For the poor living in central Nepal, each day is a struggle to get enough to eat. Consuming locally harvested fish would help, but most workers earn no more than a dollar per day, not nearly enough to afford the protein-rich carp pulled from the region's lakes. The obvious way to cut prices and enhance availability is to sustainably produce more fish. It's a strategy the Nepali government, since 1972, has encouraged by promoting "cage fishing" — a simple form of aquaculture employing underwater "chicken coops" to raise fish. It worked to point. But harvests were modest and people remained undernourished.
That was then. Today, thanks in large part to a small but significant change in technique introduced by Jack Jones, MU's Dunmire Professor of Water Quality, cage fishing is flourishing. Get a closer look by clicking on the arrow above.