INCO-DC contract Nš ERBIC4CT 98-0291
||This picture shows the
harvesting of kelp in Sanggou Bay. Kelp are cultivated on ropes which are
hung between longlines. The double ropes allow the depth of the kelp to be
adjusted according to the available sunlight and the turbidity of the
There are areas of kelp monoculture, with ropes
spaced 2m apart, and areas where polyculture of kelp and oysters, or kelp
and scallop, is carried out, with ropes placed 3m from each other.
|This photo was taken in
November 2001, at the final project meeting. It's a beautiful sunny
morning, outside the Huang Hai hotel in Qingdao - but already rather cool,
as you can tell by the clothes worn by most people. Although Qingdao is
right on Jiaozhou Bay, at a latitude of 36oN, in late
November the temperature may be low enough for there to be snow on the
beach. Huang Hai means "Yellow
Sea", and was the venue both for the kick-off workshop and for the
final project meeting.
||Coordinating this project
was a full-time job for Cedric Bacher. Here he can be seen celebrating a
toast in traditional Chinese style. At a banquet such as this, the menu is
highly varied and refined. The host and other participants will honour
their guests by proposing toasts, which may be directed at one person in
particular or extended to all around the table. Frequently, such moments
of celebration culminate in ganbei, literally to "dry the
cup". Here, chinese white wine, also known as Mao-Tai, is the
beverage of choice.
|In Western countries, aquaculture is the fastest-growing food production sector, but which has largely been both intensive and
monospecific. In contrast, Asia has a long history of combining different species in
polyculture, embracing principles of ecological engineering within integrated farming systems, achieving a more sustainable solution through recycling of wastes from culture cages,
ponds and sewage outfalls into high-value protein crops for human consumption. In China alone, the annual output from aquaculture is more than 20 million tons,
30% higher than the wild catch, and represents more than 60% of total global aquaculture.
||In this last picture, the
courtesy and generosity of Chinese hosts is demonstrated by a gift of
flowers and wine, after a particularly unusual rendition of a popular
Karaoke is a staple component of the Chinese joy
of living. The fun and friendship generated by these occasions was
certainly a factor in building the bridges required for completing our
These images reflect the fond memories of
three excellent years.