Dr Chinthaka Hewavitharane has a PhD in Fisheries biology and 3 years of post-doctoral research in Fisheries biology in the Pacific. He has over 15 years of experience in aquaculture. He was working for private and state owned research facilities and aquaculture farms. In addition to this, he has been a consultant in crustacean aquaculture for AIDA (Ayuda Intercambio y desarrallo) a Spanish NGO working in 5 different countries around the east Asian region for over 4 years. He is a lecturer in the School of Marine Studies, USP teaching aquaculture. He also supervises a number of master’s and PhD students.