Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation (HAKI)
The Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation (HAKI) is the leading research institute in aquaculture and fisheries in Hungary. The institute was established in Szarvas, at the Körös River valley, where fish culture has a long tradition. As a result of an FAO/UNDP supported development project between 1974 and 1980, the institute became an internationally acknowledged centre of aquaculture research, training and development.
The institute is implementing a multidisciplinary research work, to provide scientific basis for the development of various fish culture technologies, and for the responsible use and protection of the aquatic environment. The three major fields of research are: aquatic ecology; fish biology; and aquaculture. The research work is carried out in the frame of specific projects such as: fish genetics and gene banking; management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems; structure and function of integrated aquaculture systems; fish feeding and feed technologies; fish disease prevention by immunostimulants; fisheries management of natural waters; and the development of water efficient and environment friendly fish production systems.
The scientific work is closely related to the development of sustainable fish production systems, and aquatic ecosystem management. The scientists of the institute are actively involved in various aquaculture and fisheries development programmes in the frame of national and international projects through consultancies, extension services, and training, but the institute also provides laboratory services, and high value fish seed for these projects.
In order to adapt better to the changing economic environment, and meet the new challenges, the institute has established an association, called “Aquapark”, in which the institute works together with commercial enterprises, including pond fish farms, intensive fish farm, duck farm, fish feed mill, and engineering company.
The institute has been actively involved in international aquaculture development projects in developing countries in the past twenty years, especially in South East Asia. The institute is also playing an active role in the development of relationship among Eastern and Western European institutions in fisheries and aquaculture. HAKI is the founder of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central and Eastern Europe (NACEE) which has 29 members from 9 countries in the region.
The Network was formally founded during the First Meeting of NACEE Directors (Szarvas, Hungary, 21-24 November 2004), when directors and representatives of 23 institutions and organizations from 13 CEE countries signed a formal Founding Document and agreed on the structure and the operational framework of NACEE.
After requesting the establishment of formal relations between the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central and Eastern Europe (NACEE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), FAO decided to grant NACEE liaison status with the Organization on 7 June 2006.
Although the informal, „club-like” structure of NACEE made it easy to start the network and assured a flexible operation, afrer some time it became a constraint, especially because it effectively blocked the access of NACEE to project consortia and project funds. NACEE could only participate through its members, not on its own, and its contribution was generally limited to dissemination of the project results.
Seeing these limitations, the directors of NACEE institutions agreed to move toward transformation into a registered non-profit organization during the Sixth Meeting of NACEE Directors (Torun, Poland, 15-17 September, 2009). After one year of preparatory work, the Founding General Assembly of the new NACEE Association was held in Szarvas, Hungary, on 2 December 2010, and the association was officially registered on 26 January 2011.
Structure and function
The Network is a voluntary union of Central and Eastern European institutions and professionals active in the field of aquaculture, in which all members retain their full independence. The day-to-day operation of the network is coordinated by the elected Executive Board, which is responsible to the General Assembly.The Board also maintains the secretariat, which is located in Szarvas, Hungary. The operation and finances of NACEE are controlled by the Supervisory Board, while the research agenda of the Association is determined by the Technical Advisory Committee.
All member institutions assign a liaison officer (preferably speaking both English and Russian) who maintains regular contact with the Secreteriat. The language of the communication is English or Russian. Members inform the Secretariat about events, which may count on the interest of other members. The Secretariat then distributes the information among the members of the Network. The Secretariat also disseminates major information from European organisations and institutions, which may be relevant for members of the Network. Regular meetings of the General Assembly are held annually in conjunction with a thematic workshop. New members can join the Network with the approval of the General Assembly.
Current members of NACEE
NACEE membership is open to any Central and Eastern European research institute, university, producer association or individual active in the field of fisheries and aquaculture. Currently, the Network consists of 29 institutions and individuals from 9 countries