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Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2018

[September 01, 2017]
Following up the success of the APA17 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which was attended by more than 2800 people, the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) and the Asian Pacific Chapter (APC) have agreed to organize the next APA conference (APA18) from the 23rd to the 26th of April in Taipei International Convention Centre (TICC), Taipei, Taiwan together with the help of National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) and local partners , Taiwan Fisheries Agency, Council of Agriculture (FA) , National Pingtung University, FBAT,and Fisheries Research Institute. [More..]

Advanced Aquaponics Workshop Prepares Farmers for Success

[August 30, 2017]
AMES, Iowa – Growing interest in climate-smart, sustainable agriculture has helped bring closed-loop systems like aquaponics to prominence. Despite increased interest in aquaponics, expert-led training opportunities that can provide an in-depth look at commercial aquaponic production strategies are few and far between.

With this in mind, the United States Aquaculture Society, Iowa State University and Kentucky State University have teamed up to host a full-day event titled “Advanced Aquaponics Workshop: Application for Commercial Production.” The workshop will be held on February 18, 2018 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the 2018 WAS Aquaculture America Conference. [More..]
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Editor's Note - Marine Aquaculture Hotspots and Natural Strategic Advantage

A recent journal article in Nature Ecology & Evolution about marine aquaculture hotpots has been generating some buzz in the aquaculture and science press. A research project to identify suitable areas for marine aquaculture was conducted by representatives of a partnership among The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara, with new Ph.D. Rebecca Gentry as lead author. [More..]

August 2017 JWAS Editor's Choice Papers Announced

The Editor's Choice papers have been announced for the August 2017 issue of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. The topics discussed in these award winning papers are:
  • Linkages and trust in the value chain for small-scale aquaculture in Asia
  • Assessing the reliability of water-test kits for use in pond aquaculture
  • Development and application of a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for the detection of Aeromonas salmonicida
  • Growth of hatchery-reared juveniles of the Australasian sea cucumber, Australostichopus mollis, fed with artificial and natural diets
Check out these award winning papers. [More..]

The World Aquaculture Society Signs New Publishing Contract with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The World Aquaculture Society (WAS) is pleased to announce that it has signed a new publishing contract with Wiley Periodicals, Inc., a subsidiary of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. for the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS). The new publishing contract will continue the more than 10-year partnership between the World Aquaculture Society and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. JWAS has seen significant growth in institutional circulation and usage over time, and launched its re-invigoration of JWAS in January, 2016. [More..]

Societal and Economic Impacts of Aquaculture

It is common to read headlines that decry aquaculture's detrimental effects on the environment and yet difficult to find news stories about its importance as a provider of livelihoods worldwide. Aquaculture notably affects people and societies far beyond obvious contributions to food security or any positive or negative environmental impacts. Globally, 18.7 million people currently work as fish farmers and, as with fisheries, this figure increases by three- to fourfold if secondary and postharvest employment is included. The income earned by each of these employed individuals supports up to four dependents. Increased training of women and greater participation in the workforce have followed. Employment figures mirror trends of increasing production data over the past years as well. Fish farmers now represent one third of all employees involved in fish production. In 2000, 12.6 million fish farmers composed just one quarter of that global total. Macroeconomic benefits derived from expor [More..]

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..]

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..]

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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September 2017 President's Column

Over the years, the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) has expanded efforts to reach its mandate to be a truly global professional society and exchange knowledge with the global aquaculture community. Very good efforts have been made in Asia and Latin America through our Asia Pacific (APC), Korea, and Latin America and Caribbean (LACC) chapters and we are seeing the benefits through our annual meetings. At the July APA conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2834 participants represented 46 countries giving 325 oral and 119 poster presentations. I look forward to seeing how many countries are represented in the LACQUA 17 conference to be held in beautiful Mazatlán, Mexico, November 8-10, 2017, and I encourage all our members and supporters to attend.


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