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Climate change: Response and role of global aquaculture

Climate change is a reality and both an immediate and future threat to global food security. A multitude of climatic aberrations are occurring in aquatic and terrestrial environments and are linked to the accumulation of greenhouse gases, much arising from human activity. Altered biotic and abiotic conditions of both terrestrial and marine-based production systems are appearing at a much faster rate than earlier projected. Disruptions in the availability of food derived from these systems are inevitable consequences, and most probably will warrant changes in traditional eating habits of global ethnic populations. [More..]

Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2019 Highlights

Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2019 held in Chennai India was a huge success. There were about 3500 attendees to learn from the more than 1000 papers that were presented. There were also 123 companies displaying their products and services in the well attended trade show. Take a few minutes to view the highlights of the meeting.

Aquaculture in Costa Rica

Costa Rica may be a small country in land area (51,000 km2) but it has abundant freshwater resources from its mountain ranges, a tropical climate, and a marine exclusive economic zone of almost 600,000 km2 that make the country suitable for aquaculture development. Freshwater aquaculture began in the 1960s with the objective of promoting socio-economic development in rural areas by adopting technologies to produce introduced tilapia species Oreochromis mossambicus and Sarotherodon melanopleura (FAO 2016). In the decades that followed, experimental culture of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss and freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii was conducted (Galvez and Guenther 1987). Marine aquaculture began in the 1970s with the cultivation of the shrimps Litopenaeus vannamei, L. stylirostris and L. occidentales (FAO 2016, Nanne 1986). [More..]

Journal of the World Aquaculture Society Editor's Choice Awards for June 2019

The editors of The Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS) are pleased to announce the Editor's Choice Awards for the June 2019 issue of JWAS. [More..]

Editor's Note - The Promise of Cellular Seafood Production

To the list of methods of seafood production that include wild capture and aquaculture, we can now add cellular culture in sterile laboratories. The products of this process, which has even been called cellular aquaculture, are termed lab-grown, cell-based, cell-cultured, clean or in vitro seafood. Basically, the practices of biological tissue engineering are applied to the production of artificial muscle proteins that are then used as food. The product can be considered biologically equivalent to seafood obtained by traditional means. [More..]

Aquaculture offers an abundance of culinary options

It has become a truism that future growth of the supply of seafood will need to come from aquaculture. Yet only about 17% of the overall animal protein consumed worldwide in 2015 was from seafood (Food and Agriculture Organization, 2018). The greatest amount of animal protein consumed worldwide comes, of course, from terrestrial livestock production. What the future holds for the relative proportions of animal protein consumption between seafood and terrestrial livestock (or from lab-cultured meat for that matter) is unknowable. What we can discuss is how aquaculture/seafood fits into our present diets. [More..]
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June 2019 President's Column

First, I want to thank the membership for allowing me to serve as President of the World Aquaculture Society. This is the pinnacle of my professional service and I hope that I can help manage the operations of our Society. My immediate predecessor, Dr. Maria Célia Portella, was able to accomplish an amazing amount during her seven-month term as President. I am indeed fortunate to be able to have her assistance and guidance during my term. I also want to acknowledge the service of Dr. Bill Daniels, outgoing Past-president. Bill has the distinction of the longest length of continuous service to WAS as a Director and Officer. With the 50th Anniversary celebration and Board meetings in New Orleans, we missed the opportunity to properly recognize Bill for his accomplishments and service  [more..]

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