The creation of a Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS) has been requested by the RECOFI Members countries in response to the rapid development of the aquaculture sector in the region.
During the Third session of the Commission (Doha, Qatar, 9–11 May 2005) Kuwait offered to host the RAIS in the premises of the Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fisheries Resources and allocated the funds to develop the regional information system. The Commission further requested the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department to develop the system.
The RAIS has been designed applying the most up-to-date information technology and database management in accordance to international IT standards: i.e. the Open Source Content Management System TYPO3. The system is user-friendly as allows rapid data entry from the administrators and easy retrieval from end users.
The use of specific tool such as “white page” directories also allows easy creation of dedicated Web pages created upon request to provide outlooks on the emerging regional aquaculture issues.