Acopian Center for the Environment Reviews Aquaculture in Armenia

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YEREVAN, Armenia – On December 10, 2014, the American University of Armenia (AUA) held a public lecture on ‘Opportunities and Restrictions of Sustainable Development of the Aquaculture Sector in Armenia.’ The speaker was Karen Aghababyan, Chief Scientist and Head of Environmental Lab at the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment.

The lecture covered a new review of the aquaculture sector in Armenia, focusing on analysis of its developmental opportunities as well as developmental restrictions. The review was conducted by Dr. Aghababyan and Dr. Gurgen Khanamirian of the Acopian Center for the Environment.

Their analysis shows that this sector continues to grow rapidly, however, the growth is mostly determined by external factors of the market, as there are a number of restrictions that impede the development of aquaculture in Armenia.

They concluded that, based on the conditions of the air, water, and other elements, there is a big potential for success in aquaculture in Armenia, however, there needs to be a complex approach to the adoption of advanced production technologies and modern systems of management, as well as the development of education and research infrastructure with the help of ongoing and active government interest and support.

The review was published in the July 2014 issue of Fisheries and Fish-Farming Journal.

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA ACE) is a research center of the American University of Armenia. AUA ACE promotes the protection and restoration of the natural environment through research, education, and community outreach. AUA ACE’s focus areas include sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation, greening the built environment, clean energy and energy efficiency, as well as information technology and the environment.


Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

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