Why did we choose SCALES as a name for the organisation?

SCALES – taking the letters of SCALES we have

SCALES – taking the letters of SCALES we have

We chose SCALES as our general name, but it could be referred to the Sustainable Community for Aquaculture Learning, Education & Skills (SCALES).


sustaining, strengthening and supporting physically or mentally. Covering species, population, community, ecosystem and biosphere


condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common)


aquatics as food chain culture – covering fishing and aquaculture in all aspects of the aquatic food chain


education, training, technical development, improvement of systems, transfer of knowledge


ensures empowerment, environment and economic – uplifting people, supporting equality including gender and ecosystems


brings security -food security and nutrition; security of rights; ensuring long-term welfare

Scales is one of the 30000 most used words in the Collins dictionary. Normally relates to equipment used to measure or compare the level of something or in music theory, a scale is any set of musical notes ordered by fundamental frequency or pitch; the seventh sign of the Zodiac also known as Libra (based on Latin libella, a diminutive of libra, “balance; scales”).

Scales are also very important: A fish scale is a small rigid plate that grows out of the skin of a fish. The skin of most fishes is covered with these protective scales, which can also provide effective camouflage using reflection and colouration, as well as possible hydrodynamic advantages. The term scale derives from the Old French “escale”, meaning a shell pod or husk. Scales vary enormously in size, shape, structure, and extent, ranging from strong and rigid armour plates in fishes such as shrimpfishes and boxfishes, to microscopic or absent in fishes such as eels and anglerfishes. The morphology of a scale can be used to identify the species of fish it came from. Most bony fishes are covered with the cycloid scales of salmon and carp, or the ctenoid scales of perch, or the ganoid scales of sturgeons and gars. Cartilaginous fishes (sharks and rays) are covered with placoid scales. Some species are covered instead by scutes, and others have no outer covering on part or all the skin.

Fish scales are part of the fish’s integumentary system and are produced from the mesoderm layer of the dermis, which distinguishes them from reptile scales. The same genes involved in tooth and hair development in mammals are also involved in scale development. The placoid scales of cartilaginous fishes are also called dermal denticles and are structurally homologous with vertebrate teeth. It has been suggested that the scales of bony fishes are similar in structure to teeth, but they probably originate from different tissue. Most fish are also covered in a protective layer of mucus (slime).


The five levels of ecological organization are species, population, community, ecosystem and biosphere. Ecosystems may be studied on small local levels or at the macrolevel. Similarly, species, populations and communities may be examined individually or as larger groups as well.

An environmental non-governmental agency (NGO) is an organization operated without funding from the legislature. These groups can be dedicated to preserving land, cleaning up environmental hazards, or education. In many cases, the environmental NGO is a not-for-profit organization, which operates solely on donations from the public.

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