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Informe sobre actividades (2011)

Visita en la segunda mitad
Se enviaron 17 especialistas de corto término de la Universidad de Kinki durante noviembre y diciembre, e hicieron la enseñanza tecnológica en el local, experimentos y muestreos.

Contrapartes de ARAP haciendo el cultivo de alimentos.

Especialistas de corto término haciendo la explicación a los contrapartes sobre el cultivo de alimentos.

Especialista de corto término haciendo la investigación del agua del mar delante del laboratorio.

Especialista de corto término haciendo la investigación del agua del mar delante del laboratorio.


June 6 – First general investigative committee meeting held
On June 6, the first general investigative committee meeting since the launch of this project was held at a meeting room within the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) headquarters in Panama City. A total of 17 people attended the meeting – consisting of eight representatives of ARAP including General Administrator Giovanni A. Lauri Carreti, five representatives of JICA including Chief Advisor Yoshifumi Sawada and Director Omote, two representatives of IATTC, and one observer each from the Embassy of Japan in Panama and the Japan Science and Technology Agency. The main topics of discussion for this first committee meeting were the action plans for the project’s first year, materials purchasing plans, and annual budgets for each organization. The General Administrator approved the budget and investment requested of ARAP.

From left: Chief Advisor Yoshifumi Sawada, Director Omote, General Administrator Giovanni A. Lauri Carreti.


June 3 – General Administrator of Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) visits the project.
A total of 23 representatives of Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) – including General Administrator Giovanni A. Lauri Carreti, the Sub-General Administrator, the Deputy Accounting Director, and the Investigation and Research Director – visited the project site at the Achotines Laboratory. Here, they were given detailed explanations of the future research plans by Laboratory Director Vernon Scholey (IAATC), and Chief Advisor Yoshifumi Sawada.

General Administrator Lauri observes the tank with parent yellowfin tuna.

General Administrator Lauri uses an all-purpose projector to look at the yellowfin tuna zygotes.


Short-term specialists arrived between mid-May and the end of June to start their research activities.
Five short-term specialists arrived for stays of various lengths between mid-May and the end of June to begin research activities alongside six members of Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) and three members of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) – the two counterpart organizations.

The chief advisor to the project, Professor Yoshifumi Sawada of Kinki University, has worked actively from the outset of the project activities to ensure that it can progress as smoothly as possible – ensuring as many opportunities as possible to liaise with the counterpart organizations with regard to research activities further through the short-term dispatch of specialists twice each year, and the purchasing of materials required therein.

Short-term specialists collect blood from a yellowfin tuna from the preserve. DNA is extracted from the blood collected, from which a variety of different information may be obtained.

Short-term specialists teach other researchers how to divide their yellowfin tuna samples by region of the body. By analyzing the genetic expression in different regions of the body, it should be possible to identify metabolic ecological and physiological characteristics.

Researchers and short-term specialists count rotifer (zooplankton used as feed for juvenile fish).

Researchers and short-term specialists take samples of zygotes. By investigating yellowfin tuna body constituents, it should ultimately be possible to work out which nutritional elements are essential and/or lacking.

Zygotes.

Yellowfin tuna one day after hatching.

Yellowfin tuna 19 days after hatching.


The project was launched on April 1.
Aquarium where yellowfin tuna parent fish are being raised The sea (Pacific Ocean) as seen from the project site The sea (Pacific Ocean) as seen from the project site

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