World Aquaculture Society Calendar of Events

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April 2018
Location: Chobe Bream- Aquaculture fish farm, Kasane, Botswana
Chobe Bream has decided to start a training programme for locals and for people wanting to set up their own fish farms this is a theory and practical based course where people are able to learn both in the classroom and use their hands to apply the knowledge they learn. (I will attach the flyer for this to my email just to show you what we are up to). We understand that this University has no need for such a course as you cover these theoretical lessons in your classwork and lectures; this is why we would like to propose a practical session/ work experience. I feel this is important as so many young people in aquaculture do not know what they are going to do with their degrees when they are finished (as mark and I were in the same boat) I am fortunate enough that my parents made me try different fish farms to see if I would be up to the job or if in fact I would like it at all. We would want to run the courses in the holidays as universities have long holidays, which would allow students to travel. Mark and I have agreed that we would provide accommodation for one or two students a week in our home over these holidays so that a student would not need to pay excess for lodging once here. Chobe Bream is the biggest RAS system in southern Africa (and possibly the largest in tilapia in Africa) and we feel students could learn a lot in just this one system. We will also be constructing earth ponds in the next few months and a raceway. This will provide an even larger opportunity as it is rare that a student could learn and have work experience on all systems in aquaculture in one area. In exchange for this practical experience and job shadowing we would require a fee of P2000 for the week per student, and we would expect the students to organise and pay for their own travel and pay their fair share for food for a week in our home. As well as providing work experience and practical skills we would compile short record and reference letter that we would keep on the student and the skills they acquire here, so that they may use us as a reference when looking for a job in aquaculture and we can confirm with future employers the practical skills they have gained in this field.
July 2018
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
This “applied" extrusion course takes a unique approach, providing participants with an understanding of the theory of the extrusion process, combined with pilot plant exercises demonstrating how the principles are applied across different products and extruder types. Introductory sessions cover relevant extrusion theory, followed by discussion in which the product formulation, and screw configuration/process parameters are “designed”. Then we go to the pilot plant and make the product - running the formulation with the designed screw profile.
August 2018
Location: Melbourne, Australia
This course covers the principles of extrusion, the design of extrusion processes, and the formulation of extruded products. Principles learned will be demonstrated using a pilot extruder in the CSIRO facility. The program is relevant to the production of all types of extruded products - eg expanded snacks, breakfast cereals, pastas and third generation snack pellets, pet foods and aquafeeds. The course is relevant to both single and twin screw extrusion technology.
Location: Rome, Italy
PULSUS brings in a new spin on conferences by presenting the latest scientific improvements in your field. Listen to motivating keynotes from thought leaders, or rub elbows with pioneers across the globe. Madrid is all set for an amazing event as PULSUS proudly presents the “World Congress on Recent Advances in Aquaculture Research & Fisheries” slated on August 20-21, 2018 at Rome,Italy. The theme of the conference is “Sustainable Aquaculture & Fishery”. Fisheries and aquaculture is an essential resources for food, nutrition, income and employment for billions of people all over the globe. Studies State that fish accounted for about 17% of the world population’s intake of animal protein and 6.7% of all protein intake. In addition, fish provided more than 3.1 billion humans with almost 20% of their average per capita intake of animal protein. It is an important source of essential fats (e.g. long-chain omega-3 fatty acids), vitamins (D, A and B) and minerals (including calcium, iodine, zinc, iron and selenium), particularly if eaten whole. World aquaculture production of fish accounted for 44.1% of whole production (including for non-food uses) from capture fisheries and aquaculture in 2014. Coastal habitats (e.g. mangroves and marshes), geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing are more and more facilitating the differentiation and process of vegetation types important for establishing baselines and monitoring change.
Location: Le Corum Congress Centre, Montpellier, France
AQUA 2018 will celebrate the fact that aquaculture is one of the most important food production industries in the world. Aquaculture is the most efficient producer of high quality food and contributes to global health and wealth. Aquaculture respects the environment, creates employment and offers significant investment opportunities. AQUA 2018 will take place from August 25-29 in the beautiful French city of Montpellier and will comprise a scientific conference, trade exhibition, industry forums, workshops, student events and receptions. The event will highlight the latest aquaculture research and innovation to underpin continued growth of this exciting food production sector. The AQUA events are co-organised by the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) and the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) and are held every six years. Past events were held in Nice (2000), Florence (2006) and Prague (2012).
September 2018
Location: Delta Prince Edward Hotel & Convention Center, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Welcome to the Eighth International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (ISAAH-8). Every four years, the American Fisheries Society – Fish Health Section expands its annual meeting by inviting international participation in the form of the ISAAH. Stemming from its inauguration as the ‘International Fish Health Conference’ in Vancouver, BC (1988), the ISAAH has developed into a much-anticipated gathering of international fish health professionals. Host cities have primarily included US cities – Seattle (1994), Baltimore (1998), New Orleans (2002), San Francisco (2006), Tampa (2010) and Portland, Oregon in 2014. We are extremely pleased and proud to be hosting the International Fish Health Conference back in Canada – this time on the beautiful East Coast! We look forward to hosting business and academia from across North America and overseas to discuss the current business and research developments, trends, and the future of the aquatic animal health industry. We hope you will join us.
Location: Singapore
Pulsus is a renowned organization that organizes highly noteworthy conferences throughout the globe. PULSUS Conferences invites all the participants from all over the world to attend “World Congress on Plant Science and Molecular Biology” under the theme “Evolution of Plants and Heights of development in Molecular Biology” during September 12-13, 2018 at Singapore City, Singapore. This includes prompt keynote presentations, Oral talks, Poster presentations and Exhibitions. Plant science 2018 Conference is an excellent platform to discuss critically important research and to intensify collaborations and scientific research. This conference aims in gathering renowned Scientists, Professors and Research professionals across the globe under a single roof, where they discuss the research, achievements and advancements in the field of Plant Science and Molecular Biology and to promote continuous medical education and encourage a nourishing exchange of facts and ideas about Plant Science and Molecular Biology. Plant Science 2018 is a unique international conference that distinguishes itself by addressing topics that provide both scientific value and practical implementation strategies.
Location: Hartford, CT
The 2018 Aquaponics Association Conference will be held in Hartford, CT at the Hilton Hartford Hotel. Mark your calendars from Friday, September 21, 2018 through Sunday, September 23, 2018 for this exciting three day conference. The conference will feature: the top aquaponics experts from around the world; tours of commercial aquaponics operations; a vendor showroom; interactive discussions and social events for aquaponics growers of all stripes to collaborate. We will look at aquaponics in many ares and look to answer the questions you might be asking. Commercial Aquaponics – What are the barriers to commercial aquaponic growth? How can we overcome them together? Community Aquaponics – How much can we grow in our own backyards? And how is aquaponics helping to fight hunger and malnutrition. Aquaponics Research and Food Safety – What is the latest research in aquaponics science? What unified message do we deliver to food safety regulators and policymakers? Aquaponics in STEM Education – How are educators across the country teaching STEM through aquaponics? And how can we get aquaponics in more STEM programs?
Location: Sun n Sand Holiday Resort, Mangochi, Malawi, Africa
The fresh- and brackish water fish fauna of Africa is highly diversified and comprises over 3500 species belonging to about 94 families. These fishes inhabit a wide variety of habitats ranging from small temporary streams to large and permanently flowing rivers, as well as from shallow and swampy water bodies to large deep lakes, in dry and wet climatic zones. In many African countries, fishes are a major source of protein and income generation. While in many regions capture fisheries are fully exploited, the development of aquaculture in Africa continues to lag behind its predicted potential. Despite its economic and social importance, the African fish fauna is exposed to many threats, most of which are of anthropogenic origin. The major causes of the loss of fish diversity are the fragmentation or destruction of habitats resulting from stream regulation, the introduction of alien species, overexploitation of fish resources, and pollution. Much research has been, or is being, conducted on the fish and fisheries of the African continent. In order to access and share this growing body of scientific knowledge it was recognized that an international gathering bringing together scientists from all over the world was required. The first of such meetings took place in 1993 in Dakar, Senegal; the second in Grahamstown, South Africa in 1998; the third in Cotonou, Benin in 2003, the fourth in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2008, the fifth in Bujumbura, Burundi in 2013, and the sixth is due to take place on 24-28 September 2018 in Malawi.
Location: Qingdao, China
Conference Co-Chairs: Professor Wenbing Zhang, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China Professor Barry Costa-Pierce, University of New England, Maine, USA Location/Venue: Hyatt Regency, Donghai East Road, Qingdao, China Dates: 25-28 September 2018 Conference Scope: The Conference will bring together outstanding scientists in all of aquaculture’s disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research areas. The Conference seeks contributed papers in all of its sections, and also from emerging aquaculture science areas of sustainability science, social-ecological systems, ornamental, conservation and restoration sciences as they relate to the development of aquaculture. Meeting Structure: Authors’ Workshop; Poster Sessions, Keynote Speakers, Contributed Sessions, Panel Discussions, Field Trips Planned Conference Sessions to Date (more coming): Advances in Aquaculture Modelling and Technologies Advances in the Aquaculture Production Sciences Advances in Aquaculture Diseases and Physiology Advances in Aquaculture Nutrition Advances in Water Quality Control in Pond Aquaculture
October 2018
Location: Park Inn by Radisson London
Aquaculture and fisheries conference 2018 will be held on October 08-09,2018 , 2018 in London, UK. This conference mainly focuses on the growth of aquaculture and fisheries will be beneficial for the innovative minds and researchers from the field of aquaculture, marine biology and fisheries to showcase their idea and research.
Location: Hôtel SENTIDO Rosa Beach, Monastir TUNISIA
The Europeen Society of Marine Biotechnology (ESMB) and the Tunisian Association of Bioressources Valorization (ATVAB) will organize the International Congress for Marine Biotechnology on 17th-20th October 2018 in the Hôtel SENTIDO Rosa Beach, Monastir Tunisia. This conference will bring together scientists working in the area of Marine Biotechnology. In particular, the experts in Marine Biotechnology from European and Mediterranean countries are invited. We specially encourage graduate students to participate in the Congress and attend oral and e-poster sessions. Prizes will be given for the best communications. We intend to have about 250 participants. Five scientific themes will be developed: 1. Biofouling and Antifouling; 2. Marine Biomaterials; 3. Marine Natural Products; 4. Aquaculture; 5. Modern Techniques in Marine Biotechnology. During the meeting, we will organize a visit to the El Djem amphitheater. This amphitheater, located in the Roman city of Thysdrus (actual El Djem, Tunisia), is listed since 1979 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This visit will be followed by a conference dinner at the Medina Al Zahra Parc - Kalaa Kebira. The participation fees are 350 Euros, which include accommodation 4 days and 3 nights (at the hotel conference price/person in double room), registration, congress proceedings, coffee breaks, conference dinner and cultural events. Registration is open online: For any enquires use this e-mail:
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
EXPANDING THE HORIZONS: GENDER IN AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES 7TH GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON GENDER IN AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES Join us and find out why gender matters in aquaculture and fisheries! Expanding the Horizons: Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries is the 7th Global Conference on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries. Taking place in Bangkok, Thailand from 18 to 21 October 2018, the Conference is being led by the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of the Asian Fisheries Society and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Expanding the Horizons – recognises gender inequality as a persistent characteristic of the fish value chain, limiting the horizons of many of its actors at each node. The conference aims to help by expanding the horizons of knowledge, good practices in development, industry and government, and of gender research in aquaculture & fisheries to reduce gender inequalities. Expanding the Horizons topics are on Expanding the Horizons is the latest in series of the only regular forum dedicated to gender in aquaculture and fisheries globally. Expanding the Horizons will be a great opportunity for researchers, practitioners and students working on or interested in gender issues in fisheries and aquaculture to meet with each other. It is designed for a broad audience, from those who are experienced in the field of gender in aquaculture and fisheries research through to those interested in learning more. It will offer up-to-date research and practices in this field, through to a selection of training workshops, special sessions and themed presentations. The Conference will be held at the Asian Institute of Technology Conference Centre (AITCC) Hotel, located in the AIT campus in Thailand. AIT is about 40 km away from Bangkok city and is well connected to the world, and has excellent facilities for such events.
Location: Bogata, Colombia
Annual meeting of the Latin American & Caribbean Chapter, WAS with various aquaculture groups in South America
Location: Frankfurt,Germany
Allied Academies Invites all the Researchers, Scientists, experts, scholars, delegates, sponsors, and graduates to attend, symposia, lectures, workshops, and presentations “2nd World Congress on Biotechnology” which is going to be held during October 25- 27, 2018 at Frankfurt, Germany. The highlights includes 1. Biotechnology and Bio Process Engineering 2. Plant Biotechnology and Agricultural Biotechnology 3. Food biotechnology and Nutritional biotechnology 4. Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology 5. Microbial Biotechnology 6. Animal Biotechnology 7. Environmental Biotechnology 8. Stem cell Biotechnology 9. Pharmaceutical biotechnology 10. Medical Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering 11. Industrial biotechnology and fermentation techniques 12. Nano Biotechnology 13. Biochemistry 14. Reproductive Biotechnology 15. Genomics and Proteomics 16. Genetic Engineering and rDNA technology 17. Applied Biotechnology and Microbiology 18. Bioengineering 19. Cell Biology and Immunology 20. Bioinformatics and Biosensor 21. Bioproducts and Bio Energy 22. Advancements in Biotechnology
November 2018
Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
The Sea Lice Conference is a meeting that is carried out every two years and brings together the most prominent world sea lice researchers. The first conference was carried out in Paris in 1992, with the idea of gathering researchers to study sea lice infestations in farmed salmon and to share their experiences in regards to the best practices to effectively mitigate and control infestations. This year, the conference will be in Punta Arenas the most austral city in the world. The conference is organizedby the Technological Salmon Institute (INTESAL), INCAR and the Aquaculture Institute from the Austral University of Chile. ? The purpose of the Sea Lice Conference is to unite and promote collaboration and communication between leading international scientists, groups and regulatory agencies. It also serve to develop and discuss new lines of research and present the most updated findings on sea lice, with the purpose of increasing the knowledge and expertise for a better control and mitigation of the issues and problems associated to Sea Lice infections. The conference has been d targets different areas of research including biology of the sea lice, epidemiology, control by using chemicals, sea lice and wild fish, interactions with the environment, integrated handling of the pests, mathematical models, molecular genetics, new discoveries, regulatory policies, management and other important issues at this moment. ? Today the sea lice infestations are the main threat to the sustainability of the salmon industry must deal with, and current research has shown the huge plasticity that these parasites possess in adapting to a variety of environment and evolve towards the development of resistance against used chemotherapeutants.
Location: St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Conference Center, Frigate Bay/Basseterre, St. Kitts (West Indies)
For veterinarians, veterinary technicians/nurses, veterinary students and non-veterinarian aquatic animal health professionals – consider 5 or more days of educational aquatic veterinary lectures, hand-on wetlabs, biosecurity workshops, family activities, and lots more in the Caribbean! Organized by WAVMA, Ross University School of Medicine and the International Aquatic Veterinary Biosecurity Consortium, you can earn up to 30 hours of RACE-appproved Veterinary Continuing Education and Professional Development credit. With the Conference theme “Integrating One Health, Clinical Practice and Biosecurity into Aquatic Veterinary Education,” sessions will cover veterinary environmental stewardship; education programs; disease diagnostics, prevention, control and eradication; clinical aquatic veterinary medicine, and Tilapia Lake Virus and other emerging diseases. Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are welcome. It is recommended that hotel reservations are early to ensure you receive Conference discounts and early registration is advised before wetlabs and workshops are filled. Bring the family! St. Kitts and Nevis offer wonderful opportunities to splash in warm, iridescent waters along pristine shores, dive ancient shipwrecks and virgin coral reefs, sway to a social beat, sip local rum around a beach bonfire, explore historical sites that date back to the early 15th Century Spanish and British explorers like Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake, on your own or through special island tours – you’ll smile with every new experience that unfolds.
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands
Responsible development of the aquaculture sector requires actions on farm level and on higher levels. This course introduces the ecosystem approach to aquaculture development as promoted by FAO and what can be done on farm level to make aquaculture more sustainable. Date: 26 November – 14 December 2018 Registration deadline – general: 15 October 2018 Registration deadline – Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Fellows: 20 July 2018 Location: The Netherlands For more information and online registration please visit the website:
December 2018
Location: Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
AsianAqua-2018 is the first major aquaculture conference organized by AIT dedicated to the sustained progress of aquaculture in the Asian region. The Conference is intended to have a better understanding the innovative aquaculture systems practiced in Asia, highlight the regional needs and constraints, and imbibe the global progresses achieved in sustainable intensification of the aquaculture production systems. The Conference will bring together world’s leading expertise in innovative aquaculture, and present the emerging technological advancements for better husbandry and feeding practices to stem the disease tides in aquaculture, and to set the goal for a sustainable enhancement of output from aquaculture. The event is designed to greatly benefit participants to generate a wealth of information on innovative management practices and apply them to improve the production and profits from aquaculture enterprises. It is also an opportunity for entrepreneurs, academia, governments and administrators in the global industry to witness the success stories in sustainable Asian aquaculture as a trendsetter to harness similar progress for enhanced product quality and safety. The main Conference will be held from 3 - 5 December and will be followed by a farm tour in Thailand on 6 December 2018. Two pre-conference workshops, one on 'Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)' from 1 - 2 December 2018; and another on 'Management of Parasitic Diseases in Aquaculture' from 26 - 30 November 2018 will also be part of Asian Aqua 2018. Get ready for an extended year-end break in Thailand! More updates will be at
January 2019
Location: Hitex Exhibition Center - Hyderabad
Backed by tremendous industry support and who’s who of the Aquaculture sector, AquaEx-2019 enjoys a premier position that is higher than any other Fisheries and Aquaculture exhibition with its elite associations including both public and corporate verticals. Following a holistic approach rather than an individual one, the event caters to every section of the industry by an integrated perspective of the field. From enthusiasts to budding entrepreneurs, breeders to hatchers, farmers to consultants and traders to transporters, AquaEx-2019 showcases latest improvements in the field of aquaculture and bring innovations in every activity to the hands of intended. With more than 200 exhibitors, 20000 delegates from all over the world and seminars around every corner on the most happening trends in the industry, the expo is nothing short of a global carnival. From novices to stalwarts, this mammoth event of global standards offers everyone their share of knowledge, networking and business opportunities that amplify their aspirations in aquaculture business.
March 2019
Location: Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Every three years, the Triennial is held somewhere in the United States. In 2019, the Triennial visits The Big Easy!

The Triennial is the largest aquaculture conference and tradeshow held in the world with nearly 4000 attendees from over 90 countries and even more countries are expected to have attendees at AQUACULTURE 2019. The Triennial combines the annual meetings of the World Aquaculture Society, National Shellfisheries Association, Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries Society, and the National Aquaculture Association. In addition to the annual meetings of the main sponsors, look what else is happening at AQUACULTURE 2019!

The last Triennial was held in 2016 in Las Vegas where it was pronounced a huge success by the nearly 3000 people who attended. Don’t miss this Triennial!
April 2019
Location: International Convention Center Jeju (ICC Jeju), Jeju, Korea
“Seaweeds: from Tradition to Innovation” The 23rd International Seaweed Symposium will convene April 28 - May 3, 2019 in Jeju Island, South Korea. The Symposium will follow the traditional program, with a mix of plenary talks, symposia devoted to particular topics, sessions of contributed papers, and poster sessions. Diverse topics of symposia and sessions will include, but not limited to taxonomy, biodiversity, ecology, climate change, genomics, seaweed aquaculture, industrialization, and cutting-edge technologies for medicine, cosmetics, and biofuel developments. The chairperson of the National Organizing Committee, Prof. Jeong Ha Kim (Sungkyunkwan University) and the committee members are more than happy to help you with any questions about the symposium. Please visit the conference website,, for detailed information about the symposium.
February 2020
Location: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii USA
Int’l Annual Conference & Exposition with U.S. Chapter, WAS, National Aquaculture Association and U.S. Suppliers Association
Location: Town & Country Resort & Convention Center , San Diego, California USA
Triennial Int’l Annual Conference & Exposition with WAS, Fish Culture Section, AFS, National Shellfisheries Association, U.S. Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association and Aquaculture Suppliers Association
Location: Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Int’l Annual Conference & Exposition with U.S. Chapter, WAS, National Aquaculture Association and U.S. Suppliers Association
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