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High-Impact Research: The Critical Need for Strong Engagement with Aquaculture Producers

The choice of the direction of a scientist's research is a critical and important decision for a variety of reasons. First, research is expensive, and funding agencies and sponsors increasingly demand justification for the proposed work based on the potential impact of the research results. Second, given the time and effort that individual scientists and their students and staff spend to collect and analyze data, a wise choice of a productive and high-impact line of research will advance one's career more quickly as well as open doors to new opportunities. [More..]

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..]

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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