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Editor's Note - The Stagnation of U.S. Aquaculture

I came away from the recently concluded Aquaculture America conference feeling discouraged about the prospects for further growth of US aquaculture. It’s not any single event or policy has led me to that view but a conclusion drawn from hearing the same complaints and concerns year after year without any change on the ground.

The stagnation of US aquaculture is obvious at many levels. The largest aquaculture sector in the country, catfish farming, peaked in 2002 and has not yet come close to recovering 15 years later. As a result, the country is no longer a top-10 global producer. Trout production has barely budged in decades. Salmon farming in net pens in Maine and Washington, never fully developed, peaked around 2000. Shellfish production, one of the brighter lights of US aquaculture, grows modestly but faces ongoing challenges from competing users of coastal areas, climate change, and food safety. University research programs in aquaculture have been scaled back and, in [More..]

Editor's Choice Award Paper - Impact of Mycotoxins on Aquaculture Fish Species: A Review

As the use of ingredients of plant origin has increased in aquaculture, the potential for mycotoxin poisoning in fish has increased accordingly. Feeding fish with mycotoxin-contaminated feed can lead to a breakdown in health, manifested as tissue damage or through immunosuppression. Both effects can lead to an increase in mortality. To date, however, there have been few reports of mycotoxins in feed at toxic concentrations. The aim of this study was to describe the effects of those toxic mycotoxins most commonly found as contaminants in fish feed. In terms of fish health, the most harmful mycotoxins are aflatoxin B1 and Fusarium mycotoxins. The most sensitive fish species was rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Future research in the field of mycotoxicosis in fish should be focused on the effects of combinations of mycotoxins. [More..]

Dr. Ian Forster - Outstanding JWAS Reviewer - Fourth Quarter 2016

“Of the many benefits of being a reviewer of scientific literature, two stand out. First, is the feeling of participating in the progression of science. Every scientist, whether aspiring or experienced, knows the value of having access to literature that has been peer-reviewed, but the only way this can exist is for people in the field to provide their input as reviewers. Being a reviewer gives me satisfaction in the knowledge that I’m helping to ensure publication of high quality science. A second benefit to me is that by reviewing the work of other researchers, I can gain insights that assist me when thinking about and planning my own research. I’m always delighted when I’m reviewing an article, perhaps one that is not directly in my field and that I probably would not see except as a reviewer, and I read about a technique or statistical procedure that is unknown to me but which could provide valuable new insights, or simplify my work.”
Ian Forster, Ph.D.
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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]

Service as a Peer Reviewer: Professional Responsibility, Recognition, and Benefits

Two editorials recently published in the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS) addressed the steady proliferation of journals, particularly open access ones, and impact factors. Both of them note that publication of high-quality, relevant articles based on research that contributes to the advancement of science and its application is the key to sustained value and ultimately survival of journals. Assurance that trustworthy and relevant research results are published is substantially based on peer review that consists of comprehensive and rigorous examination of content, suggestions for improvement, and recommendations to the editor concerning the next step in the postsubmission process. Careless peer review can readily overlook plagiarism, poor design, interpretation of data, and spurious conclusions, resulting in recommendation for publication. These unsatisfactory reviews are essentially a breach of the trust within the scientific community, a trust that is rooted in [More..]

SARNISSA African Cage Culture Photo Competition Sponsored by ASAKUA and WAS

Cage culture is now developing throughout the African continent. To reflect, record, and celebrate this the SARNISSA African Aquaculture Network is offering prizes of $100 US plus a free subscription membership to the World Aquaculture Society for the 2 best photos related to cage culture in Africa in the following categories of entry:

Youth category: A photo taken by a student currently studying or a person under the age of 25 working on an existing African cage farm or related hatchery.

General category: A photo taken by anyone else over the age of 25 [More..]

The Role of Probiotics and Their Mechanisms of Action: An Aquaculture Perspective

The rise in bacterial antibiotic resistance and antibiotic residues in cultured aquatic animals due to extensive use of chemotherapeutic agents has become a global concern. Vaccination and immunostimulant treatment are ideal methods for preventing infectious diseases but their use remains very limited and rather uncommon in aquaculture, especially in Southeast Asia. [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..]

World Aquaculture Society 2017 Ballot

The Board of Directors of the World Aquaculture Society has finalized the ballot for the election of the officers and directors of our organization for the upcoming year. Please use this link to vote online. The deadline for ballots to be returned is May 5, 2017.
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March 2017 President's Column

I now sit inside a Dallas hotel room, wishing I was sunbathing in Miami in between board meeting sessions. Unfortunately, Hurricane Mathew forced us to move our mid-year board meeting to a more secure location at the last minute, which was a logistical challenge. I would like to take this opportunity to thank “the man behind the scenes,” who always makes our board meetings and annual conferences and trade shows run smoothly and successfully: John Cooksey, our Executive Director, and his team. Without their years of experience in planning and executing the many activities with which WAS is involved, our meetings and conferences would not be as successful.....


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