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Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2017 - A Rousing Success

[August 07, 2017]
The Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2017 (APA17) conference and exhibition was held from July 24th to July 27th, 2017 at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. APA17 was attended by approximately 3,000 participants from 46 countries, with 87% coming from Asia. Others were from USA, Canada and South America (137) and from Europe (75). There was a total of 444 abstracts with 325 oral presentations and 119 posters with 37 sessions. At the trade show, there were more than 170 booths. Exhibitors were from 20 countries led by Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Thailand and Taiwan. Products on display included complete feeds, feed ingredients and additives, health and diagnostic services, farming equipment and electronics, cages, tanks, liners, nets, pipes and fittings etc. [More..]
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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..]

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..]

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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