World Aquaculture Society News
Overview and Latest Developments in Shrimp and Tilapia Aquaculture in Northeast Brazil
Shrimp and tilapia production has accelerated in northeast Brazil in recent years, driven by increasing domestic demand and improvements in farming technology. Although early developments in aquaculture in the country date to the 1930s, with success of induced spawning of native freshwater fish, commercial aquaculture only started to expand in the 1990s with the introduction of Pacific whiteleg shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei
and the Chitralada strain of Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus
. In this period, aquaculture began to achieve industrial scale, with national production increasing from 87,674 t in 1997 to 278,129 t in 2003 (IBAMA 2008). In the succeeding ten years, production grew at an average annual rate of 6.5 percent, reaching 476,521 t in 2013 (IBGE 2014). [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..]
Conference Submission Pages Now Automatically TranslatedWAS is pleased to announce that our abstract submission and conference registration pages can now be translated into languages other than English. The World Aquaculture Society is truly a global organization with members in countries across the globe. The language of our conferences is generally English but we know that many other languages are spoken by our members. In an effort to aid the users of our web site we are deploying, in stages, Microsoft's Bing Translator on our sites. Where it has been deployed, Bing Translator can do an automatic translation of the page content from English to French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese and many others. (Including Klingon for all you Star Trek fans.) Look for the "Translate this page" drop down in the upper right of a page to perform the translation. This feature is currently only on the meeting pages, but will be working its way into more areas soon.
Nos complace anunciar el primer ejemplar del mundo acuícola Magazine en Español
Nuestro capítulo latinoamericano ha asumido la tarea de traducir World acuícola Magazine en español para todos nuestros miembros de hablando españolas. Por favor revise este nuevo beneficio de membresía.
Fellows of the World Aquaculture Society Program
This Fellows of the World Aquaculture Society Award seeks to distinguish itself from other WAS awards by creating a category of recognition to the many aquaculture professionals spread throughout the world who have contributed to developing aquaculture as members of the World Aquaculture Society. A Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society is defined as "a member who has made outstanding achievements in aquaculture science, industry, outreach or extension as recognized by his/her peers.” Examples of outstanding advancement can be in research, education, technology, service to professional societies, administration in academia, industry or government, or on abilities in communicating and interpreting aquaculture science to the public [More..]
June 2015 President's Column
Here I am already drafting my final column as President of the Society and handing over responsibilities to my successor after 11½ months in the job. I’m sure many Past Presidents will share my perception that time just flies by and there is simply not enough time to have a significant impact across the spectrum of Society activities. The World Aquaculture Society is a well-established organization and there is a vast reservoir of experience and institutional memory in its staff, on the Board, among the Past Presidents and Fellows and within the membership at large. This certainly gives the Society a secure and stable basis from which to plan activities years into the future. Important to this is the responsible fiscal management that has secured a very sound financial footing for the Society. At this juncture I express my gratitude to our outgoing treasurer, Bill Daniels, for his six years of service in this role and he certainly hands over the books to our new treasurer, Wendy Sealey, with the Society in healthy financial standing. [more..]
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