KUCHING (Bernama) – STEM States, an international non-profit organisation that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics, plans to set up an aqua learning centre in Sarawak.
STEM States director, James Jackman, yesterday said an in-depth feasibility study to establish the centre, potentially to become the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, would be carried out soon.
“We engaged Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) organisation about six months ago and have arranged for some of their volunteers to come to Sarawak and the region to test the water quality and the soils here,” he said.
He told a press conference this before the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between STEM States, a local company Zaracon Engineering and AwF to establish the learning centre.
Depending on the outcome of the study, he said, they hoped to start the physical work on the centre by June next year and to complete it within 26 months.
“We have been meeting with various government departments (in Sarawak) to see how it could be done,” said Jackman.
Based on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) data, aquaculture industry now produced about 45 per cent of the world’s seafood, which is expected to increase to 60 per cent in 10 years’ time.