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SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Tel 662-2002 ext. 84484 E-mail Website httpsta.uwi.edufstlifesciencesiramnarine.asp PROF. INDAR RAMNARINE 116 Indar Ramnarine graduated at the top of his class in 1980 with a BSc Hons degree in Agriculture from The UWI.He pursued an MSc in Fisheries Biology and Management from the University College of North Wales Bangor and was awarded this degree in 1985. He joined The UWI as a Teaching Assistant in 1985 in the Department of Zoology and registered for a PhD under the supervision of Professor J.S. Kenny. He was appointed Assistant Lecturer in 1989. He worked on developing the technology for the culture of the cascadu for his doctoral research. When he completed his PhD in 1992he got eight publications in refereed journals from this study. He completed an MBA Heriot-Watt UniversityEdinburgh Business School in 2001specialising in Human Resource Management. Today not only is Professor Ramnarine known for his work in aquaculture but also for fish biology and fisheries management. He has worked on many local species such as cascadu tilapia prawns shrimp crabs oysters and river conch developing or improving ways of cultivating and breeding them. His focus has been on the spawning nutritional requirements and hatchery development and production of these important local species with the potential for aquaculture. He has developed methods for induced spawning in cascadu and river conch determining the nutritional requirements of both species and also the production technology for commercial culture. Internationally he has worked on the hatchery and production technology for the Malaysian prawn and has improved methods for the intensive culture of the tilapia. He has designed hatcheries and fish farms in Trinidad GuyanaBangladesh and Nepal all pro bonoand has done volun- tary work in Jamaica Guyana Suriname Cambodia Nepal Thailand and Bangladesh. Professor Ramnarines research on fisheries has focused on the development of sustainable fishing methods and he has worked closely with the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture Land and Marine Resources MALMR. With the involvement of post-graduate studentshe has determined the optimal mesh size for the fish pot fishery of Trinidadas well as the optimal mesh size for the local carite and mullet gillnet fishery. They have also evaluated the fish nursery function of the Caroni Swamp and he has developed a management plan for the fisheries resources of the Caroni Swamp. In recent years Professor Ramnarine started behavioural and evolutionary studies using the guppy as a model. He became interested in these fishes when he met Anne Magurrana postdoc- toral student at The University of Wales in the UK. During their collaborationhe realized that the common drain fishalso known as seven colours or millions which he collected as a boy were excellent model specimens to study evolution biology and behaviour. His work yielded numerous scientific papers with collaborative links with researchers from ScotlandWalesEngland CanadaAustraliaUSAItaly and Germany. He conducted surveys in both islands of Trinidad and Tobago to look at the diversity of fish and decapod crustaceans and has co-supervised two graduate students who studied the diversity of these groups. He developed a key for the identification of the freshwater fish of Trinidad and Tobago and conducted a study on the aquatic biodiversity of the Caroni Swamp with emphasis on the fish and shellfish diversity. He is currently part of a research team led by Professor A.Magurran of St Andrews Universitywhich was awarded a European Research Council Grant for the sum of 1.8 million euros for the project entitled Biological diversity in an inconstant worldtemporal turnover in modified ecosystems.This project which began in September 2010 involves research in freshwater ecosystems in Mexico the Amazon Scotland and Trinidad. The project ends in 2015 and has already revealed interesting findings on the effects of humans on aquatic species diversity and abundance. Professor Ramnarine is known for the development of urban aquaculture using the tilapia. He introduced aquaponics to Trinidad with the assistance of his long-standing collaborator Professor James Rakocy.He is involved in research on the develop- ment of aquaponics with the intention of screening local plants and fish species for the development of backyard systems. He is also working with a post-graduate student on the development of a by-catch model for the shrimp trawl fishery in the Gulf of Paria. He has played an active role in national development of the indus- try he served on the Fisheries Monitoring and Advisory Commit- tee of the MALMR as Deputy Chairmanas well as on the National Wetlands Committee. He was also instrumental in leading a UWI Team that developed a Policy for the Management of Marine Fisheries of Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Marine Affairs and the Deputy Chairman of the National Environmental Assessment Task Force. As Chairman of the Institute of Marine Affairshe introduced tank culture of the Pacific White Shrimp.The project has been quite successful and it is the first attempt at culture of shrimp using a marine recirculating system in Trinidad Tobago. Under his direction the IMA constructed a hatchery at Grande Riviere for incubation of eggs from the leatherback turtle. This project has been successful and has enormous potential