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In coordination with the Quechua Indigenous University “Casimiro Huanca” – UNIBOL, the Fish for Life II team supported the organization and execution of the II INTERNATIONAL AQUACULTURE SYMPOSIUM that was held in Chimoré-Cochabamba from December 5 to 7, 2016 in the UNIBOL Campus. The event also had the support of various public and private entities that jointly worked and contributed to the success of the event.

In coordination with the Quechua Indigenous University “Casimiro Huanca” – UNIBOL, the Fish for Life II team supported the organization and execution of the II INTERNATIONAL AQUACULTURE SYMPOSIUM that was held in Chimoré-Cochabamba from December 5 to 7, 2016 in the UNIBOL Campus. The event also had the support of various public and private entities that jointly worked and contributed to the success of the event.

The directors, teachers and students of the UNlBOL Aquaculture Engineering program starred in the event. More than 200 people attended (with an almost equal number of men and women) including students, producers, technicians, teachers, local authorities, and researchers from the country and abroad.
32 master presentations were held by specialists from Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, and Chile. Fish for Life II contributed with dissertations given by professionals from each of its six partner institutions. In addition, there were important presentations from UNIBOL, EMBRAPA of Brazil, public and private universities of Bolivia, Producer Organizations, the Chamber of Senators of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia, NGOs, private companies and others.

The topic on “Technological innovations” was the one with the greatest coverage, with 17 presentations, followed by Integral Aquaculture (nine presentations), which included socio-economic aspects of high interest.

This important event concluded with the formation of the Steering Committee for the Third International Symposium to be held in Santa Cruz in 2018 with the leadership of the Gabriel Rene Moreno Autonomous University, the support of the PPV II, IRD (Institute of Research for Development, France) and several other entities and fish farmers, academics and public authorities voluntarily assigned.

The expectations of national and international participants were greatly exceeded and as a result of the event, they consider that the future of the fish farming sector in Bolivia looks very promising.

– Severo Villarroel – Rector of UNIBOL – Bolivia:

“The enormous potential of this sector is being shown not only for food security, but also as economic hope. “The only way to move forward is to know.”

– Joachim Carolsfeld – WFT Director – Canada:

“I believe that a key component of the Symposium was the interaction of international, national and local visitors who together have built links for the future”

– Rosmery Chura hanco – Vice Rector UNIBOL – Bolivia:

“Quality of exhibitors…Recognize and value training, academic quality and experience…The selflessness and their human quality towards our University and our people is quite great and I consider and value that”

– Melvi Vera Yapura – Student – UNIBOL – Bolivia:

“Very useful for us students as well as for the fish farmers present here”

– Maria del Carmen Arenas – Association of multiethnic producers of San Buena Ventura – Bolivia:

“We are from the North of La Paz, from the Amazon... we have been river fishermen since ancient times..., now we have been venturing into fish farming for five years... the Symposium, the truth is, has been excellent with very fluid information and experts... for It has been very nutritious for us…The most important thing that I am going to take away is the experiences of other countries….the technical part and the information from other fish farmers”

– Brian Davy – PPV II Advisory Committee – Canada:

“Bolivia is starting fish farming and needs a lot of training. “To do this, you need strong organizations.”

– Luis Eduardo Lima – EMBRAPA Researcher – Brazil:

“I see the future of fish farming in Bolivia as prosperous as in Brazil. Bolivia has everything to grow correctly. The country's potential is there: the amount of water, the number of species and the people. “I believe they have everything to prosper and be the next main producers in South America”

– Rodrigo Daza – PPV II Coordinator – Bolivia:

“The most important thing is to have brought them all together, so that they are talking at the same table, exposing their interests, expectations and what should be done for a better development of the sector”

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