Ferosekhan Shajahan, a former student of the University Institute for Research in Aquaculture and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems (ECOAQUA) of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), has recently been awarded the prestigious Doctor Hiralal Chaudhuri Award in the category of young scientist.
Dr. Hiralal Chaudhuri was a prestigious researcher of Bengali descent, who introduced carp farming in aquaculture and made possible the blue revolution in India, based on the technology of seed production through hypophysation. He later led the intensive mixed farming in order to increase the production of artificial fish in ponds.
The award given to doctor Ferosekhan Shajahan, is based on the scientific activity that he conducted during the last 3 years in the Aquaculture Research Group (GIA), within the European project PerformFish, whose advances served to develop his doctoral thesis at the ECOAQUA institute in Gran Canaria. His thesis, presented in 2022, was entitled ‘Effect of the nutritional programming through brood stock diets and selective breeding on reproductive performance and quality of the offspring of sea bream (Sparus aurata)’.
In the interview conducted upon receiving the award at the Central Institute of Fisheries Education (ICAR), in Bombay, in southern India, he noted that he was very fortunate to be able to study at the ULPGC and its Ecoaqua Institute, renowned worldwide for the excellence in marine research, for this reason he dedicates this award to the university institution itself and his thesis directors: Marisol Izquierdo, the ULPGC vice rector of research, and to Sadasivam J. Kaushik, honorary director of the University Institute ECOAQUA.