I-AQUAS has a long collaboration history with researchers from international institutions and agencies. The long-term cooperation was established with the Japanese scientists in the field of marine science (JSPS) in the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology through workshops, seminars, conference and symposia that have brought Malaysian researchers to share knowledge and network with six countries in the Asian region.
To participate in the `Watch Climate Change Global’, I-AQUAS has collaborated with the `National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’ (NOAA), Hawaii, to set up a fixed station in Port Dickson, for monitoring of long-term changes in coral reef ecosystem and sea water temperature.
For the development of marine aquaculture industry, I-AQUAS researchers collaborated with scientists from James Cook University in the development of crab aquaculture in Malaysia. Inter-institutional partnerships are expected to produce positive output towards high quality crab production.
Through the British Council, I-AQUAS was in collaboration with several universities in the United Kingdom to study bivalve invasive species in Malaysian waters, including researchers from the University of Edinburgh Napier, University of Highlands and Islands, Heriot-Watt University, University of Southampton and Queen University Belfast. Teamwork among universities aims to offer Malaysian students the opportunity to collaborate with foreign experts, while addressing the risks that are likely to be faced by Malaysian species with the introduction of exotic species in our waters.
I-AQUAS, despite of its new status, has had a long collaborative research period with international partners such as JSPS, JICA and Ghent University through COMAS which was previously established. This network and research sharing have enabled I-AQUAS scientists to improve research capabilities and at the same time reflect I-AQUAS as one of the main players in the aquaculture and aquatic Science research in the region. Relations with international industries and agencies have also benefited I-AQUAS in terms of long-term research grants and technical assistance. As a new institute, I-AQUAS will continue to move forward to become a distinguished international institute in research and innovation for the development of aquatic resource based industries.