Thai Fish Project: A path towards a sustainable aquaculture

Thailand has served as the world’s third largest exporter of fishery products for many consecutive years. A significant percentage of these fishery commodities are aquaculture products. Thailand places heavy emphasis on promoting research as the way to facilitate knowledge and capacity development in order to maintain sustainable aquaculture, effectively respond to domestic demand for fishery commodities, and improve competitiveness in the global market.

The Thai Fish Project, more formally titled Utilization of Thailand Local Genetic Resources to Develop Novel Farmed Fish for Global Market, began in 2019. It is led by the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology and the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand, with other notable research institutes in both Japan and Thailand, involving around 200 research members. This joint research project is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency and Japan Science and Technology Agency. 

The Thai Fish Project aims to promote domestication and wise use of two Thai native aquatic species, namely the Asian sea bass Lates calcarifer and banana shrimp Penaeus merguiensis through increasing productivity, reducing the impact of infectious diseases, and preserving genetic resources. The project also encompasses several specific research topics to ensure that it comprehensively addresses the concerns on safeguarding the food security and enhancing the environmental sustainability as much as possible.

This article describes the main research activities, outputs and future expectations of the Thai Fish Project.


Publisher: Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific

Rights: Creative Commons Attribution.


Aquaculture Asia Magazine, October-December 2023

In this issue:

  • How welfare assessments of farmed white leg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) can benefit the whole industry
  • Thai Fish Project: A path towards a sustainable aquaculture
  • Nationally-recognised ornamental fish breeder Kripan Sarkar - a man to remember
  • Tilapia parvovirus disease: An emerging threat for the tilapia aquaculture industry
  • Naihati fish seed market as state-of-the-art for sustainable support services to fish growers, buyers and traders
  • NACA Newsletter