Opportunity in Crisis

The CTSA finds ways to turn problems into positives

  • 1 July 2020
  • Author: Mark Berthold
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Opportunity in Crisis

Cheng-Sheng Lee, director of the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, recently sent out his letter from the director in the CTSA’s monthly newsletter. He observes, “The current Covid crisis has certainly presented CTSA with challenges and opportunities, mostly related to the way our program and project PI’s interact with stakeholders, committee members and others.” While he notes that “many projects are experiencing some level of difficulty due to the pandemic, most are finding innovative ways to complete their objectives.”

An excellent example was the Center’s recent conference on aquacultured rabbitfish in the Western Pacific, which discussed hatchery production, larval rearing and grow-out. Cheng-Sheng notes, “While a typical training of this type may attract five or so people locally, the virtual platform allowed for the attendance of nearly four times as many farmers, resource managers, and researchers from throughout the region. The participant consensus at the end of the three-day training was that it was useful and informative.”

The CTSA’s annual joint Industry Advisory Council (IAC) and Technical Committee (TC) meeting was also successfully held via Zoom, including members from throughout the Western Pacific who might not have been able to attend in person even without the threat of COVID-19.

The letter concludes, “Nothing can replace in-person interaction with our friends and colleagues, but we are grateful that Zoom and similar virtual tools can be used to overcome the common disadvantages of distance in our unique, isolated region.”

Read the full letter here.

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