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FAO/NACA Publication appreciated in Guayaguil Jail, Ecuador

Below are two correspondences from Ms Monica Ramirez of Concepto Azul requesting for and upon receipt of the FAO/NACA publication - Asia Diagnostic Guide to Aquatic Animal Diseases -FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 402/2, 2001.

Editor's Note:
This publication resulted from FAO's TCP/RAS/6714 (A) and 9065 (A) “Assistance for the Responsible Movement of Live of Aquatic Animals”, a regional project launched in 1998, participated by 21 countries in Asia and implemented by NACA. This publication ranks No. 1 as the most downloaded document from the publication page of the NACA website -

15 November 2005
Dear Mr Subasinghe,
In Guayaquil, Ecuador, we are a group of biologists who are working in the field of biotechnology for the development of sustainable aquaculture. We are now starting a few social projects with coastal communities and particularly another one with the Guayaquil jail.
We have been teaching biology and aquaculture to a group of 40 prisoners who are very motivated in carrying on this theoretical and practical course. We are now carrying out experimentations on the culture and pathology of native freshwater fishes inside the jail.
We are very interested in the FAO Aquaculture initiatives and documentations. Could you please send us a copy of your following publication (printed version)? Please send it to our address mentioned at the bottom of this message.
Ref: Asia Diagnostic Guide to Aquatic Animal Diseases. Bondad-Reantaso Melba G., McGladdery Sharon E., Iain East and Rohana P. Subasinghe (Eds). FAO and NACA,(2001)
Thank you very much for your interest in our project.
Sincerely yours,
Monica Ramirez

1 December 2005
Dear Mr Subasinghe,
What a great surprise! Many thanks for your collaboration with your book “Asia Diagnostic Guide to Aquatic Animal Diseases”and for your moral help. This guide is such a valuable tool.
Our jailer students keep motivated with our program in aquaculture in spite of a few difficulties at the Guayaquil jail such as strikes and water starvation. We are carrying on courses in biology and aquaculture. The men have begun culture experimentations of native freshwater fishes. We are also starting to study fish pathology and to carry out experimental infections. We are planning to work on molecular diagnostic,together with the women jailers who have implemented a small laboratory of molecular biology.
3 weeks ago, the men and the women jailers organized an “open house”in order to present their projects. They prepared posters on microbiology, the cell, DNA extraction, PCR and also fishes. They were proud to explain what they had learnt. You can have a look at the 3 pictures that I am enclosing.
I hope that I could give you good news about the advances of those projects. On behalf of our students, thank you very much for your collaboration.
Best regards,

 Concepto Azul
 PO Box 09-02-142A
 Cdla. Vernaza Norte
 Mz 10, villa 34
 Guayaquil - ECUADOR
 Telfax: (+593) 42 284 066
 Tel.: (+593) 42 284 615
A public corporation in Ecuador, Concepto Azul specializes in modern biotechnology using molecular biology and genetic engineering for the sustainable development of aquaculture and agriculture. Concepto Azul counts on a group of scientists at the levels of PhDs, Masters, specialists, biologists and technicians. This organization maintains technical and scientific consultancies in the field of pathology, epidemiology, immunology and genetics with different public and private institutions, local and foreign. It has also gained international recognition, particularly in programmes for the prevention of diseases and genetic improvement of shrimp with Panamanian, Brasilian and Peruvian companies.
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