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Keynote Speaker

Sustaining Seas, Sustaining Futures: Blue Economy Potential in Pulau Layang-Layang, Malaysia


Assoc. Professor Ts. Dr. Ejria Binti Saleh

Borneo Marine Research Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia

Ejria Saleh is an Associate Professor at the Borneo Marine Research Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia. She holds a Diploma and a BSc. (Hons) degree in Fisheries Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia, an MSc degree in Recent Environmental Change from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, and a PhD in Oceanography from Universiti Malaysia Sabah. Previously, she held positions as the manager for the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Sabah Branch Office under the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (2013-2016), and as Deputy Director of the Borneo Marine Research Institute (2016-2020). At present, she actively contributes to the implemention of Goal 4: Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Measures Achieved of the CTI-CFF Malaysia. Her research focuses on coastal oceanography, climate change, and coastal communities. She is a member of the World Seagrass Association and the Malaysian Nature Society. She has participated in numerous scientific marine expeditions within the Sabah waters and has led over 10 funded research projects. Additionally, she has authored and co-authored over 100 articles, books, and book chapters pertaining to coastal oceanography and climate change adaptation. Currently, she leads the Marine Biodiversity Cluster for the project titled 'Sumber Semulajadi dan Potensi Pembangunan Strategik Ekonomi Luar Pantai Malaysia: Pulau Layang-Layang’, funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. Under this project, she led the inaugural expedition in 2022 and actively participated in the subsequent expedition in 2024.

Plenary Speakers

Engaging Fishers for Asian Horseshoe Crab Conservation in Northern Beibu Gulf of China


Professor Dr. Kit Yue Kwan
Beibu Gulf University, Guangxi, China

Professor Dr. Kit Yue Kwan is a marine ecologist based at Beibu Gulf University, Guangxi, China. After completing his BSc and PhD studies at City University of Hong Kong, he continued his research work in finding workable solutions to tackle issues on marine biodiversity conservation and management, particularly the understudied invertebrates, including horseshoe crabs in Asian regions. Prof. Kwan is currently serving as a steering committee member of the Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group under the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) as well as the Mangrove Ecosystem Committee under the Ecological Society of China, and a member of IUCN SSC China. He organized the 4th International Workshop on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs in China, assisted the establishment of the International Horseshoe Crab Day, and am now leading the Asian Horseshoe Crab Observation Network program. His recent research work focuses on identifying critical habitats and threats of Asian horseshoe crabs, and developing practical protocols for collecting/reporting juvenile population information and conceptual frameworks for responsible stock enhancement programs for the conservation of horseshoe crab populations. His findings contributed to the listing of Asian horseshoe crabs as State Key Protected Wildlife Animals in China, the formulation of Hong Kong Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, and the IUCN Red List assessment of horseshoe crabs in Asia. His research stories were also covered in Chinese National Geographic, CCTV-13, Xinhua News Agency, China Daily and other influential media platforms.

Seafood Safety and Security Aligned to Planetary Health


Professor Dato' Dr. Aileen Tan Shau Hwai, FASc    
Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Professor Dato' Dr. Aileen Tan is the Director of Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) in Universiti Sains Malaysia; Fellow of Academy Science Malaysia; Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific University-Community Engagement Network (APUCEN) and Vice Chair of UNESCO IOC of Western Pacific. She is also a Board member of Partnership for Observations of the Global Oceans (POGO). She serves as international steering committee in several organisations such as CoastPredict, Global Ocean Corps, Global Partnership on Plastic and Marine Litter; and EquiSea. Her field of expertise is in marine science, specializing in mariculture and conservation of molluscs, promoting “green aquaculture”, to create an impactful sustainable income for the local communities, besides creating a balance between profit and environment protection. She believes strongly in translating her knowledge and benefitting the communities with research findings, creating a better tomorrow for all.

Approaches for Fish Virus Disease Control: An Example against Cyprinid Herpesvirus 2 Infection


Professor Dr. Motohiko Sano
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Sano is currently working as a professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. He received his PhD in Fisheries Science from the Tokyo University of Fisheries. He worked for a company for fisheries drug development, and the National Research Institute. His specific field is fish virus disease and the control including virus and host interaction. He was in charge of a reference laboratory of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for koi herpesvirus disease and is currently the Executive Committee member of the Fish Health Section of Asian Fisheries Society, and the President of the Japanese Society of Fish Pathology, which has published a journal “Fish Pathology”.

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