Center for International Education
Fall 2007

UNH prof and alum involved with environmental issues in Egypt


From left: Prof. Barbaros Celikkol, ASA-IM Regional Director Chris Andrew (‘82), and His Excellency Mr. Amin Abaza, Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation

From left: Prof. Barbaros Celikkol, ASA-IM Regional Director Chris Andrew (‘82), and His Excellency Mr. Amin Abaza, Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation

Last May, Barbaros Celikkol, professor of mechanical engineering, and UNH alumnus Chris Andrew, Class of ‘82 (B.A. in History), attended a conference in Egypt to participate in discussions concerning the impact of cage aquaculture on the environment along the Nile River.

The conference was sponsored by the American Soybean Association-International Marketing (ASA-IM) and the Fish Council of the Egyptian Agribusiness Association in response to a government decision that removed thousands of aquaculture cages from two Nile River branches. According to the Egyptian Minister of Irrigation and ASA-IM consultants, environmentally sound standards needed to be defined for carrying capacity, suitable sites, cage numbers, feeding methods and feed specifications. Celikkol and Andrew, regional director for ASA-IM, were among the 12 experts invited from the U.S., France, the Netherlands, Thailand, U.K. and Egypt to make presentations at the conference.