Senior Adviser, Myanmar Fisheries Federation
Dr. Nyan Taw earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology at the University of Tasmania, Australia, in 1976 under Colombo Plan scholarship. He has been a consultant and aquaculture advisor to many governments and private enterprises in Southeast Asia and has been involved in aquaculture projects, such as JICA and ADB, in Myanmar.
In 1988, he joined the FAO of UN and served at FAO/UNDP/UNHCR fisheries and aquaculture projects in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, as chief technical advisor until early 1995. Over the years, he has accumulated valuable commercial experience by joining the private commercial sector and served in a number of locations in Indonesia on various aquaculture projects, including as senior vice-president responsible for R&D and commercial production at one of the largest integrated shrimp farms in Indonesia. Dr. Nyan joined Blue Archipelago Berhad as senior technical advisor/GM in August 2009 to develop a biosecure modular intensive shrimp farm project (iSHARP) at 1,000 hectares of land.
Dr. Nyan has provided consultancy for shrimp farming companies in Central and South America, the Middle East and Asia. He conducted Shrimp Biofloc Technology workshops for shrimp farmers, researchers and investors in Malaysia, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.
In 2014, he joined the FAO of the United Nations as short-term consultant for FAO/WB Coastal Resource for Sustainable Development project in Vietnam, and was involved with the FAO project, UTF/SAU/048/SAU strengthening and supporting further development of aquaculture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Nyan has published and presented over 90 papers, FAO field documents and training manuals. He and a research team has published a book entitled, “Prawn Culture in Burma,” in 1984. His recently published book on shrimp farming is titled, “Intensive shrimp farming systems in Asia: Commercial implementation of biosecure and biofloc systems to help control shrimp farming diseases” (Taw, N. 1918, Scholars’ Press). He is a member of Biofloc Working group, Aquaculture Engineering Society, World Aquaculture Society.