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Keynote Speakers for AQUA 2018 Announced

Robins McIntosh, Executive Vice President of Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC, and Øyvind Oaland, Global Director, R&D and Technical, Marine Harvest ASA, will be the keynote speakers for AQUA 2018. Both of our AQUA2018 Keynote Presentations will be given during the Plenary Session on Sunday, August 26th in the BERLIOZ Auditorium of Le Corum. The Plenary Session will be followed by the AQUA20178 Student Spotlight Awards. [More..]

Editor's Note - Antimicrobial Resistance and Aquaculture

The spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the major threats facing the human population this century. It could become the leading cause of death, exceeding cancer, and result in as many as 10 million mostly premature deaths a year by 2050. The development of AMR limits the effectiveness of antibiotic treatments of bacterial infections in humans and species produced in aquaculture. [More..]

2018 WAS Election Results

As Chair of the Elections Committee, I am happy to report that we have just finished our yearly election process for 2018 with new officers coming into the Board. I would like to welcome and congratulate our new President-elect Dr. Jimmy Avery, our elected Secretary, Dr. Kathleen Hartman, and our two new Directors; Dr. Noe Noe Lwin and Dr. Albert Tacon. I am sure they will do a splendid job to further promote the objectives of WAS. I thank the Elections Committee for their due process in this task and thank you for voting. Hope to see everyone in Montpellier. Best regards, Juan Pablo Lazo Elections Committee Chair WAS

Fulfilling the Potential of Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Enzymes as Feed Additives for Aquaculture

Aquatic animal nutrition research began in the mid-1960s with the development of semipurified diets to investigate and determine both qualitative and quantitative nutritional requirements. This information was then applied to the development of practical feeds composed of highly digestible ingredients selected to satisfy those nutritional requirements. Prompted by the desire to produce economically and environmentally sustainable feeds, focus evolved to the identification of feedstuffs that could serve as alternatives to replace fishmeal and fish oil ingredients and progress and application continue. With mounting emphasis on sustainability and efficiency, focus has naturally progressed into and intensified within the realm of feed additives, that is, probiotics (bacteria) and prebiotics (chemical compounds), added individually or in combination, to manage populations of intestinal bacteria, as well as the inclusion of exogenous enzymes. Ultimately, these feed additives offer the poten [More..]

Functional Aquafeeds Special Issue Call for Papers

Aquaculture is now the fastest growing segment of the animal production industry. Indeed, the aquaculture industry has benefited from the growing demand for seafood products, coupled with a dramatic decrease in supply of fisheries-based products. Aquafeeds are among the most important drivers for the aquaculture industry. Not only the nutritional requirements of target species must be satisfied, but a wide range of feed additives have been developed to improve growth, a more sustainable use of feed ingredients, an optimal use of feed, along with health enhancement and stress resistance. The field of functional feeds has been constantly evolving, and it has rapidly expanded into an economically important industry. Such feed additives are very diverse in nature and functional properties, but they all share a thorough R&D background often inspired in nature-based and biotechnological solutions. Given the rapid evolution of functional feed additives in the aquaculture industry, often fuele [More..]

Progress in Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding in China

China is a leading country in aquaculture, contributing around two thirds of the world's production (FAO 2017). In 2016, the aquaculture production of China reached 51.42 million tons, which was about three times that of its capture production (MOA 2017). Given China's leading position in aquaculture, adopting the breeding technologies of China would be of great benefit for the sustainable development of future aquaculture globally (Gjedrem et al. 2012). In fact, many aquaculture species, including fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and edible algae, are involved in some breeding programs in China, resulting in 182 novel varieties approved by the Ministry of Agriculture of China by 2017. The total value of China's aquaculture seed production was 64.09 billion RMB (1.01 billion USD) in 2016 (MOA 2017). Many traditional and new technologies have been adopted in these breeding programs, including selective breeding, hybridization, gynogenesis, sex control, transgenesis, genome selection, and ma [More..]

Aquaculture America 2018 Plenary Talks Now Online

The plenary session of the February 2018 Las Vegas meeting were recorded. We are pleased to offer these excellent talks to the visitors of our site. If you were not in attendance this is your opportunity to experience the plenary session. If you were fortunate enough to attend you can refresh your memory. Enjoy.
[Schubel Video]
[Lieber Video]
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Annual WAS Business Meeting

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June 2018 President's Column

Since my last President’s column, Aquaculture America 2018 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the strong support of our partners the US Aquaculture Society, the National Aquaculture Association and the Aquaculture Suppliers Association. This year’s AA18 was hosted by the California Aquaculture Association. Despite the cold and often windy weather, AA18 was another success with 2,078 participants from 61 countries and 732 oral and poster presentations. APA18 Taipei, Taiwan (April 23-26) has also concluded with 1890 participants from 48 countries and 445 oral and poster presentations. Thanks to those who participated in making these great successes. Let’s keep the momentum going with another great meeting in Montpellier, France with AQUA 2018 (August 25-29). AQUA 2018 will be our joint meeting with the European Aquaculture Society (EAS). If you can’t make it to France, then consider attending LACQUA18-Aquaculture for Peace in Bogotá, Colombia this October 23 - 26. These are great meetings to learn about the latest aquaculture discoveries and technologies, explore the tradeshow for new supplies and equipment, and make new friends and visit with old acquaintances. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming conferences.


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