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Two Continuing Education Workshops at Aquaculture America 2018

[December 12, 2017]
Growing interest in climate-smart, sustainable agriculture has helped bring closed-loop systems like aquaponics to prominence. Despite increased interest in aquaponics, expert-led training opportunities are few and far between. With this in mind, the United States Aquaculture Society, Iowa State University and Kentucky State University have teamed up to host a full-day event.

People in scientific fields have heard a litany of statistical terms: regression, t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, mixed-effects, multi-factor ANOVA, multiple regression, repeated measures, nested effects, logistic regression, and so on. With so many different tests, it’s no wonder that students and scientists alike can be overwhelmed and confused by even relatively basic statistics. However, all these tests are just different forms of the general linear model. By learning these statistical tests within the unifying framework of the general linear model, understanding – and more importantly utilizing – those statistics becomes infinitely easier. [More..]
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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..]

High-Impact Research: The Critical Need for Strong Engagement with Aquaculture Producers

The choice of the direction of a scientist's research is a critical and important decision for a variety of reasons. First, research is expensive, and funding agencies and sponsors increasingly demand justification for the proposed work based on the potential impact of the research results. Second, given the time and effort that individual scientists and their students and staff spend to collect and analyze data, a wise choice of a productive and high-impact line of research will advance one's career more quickly as well as open doors to new opportunities. [More..]

August 2017 JWAS Editor's Choice Papers Announced

The Editor's Choice papers have been announced for the August 2017 issue of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. The topics discussed in these award winning papers are:
  • Linkages and trust in the value chain for small-scale aquaculture in Asia
  • Assessing the reliability of water-test kits for use in pond aquaculture
  • Development and application of a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for the detection of Aeromonas salmonicida
  • Growth of hatchery-reared juveniles of the Australasian sea cucumber, Australostichopus mollis, fed with artificial and natural diets
Check out these award winning papers. [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..]
Special Announcement

2018 USAS Annual Business Meeting

Please join us for the annual USAS Business meeting on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 17:00 hours in the Chablis Room of the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. We look forward to seeing you at Aquaculture America 2018.

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Dectember 2017 President's Column

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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