
             Conclusions
 Great  opportunities for personal and
  professional growth
 Opportunity to benefit your clientele
 Some clientele will criticize
 Not for everyone
 Chance to see the world, help the poor and
  feel that you have made a difference

								
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