The Aquaculture Compendium (AC)is an encyclopedic, mixed media resource that brings together a wide range of different types of science-based information to support sound decision-making in aquaculture and aquatic resource management worldwide. It is comprised of information sourced from experts, and edited and compiled by an independent scientific organization.
The Compendium contains:
- Cultured species datasheets: Detailed information on over 300 cultured aquatic species, including finfish, crustacea, molluscs, algae and live feeds. Each datasheet covers taxonomy, life cycle, reproduction, nutrition and feeding, environmental requirements, health, genetics, behaviour, native and cultured distribution.
- Disease datasheets: Detailed information on over 100 aquatic diseases and disorders and summary information on 200 others. Each disease has a datasheet covering epidemiology, geographic and host range, economic impacts, pathology, clinical signs, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, zoonoses and food safety issues. Content includes the latest collated geographic distribution data from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
- Issues in aquaculture: Around 120 overview topics on ecosystems, growout production systems and issues in aquaculture. All these are linked to from relevant areas of content. For example, each cultured species datasheet contains links to associated topics; any shrimp species that is cultured in ponds (a growout system) in ricefield agroecosystems (an ecosystem), would contain up-front links to datasheets on those system-based issues.
- Case studies: About 160 context-rich case studies help link theory and practice in aquaculture and aquatic resource management. Examples cover the major aquaculture issues in extension, research and industry. For the first edition of the Compendium there is a South and South-East Asian focus on case studies with many being produced in close consultation with researchers, especially in Bangladesh and Vietnam .
- Library: An electronic library of specially commissioned and previously published information containing approximately 1,000 articles from internationally respected sources, all fully indexed for easy retrieval. The Compendium Library can be navigated using a contents list, by full-text searching or by direct linkage from a datasheet.
- Other datasheets: Species and diseases that are not represented by full datasheets (written by experts) are represented by outline datasets obtained from CAB Abstracts, OIE and FishBase. These datasheets will be enhanced in future editions.
- Search facilities: Data are held in a multi-dimensional relational database, which allows for linkages to be made easily between data components. CAB Thesaurus terms have been used to index library documents.
- Taxonomic framework, giving taxonomic details for all species covered in the Compendium. All taxa are connected by a series of taxonomic hierarchies, shown in a graphical presentation within which the user may navigate, calling up datasheets at any point and listing species for further selection.
- Bibliographic database: a subset of the latest research on aquaculture from CAB Abstracts, updated weekly, with full text of selected journal and conference articles. References cited in datasheets are linked to the citations. There is a powerful integrated retrieval tool, offering Boolean searching.
- Glossary of terms, including definitions from Balliere's Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary.
- Geographic distribution database containing country distribution data for the diseases and species covered. This provides the data for a GIS that presents the user with a dynamic mapping capability in which geographic data are automatically projected as distribution maps, global and regional, which can be compared with the distribution of another species, disease, etc.
- Country database: Datasheets on over 150 countries, with maps and statistical data on aquaculture production and additional economic data from FAO, the World Bank and other sources. Contact details for contributing organisations based in that country are included for some countries. Data can be graphically displayed (see Statistics, above).
- Pictures to illustrate cultured species, systems, topics, pathogens and diseases, usually in colour, linked internally to all other content relating to these topics. The Compendium contains over 2,000 images.