I Chiu Liao
Chair Professor, Dr. I Chiu Liao
I. General Information
My almost 40 years of research and teaching experience had contributed a lot on the development of the aquaculture industry in Taiwan. The breakthrough on the larval rearing of grass prawn, Penaeus monodon, has resulted in the mass production of this species and created a quantum leap in the growth of the prawn culture industry. Because of this, I was known locally and in the international scientific and commercial community as the "Father of P. monodon culture". The aquaculture boom resulting from the established technology has placed Taiwan as one of leading prawn producers in the world during the 1980s. After perfecting the technology for prawns, artificial propagation studies on finfishes and other crustaceans followed.
Success in grey mullet and milkfish had served as a solid foundation for the artificial propagation of other marine finfishes, including the currently important aquaculture species such as groupers, snappers and cobia among others. The continuous developments and improvements in the aquaculture industry of Taiwan eventually followed, including the use of highly intensive recirculating systems, and the popular off-shore cage aquaculture. Currently, I am involved in research as the Principal Project Leader of a 3-year NSC project on "Advancing the technology for commercial intensive prawn culture system".
I have edited/co-edited a total of 16 books and proceedings, the latest of which is "Cobia Aquaculture: Research, Development and Commercial Production" which was published in February 2007. I also published 468 papers which include Review Papers (48), Book Chapters (58), Journal Papers (215), and Proceedings (99).
My non-research activities include the establishment of the Tungkang Marine Laboratory, internationally known as the "Mecca" of aquaculture research in the region. I also facilitated the realization of a 2000T research vessel of the then Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute (where I served as Director General from 1997-2002), and the construction of two public aquaria.
I am also invited to give lectures and plenary speeches in many local and international meetings, and advisory services in many aquaculture practices all over the world.