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WAS-APC Awards Announcement for APA2017

[March 20, 2017]
WAS-APC is excited to announce the Awards for this year’s major Conference in Malaysia. The theme for this year Asia Pacific Aquaculture (APA17) is ‘Transforming for Market Needs’. The student award structure has partly been brought into line with the WAS globally to ensure consistency. Additionally, WAS-APC will continue financing and awarding exceptional women within the field of aquaculture. [More..]

Travel Award for Women’s Participation at APA17

[March 20, 2017]
WAS-APC is providing the opportunity for female aquaculture people to attend Asia Pacific Aquaculture 2017 from 24-27 July 2017. Funding for this opportunity is provided by WAS-APC, and Aquaculture without Frontiers is facilitating the selection process. The theme for Asia Pacific Aquaculture in Kuala Lumpur is ‘Transforming for Market Needs’. There are two (2) grants available x USD600 which are aimed to assist with accommodation and travel and WAS-APC will organize and pay registration for the event. [More..]
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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..]

Call for Biosecurity Presentations (June 30)

Individuals (especially African delegates) willing to give 20 minute oral presentations on any aspect involving the prevention, control or eradication of infectious diseases, are invited to submit an abstract by April 1, 2017.

Presentation involving disease surveillance, diagnostics, economic or other impacts, and certifying disease freedom are particularly encouraged.

Contributed presentations for this Special Session at the World Aquaculture Conference, will supplement invited speaker presentations that will outline a well-accepted approach for implementing biosecurity on any aquaculture operation using OIE standards. The Special Session also serves as an introduction to processes to be covered in the 2-day, hands-on Aquaculture Biosecurity Workshop on July 1-2.

For full consideration, abstracts for oral presentations must be submitted by April 1,2017 at: [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..]

Totoaba Aquaculture and Conservation: Hope for an Endangered Fish from Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

This is the story of the totoaba Totoaba macdonaldi, an iconic and highly valuable fish from the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California) in Mexico. Overfished to commercial depletion in the first half of the twentieth century, the species is currently listed as critically endangered and it continues to be threatened by illegal fishing, habitat degradation, and insufficient enforcement of fishing and environmental regulations. Few fish are as interesting as the totoaba from the standpoints of biology, conservation, sociology, and regulation. Now aquaculture has the potential to bring totoaba back as a sustainable resource and to generate prosperity in an economically-depressed region of Mexico. [More..]

World Aquaculture 2017 Keynote Speaker Profiles

The steering committee for World Aquaculture 2017 is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the upcoming meeting in Cape Town, South Africa on June 26 - 30 2017.

- Dr. Slonas Chimatiro - World Fish Centre
- Tom Hecht - emeritus Professor - Rhodes University
- Gorjan Nikolik - Rabobank International
- Rohana Subasinghe - FAO retired

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.

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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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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