January, 2012 - Study Abroad Programme visit to Dominica
Dr Anthony Seraphin, DAAS member and Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware brought a 16 member group of students on a one month Study Abroad Programme visit to Dominica to include courses in Geography, Conservation of Natural Resources, and Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In addition to class room lectures the students went on many expeditions all over the island including the waterfalls, hot springs, the Botanic Gardens, the Boiling Lake, Morne Diablotin, OID Fish Farm, etc. Dr Clayton Shillingford gave two guest lectures to the students ..one on "Agriculture, Banana Production and International Trade" and the other on "The Environmental Factors and Plant Communities of Dominica".
January, 2012 - Gifts from Ms Gillian Shillingford
Under the DAAS umbrella a gift of children's and adult's clothing, educational toys and play things (bicycles etc) valued at EC$1200 was shipped to Dominica. The gifts were kind donation from Dr Clayton Shillingford's daughter, Ms Gillian Shillingford - Palacios.
August, 2012 - Donation of OID Tilapia Red Fish Farm
DAAS has received from Mr Norm MacDonald, Palm Coast, Florida and through Dr Clayton Shillingford donation in August 2012 of the OID (Oceanographic Institute of Dominica's) tilapia Red Fish Farm in Picard, Portsmouth, Dominica. The project is being managed by a management team led by Project Director Dr Clayton Shillingford. The project has plans to attain viability through donor funds and loan facility from local banks to expand production for local and regional consumption, to diversify the product line to dried fish, shrimp, Aquaponics and other aquaculture possibilities.. Other benefits to social and economic development include aquaculture education , employment, research and development, local source of protein nutrition, regional export, import substitution, foreign exchange and as a hedge against climate change and marine fish depletion.