- This report is an overview of my experience working with
the Consortium for International Fisheries and Aquaculture
Development (CIFAD), administered from an office within Oregon
State University, Corvallis, Oregon. CIFAD is a non-profit
organization comprised of five U.S. universities: the University
of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), University of Hawaii (UH),
University of Michigan (UM), Michigan State University (MSU), and
Oregon State University (OSU). The program is directed by a
Coordinator and governed by a Council consisting of
representatives from each university. The function of the
Consortium is to transfer knowledge and technical expertise in
the disciplines of fisheries and aquaculture to developing
countries around the world.
My internship with CIFAD occurred during the Spring and Fall
terms of 1984, April-June and Sept.-Dec., respectively. At the
time I was hired, the Coordinator and a part time secretary were
the only personnel in the Oregon State University office. I was
originally hired simply to cover the periods during which the
Coordinator was absent from the office. My willingness to become
more involved, and the need for an additional employee, led to an
extension in both my responsibilties and the duration of my
My immediate supervisor was Harvey Moore, the Coordinator of
CIFAD. The title of my position varied. When corresponding with
foreign or U.S. officials my title was Assistant Coordinator,
however, I was more often referred to as Graduate Intern among Council members and Campus Coordinators.
The period in which I worked for CIFAD was one of transition
in both office personnel and location. Prior to my internship
Harvey Moore was planning to retire. However, Douglas Jones the
recently hired Executive Coordinator, had just accepted a
transfer which necessitated that Mr. Moore resume his
responsibilities. Mr. Moore served in this capacity for the
majority of my internship. It was his initiative that created my
position and his informal attitude that created an enjoyable
working atmosphere throughout my participation.
Toward the end of my first 3 month term with CIFAD the
office was moved from Waldo Hall to Snell Hall on the OSU campus.
The move not only provided CIFAD with better office facilities,
it placed it in the same building as the Office of International
Agriculture (OIA). This facilitated communication between the
two programs and assisted in coordination of efforts.
During the last few weeks of my internship Harvey Moore
retired and the administrative functions of CIFAD were shifted to
Fisheries and Wildlife. Dr. Richard Tubb, Head of the
Fisheries and Wildlife Department and Campus Coordinator for
CIFAD, took responsibility for the Consortium while Kevin
Hopkins, former Associate Research Scientist with the
International Center for Living and Aquatic Resources Management
(ICLARM), moved into the position of Coordinator.
What follows is a summarization of my internship
experience with CIFAD and the progression of changes that have
occurred since my participation.