Dear Readers of FAN 24,
Dr Shehadeh's first post-doctoral experience was with the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii, where he became well known for his research on the reproductive biology and physiology of the grey mullet. His first service with the FAO Fisheries Department was as Fishery Resources Officer (Aquaculture) from 1972 to 1976; following FAO he joined the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM, 197682) as Associate Director and subsequently served as its Director-General. After ICLARM, he then moved to Kuwait where he directed and helped develop the Mariculture and Fisheries Department of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR, 1982-90) into a recognized centre of excellence in the region. Circumstances beyond his control forced him to leave KISR (i.e. the Gulf War) and he took a one-year appointment with the UNDP/World Bank-supported post as Executive Secretary for International Fisheries Research, where he coordinated follow up on the Study of International Fisheries Research (SIFR). He rejoined the FAO Fisheries Department in 1994 as Senior Fishery Resources Officer.
Dr Shehadehs main responsibilities at FAO since 1994 included the supervision of the normative aquaculture program, with special technical responsibility for finfish mariculture and development trends, and technical backstopping of field projects in the Near East and North Africa region. He was largely responsible for the preparation and evolution of the FAO Review of the State of World Aquaculture and the FAO Aquaculture Newsletter (FAN).
intends to continue his professional career on fulltime basis and has relocated
temporarily to Rockville, Maryland. He can be reached at: