World Aquaculture Society Press Releases
Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2016 a Huge Success
[May 12, 2016]
ASIAN PACIFIC AQUACULTURE 2016 (APA 2016) Conference and Exposition, which was held April 26-29, 2016, at Grand City Convention Centre, Surabaya Indonesia. The event included INDOAQUA and FITA, special Indonesian aquaculture meetings. This event, INDOAQUA-FITA-APA 2016, opened on 26 April 2016 by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Resources and Minister of Industry attended
INDOAQUA-FITA-APA 2016 consisted of seminars, exhibitions, business meetings, consultation clinic on aquaculture, farm tour, and various competitions, such as coloring contest, karaoke contest, Aquascape, and stand-up comedy. Moreover, Dharma Wanita of the Directorate General of Aquaculture in cooperation with the local government conducted a training on manufacture of clay materials as well as training on aquaponic manufacture. The committee is also working with the local government of East Java for the promotion of tourism, by presenting a tourism ambassador of East Java as well as the implementation of a tour around Surabaya which is provided free of charge. There were 719 abstracts with 465 oral presentations and 254 posters.
World Aquaculture Society News
Debasing the Currency of Science – The Growing Menace of Predatory Open Access Journals
Science cannot exist without the communication of scientific information. Scientific communication can only be credible if it has an efficient system of quality control. There are no international conventions or laws governing this quality control, which has evolved informally within the scientific community to become the present-day peer-review and editorial processes. The miracle of the scientific enterprise is that it has advanced so well with nothing more than the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that morally binds authors, editors and reviewers to produce good quality, honest work. [More..]
Editor's Choice Paper from JWAS Vol 47.2
The golden shiner, Notemigonus crysoleucas, is a major bait and forage fish species in the USA. Farmers produce millions of golden shiners annually that are distributed live, many across state boundaries. Native over much of the eastern and central USA, this species is often present but rarely abundant in natural systems, as fish density is apparently controlled by predation rather than by food resources. Aquaculture of the golden shiner is a century-old practice and culture methods have evolved over time, resulting in today's farm-raised, certified specific pathogen– and aquatic nuisance species–free baitfish [More..]
Why Interdisciplinary Research is Critical for the Growth and Development of Aquaculture
Aquaculture production must continue to grow to contribute to the growing need for additional food to meet an increasing demand of the world's growing human population for animal protein. Continued growth will require that production systems meet human needs in a way that is economically sustainable and does not compromise the continued availability of energy resources, ecosystem services, resiliency of natural resources, or the ability to protect animals and humans from virulent pathogens. The technological advances that have led to increased globalization have facilitated increased international travel and trade that have increased interactions and effects on food safety, aquatic animal disease, and marketing issues on a global scale. [More..]
2015 Best Paper of World Aquaculture Magazine
The world’s human population is continuing to increase, with a recent UN projection of global population in 2050 of 9.6 billion. That would be a 33.3 percent increase above the current global population of about 7.3 billion. In many countries, economic conditions are improving; it is anticipated that the middle class will grow by 2.6 billion by 2050 (Ward and Neumann 2012). The middle class has more money to spend and they tend to purchase more food, especially protein, than do poorer people.
Increasing food production will require more land and water, greater intensification, or both. It also will require more nutrients, energy and other resources and cause more negative impacts. It is imperative that the necessary increase in food production be done as efficiently as possible to minimize resource use and wastes. Programs for improving performance and lessening negative environmental impacts of global food production are important to promote more efficient food production [More..]
AQUATIC AGRICULTURE: Cultivating Floating Crops on Lakes
Water is the most limiting factor to achieving the large increases in food production needed to satisfy the requirements of a growing and more-demanding population. Crop irrigation uses more than 70 percent of available fresh water worldwide (Madramootoo and Fyles 2010), 73 percent in Nicaragua and 77 percent in Costa Rica (CIA 2014). Rainfed crop production is greatly affected by rainfall variability. Moreover, irrigated and rainfed agriculture are both affected by climate change as it increases the frequency and intensity of extreme events, like droughts and floods, and increases water demand from evapotranspiration. [More..]
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June 2016 President's Column
I sit near a beautiful Buddhist temple in central Bali, completely mesmerized by the peaceful scenery of rice fields, palm trees and volcanoes in the background, after a very busy and intense week in Surabaya, Indonesia, where we just finished the annual conference of the Asian Pacific Chapter of WAS (APA 16). Based on the final number of participants registered for the conference, WAS broke an attendance record, with nearly 6,000 participants representing more than 51 countries. This is arguably to be expected because roughly 90 percent of global aquaculture production comes from Asia but attendance was indeed impressive.... [more..]
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