Dr. Joseph Christopher C. Rayos, chief science research specialist at the Aquaculture Research and Development Division (ARDD) of the DA-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) showcased his pioneering research on oyster cultivation techniques during the “4th World Aquaculture and Fisheries Conference” on June 24-25, 2024 in Paris, France.

In his presentation, “Strengthening oyster aquaculture in the Philippines through the bamboo raft technology,” Dr. Rayos featured the latest innovation in aquaculture focusing on enhancing the sustainability and efficiency of oyster farming, a crucial sector that supports coastal communities and economies globally.

His study addresses key challenges including environmental impact, disease management, and maximizing production yields. By integrating advanced technologies and novel approaches, Dr. Rayos and his team from NFRDI achieved significant milestones in oyster farming practices.

In his presentation, he emphasized the crucial role of knowledge sharing and cross-border collaboration. “By working together, we can amplify our impact and create positive change in aquaculture practices,” he said, advocating for international cooperation to address shared challenges in food security and environmental sustainability.

With the theme, “Revolutionizing Aquaculture and Fisheries: A Novel Outlook,” the conference was attended by diverse groups including researchers, scientists, academicians, marine biologists, aquaculturists, fish care experts, and industry representatives from around the globe. The conference aimed to showcase the potential and uniqueness of smallscale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture and served as a venue for collaboration and partnerships contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. ### (Joseph Christopher Rayos)