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This book is based on research carried out over nearly two decades and has been prepared over several years. It has drawn on the support of many people both in the research and writing phases. Members of the on-station and field research teams based at the Asian Insitute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, have been critical to much of the work synthesized in this text.

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has been a major supporter of this work, initially through the secondment of the authors to AIT and supporting research grants and latterly through the Aquaculture and Fish Genetics Research Programme. Financial support was also obtained from other agencies such as USAID and IDRC.

The views expressed in this document are the responsibility of the authors alone however, and not necessarily endorsed by any of these organizations.

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