Dr. Ambekar Eknath
Ambekar Eknath is an alumnus of the College of Fisheries (Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries University) Mangaluru, India. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fisheries with Distinction in 1976 and 1978, respectively. His doctorate research in Fisheries and Aquaculture began in 1980 in the Departments of Oceanography and Biology of the Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) and the Marine Ecology Laboratory of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Dartmouth, Canada). He was awarded a Ph D Degree by Dalhousie University, Canada, in 1985 for his
pioneering work on assessing the genetic implications of broodstock management practices in aquaculture of Indian Major Carps.
Ambekar Eknath has over 30 years’ experience in managing international aquaculture development projects in challenging socio-economic settings in Asia and Africa (networked in over 35 countries). He worked at ICLARM / WorldFish Center from 1987-1997 where he was responsible for the Program on Fish Germplasm Enhancement and Breeding and the pioneering Genetic Improvement of Farmed Tilapias (GIFT) Program & the International Network on Genetics in Aquaculture (INGA). From 1998 – 2006 he worked in GenoMar (Norway) as one of the founding scientists responsible for establishing GenoMar as a pioneering life sciences (genetics and breeding) company in the University of Oslo Research Park, Norway.
From 2008-2011, he was appointed as Director of ICAR – CIFA, a premier national institute responsible for research and development of freshwater aquaculture in India. He was unanimously elected the Director General of the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA, based in Bangkok, Thailand) in 2011 by the governing council of NACA composed of senior scientist – administrators from 18 member countries of Asia-Pacific. He retired from NACA in April 2014. At present, he is actively involved in Aquaculture and Fisheries Development as independent R & D consultant for various national and international organizations.