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Special Virtual Issue of JWAS for Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2017

To celebrate the opening of the WAS Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2017 convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 24-27, 2017, the Journal of the World Aquaculture (JWAS) has compiled a Special Virtual Issue of papers that highlight aquaculture research in the Asian-Pacific Region. These papers will be available to download for free until August 27, 2017, on the JWAS home page, at this link: [More..]

Transforming the Aquaculture Industry in Malaysia - Magazine Article Translated

As we prepare to open Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2017 in Malaysia in a few days, WAS is pleased to announce that a recent article from World Aquaculture Magazine has been made available in a local Malaysian language. Our June 2017 article titled "Transforming the Aquaculture Industry in Malaysia" by Mohd Fariduddin Othman et al. is now available to all visitors of our website. Enjoy. [More..]

Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2017 Abstracts Posted

The abstracts for the upcoming meeting in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia have been published and can be reviewed online now. Also be sure to check our mobile app and mobile optimized web pages for the meeting. [More..]

Spotlight on Africa - Magazine Articles Translated

As part of our “Spotlight on Africa” during World Aquaculture 2107 in Cape Town, WAS is pleased to announce that two recent articles from World Aquaculture Magazine have been made available in more languages used in Africa. Our June 2017 article about Biofloc Tank Culture of Tilapia in Malawi, by Ray Kourie, looks at a success story of using this important technology. [More..]

Large-Scale Biofloc Tank Culture of Tilapia in Malawi – a Technical Success Story

Although Malawi is endowed with the ninth largest lake in the world and the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa, overfishing resulted in the collapse of the tilapia fishery around 1990-1991. Tilapia, known locally as chambo, is the country’s favorite fish and now costs from US$ 4.00-8.00/kg (R55-110/kg) for whole or live fish. This is a result of market scarcity which is unfortunate considering the massive demand for the fish and its abundant availability at very affordable prices (< US$1.50/kg) prior to 1990. Population growth at nearly 3 percent per annum in Malawi since 1990 has put the anticipated supply shortfall of fish in the country at around 80,000 t for 2017 based on sustaining 1990 per capita supply levels [More..]

Editor's Note - Aquaculture and “The Fish on My Plate”

One of the more thoughtful voices shaping discussion of fisheries and aquaculture in the public sphere in the US is Paul Greenberg. The author and fisherman is perhaps best known for his book Four Fish that tells the story of fish that Americans are overeating: cod, salmon, bass and tuna. The PBS Frontline documentary series recently aired a film by Paul called The Fish on My Plate about his year of eating fish every day. At the core of the piece was the question of what fish should I eat that’s good for me and also good for the planet? The film was based on the forthcoming book The Omega Principle about omega-3 fatty acids and how the health of the oceans is connected with personal health. The documentary is about Paul’s journey and exploration of the subject during the year of his self-imposed diet.  [More..]

Dr. Ian Forster - Outstanding JWAS Reviewer - Fourth Quarter 2016

“Of the many benefits of being a reviewer of scientific literature, two stand out. First, is the feeling of participating in the progression of science. Every scientist, whether aspiring or experienced, knows the value of having access to literature that has been peer-reviewed, but the only way this can exist is for people in the field to provide their input as reviewers. Being a reviewer gives me satisfaction in the knowledge that I’m helping to ensure publication of high quality science. A second benefit to me is that by reviewing the work of other researchers, I can gain insights that assist me when thinking about and planning my own research. I’m always delighted when I’m reviewing an article, perhaps one that is not directly in my field and that I probably would not see except as a reviewer, and I read about a technique or statistical procedure that is unknown to me but which could provide valuable new insights, or simplify my work.”
Ian Forster, Ph.D.
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Aquaculture America 2017 - San Antonio Texas Abstract Book

For those struggling with the program book for the San Antonio meeting, we have published the abstract book to the website. It can be downloaded from the more info link. [More..]
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June 2017 President's Column

Sadly this will be my last column as I approach the end of my term as President of the Society. Like most nice things, everything comes to an end. I must reflect upon the achievements of WAS during my term and evaluate whether we have made progress toward my proposed objectives of being the leading, high-profile and most important aquaculture society in the world, with a strong commitment to promoting the development of sustainable aquaculture across the five continents by assisting in the exchange of the latest scientific and technological information among academic, private, government and non-profit sectors. I thank all WAS members for entrusting me with the leadership of our Society, and I am grateful to our staff and governing board members for their tireless efforts on behalf of the organization. I am happy to announce......

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