AQD welcomes new Deputy Chief, sends off outgoing Deputy with much appreciation

With the term of Dr. Hiroshi Ogata ending in March 2009, AQD welcomes its new Deputy Chief Dr. Teruo Azuma (pictured at left) who will serve a two-year term starting April 2009. Dr. Azuma, 50, hails from Tochigi, Japan and is married with a 21-year old daughter and an 18-year old son. He is an expert in fish physiology, breeding, behavior and ecology. His last post prior to moving to AQD is Leader of the Breeding and Physiology Section of the Freshwater Fisheries Division of Japan’s National Research Institute of Fisheries Science. He has worked on salmon and trout, and his most ­recent and significant researches are published in the science journals Aquaculture, Zoological Science, Behavior Genetics, and Fisheries Science. Dr. Azuma is a graduate of Kagoshima University (BSc) and Kyushu University (Msc and PhD).

AQD held a welcome party for Dr. Azuma on 12 March 2009 which was also a farewell party for outgoing Deputy Chief Dr. Hiroshi Ogata. In giving tribute to the contributions of Dr. Ogata, AQD Chief Dr. Joebert Toledo said that Dr. Ogata is a respected figure who has implemented with much care the new activities for the three Government of Japan Trust-funded programs on development of technologies & human capacity building for sustainable aquaculture, fish disease surveillance, and stock enhancement.

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