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Aquaculture Research Priorities for the Next Decade: A Global Perspective

Setting future research priorities is a risky business; the chances are very high that somewhere, someone is likely to feel that a specific priority has not been addressed. We attempt to define seven research areas that we believe can yield the greatest impact on improving and increasing commercial aquaculture outputs over the coming decade. Research efforts must be integrated across disciplines by teams of researchers who work together effectively to meet the future needs of aquaculture worldwide.

Ultimately, consumers will drive what aquaculture products, which supply chains, and which product attributes they are willing to support with their buying power. Ongoing studies that measure changes and point to emerging market opportunities will provide the type of guidance that aquaculture businesses need to avoid costly decisions based on incorrect assessments of market trends and what consumers really want. For example, while much is written about the growing demand for l [More..]

RACE Approved Veterinary Continuing Education Program at Aquaculture America

Veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians can earn up to 15.5 hours of RACE-approved Continuing Education & Professional Development credit for attending the following sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 20-22, 2018. [More..]

The Case for Effective Public Funding of Aquaculture Research and Extension

Businesses must continuously change and adapt to ongoing changes in the many forces that affect their business. Long-term, successful businesses must adopt new technologies that enhance the productivity of their business and reduce its costs. New products must also be developed as consumer preferences change. In response to the need for constant change and adaptation to new conditions, many large corporations staff internal research, development, and marketing departments with PhD researchers, who are expected to continuously develop new techniques, products, and markets.

While aquaculture worldwide includes large companies such as Marine Harvest ASA, Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods), AquaChile, and others, the majority of aquaculture farms worldwide, including in the developed world, are small businesses. For example, Subasinghe et al. (2012) estimated that 70–80% of aquaculture farmers worldwide are small scale. In the USA, 86% of aquaculture businesses have annual sale [More..]

Vegetarian Shrimp: Pellet-free Shrimp Farming

Shrimp farming can be a highly lucrative business around the world, but has increasingly been characterized by intensification, with greater inputs of feed. Intensification has increased the risk of disease outbreaks and the proportion of operating costs represented by feeds can be as much as 60 percent. Various strategies have been investigated to address these issues, such as using functional feeds designed to improve the productivity and health of shrimp by additions of supplements. Moreover, researchers are continually evaluating appropriate replacements for more-expensive marine ingredients (Gatlin et al. 2007). [More..]

Editor's Note - Microplastics and Aquaculture

The problem of plastic pollution of the marine environment has been known since the 1970s, but it has only recently emerged as a serious threat. More than 300 million t of plastic were produced in 2015, an amount that is expected to double by 2025. As understanding of the issue has improved over the last decade, increased attention has been focused on microplastics. Microplastics particles are less than 5 mm and include primary plastic in the form of microbeads in cosmetics that are now banned in the US and UK, as well as pellets that are the raw material for plastic extrusion. So-called secondary microplastics, in the form of fibers, fragments, and films, are produced by fragmentation of larger plastic debris. [More..]

Plenary Talks for Aquaculture America 2017 - San Antonio TX - Now Online

The plenary session of the recent Adelaide 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.
[van Senten Video]
[Rockey Video]
[Lyone Video]

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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As the World Aquaculture Society presence continues to increase globally, the success of our conferences also grows. After a very successful APA conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the LACQUA17 conference held in Mazatlán, Mexico in November brought over 1300 participants from over 35 countries with a tradeshow of 80 booths. During LACQUA17, Dr. Luis Andre Sampaio was installed as the new LACC president.

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