Prof. Dr Ketut Sugama, Director Seed Development, Directorate General of Aquaculture, Jakarta, Indonesia, and formerly Director of the Research Centre for Aquaculture, Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research, was the recipient of the 2009 Crawford Fund Derek Tribe Award in recognition of his outstanding work and leadership in the field of aquaculture. Through his personal research, research leadership and vigorous promotion of small-scale hatchery technology for milkfish and grouper, Professor Sugama has driven the rapid adoption of sustainable mariculture in several parts of Indonesia and lifted thousands of poor farmers out of poverty.
His research results have been adopted internationally, and have led to increased sustainability of mariculture through the increased production of grouper fingerlings in many countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The work is also relevant to Australia where aquaculture centres in Queensland use hatchery techniques directly based on those developed by Prof. Sugama. His dedication has supported the establishment of an agricultural sub-sector that will provide long-term benefits within Indonesia, as well as globally.