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Continuing Education Workshops at Aquaculture 2019

[September 24, 2018]
The U.S. Aquaculture Society is offering 3 Continuing Education workshops at the upcoming Aquaculture 2019 meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The workshops will be on:
- Commercial Aquaponics
- Best Aquaculture Practices
- Water Quality

USAS Members receive a 50% discount on the price of each workshop. Registration for the workshops can be completed as part of your registration for Aquaculture 2019. [More..]

Latin American & Caribbean Aquaculture 2018 - Bogota Colombia

[September 20, 2018]
The Latin American and Caribbean Aquaculture 2018 - LACQUA18 and the VIII Colombian Congress of Aquaculture - VIII CCA are close to take place in Bogotá, Colombia at the Agora International Convention Center from October 23 to 26, 2018, this is why we want to invite you to be part of this important event that has an academic program in different areas of aquaculture and an exhibit commercial with national and international companies specialized in the commercialization of supplies and services for the aquaculture sector. [More..]
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AQUA 2018 Session Summaries

AQUA 2018 celebrated the fact that aquaculture is one of the most important food production industries in the world. Aquaculture is the most efficient producer of high-quality food and contributes to global health and wealth. Aquaculture respects the environment, creates employment and offers significant investment opportunities.

AQUA 2018 took place from August 25-29 in the beautiful French city of Montpellier and comprised a scientific conference, world press day, trade exhibition, industry forums, workshops, student events and receptions. The event highlighted the latest aquaculture research and innovation to underpin continued growth of this exciting food production sector. [More..]

Whiteleg Shrimp Postlarvae Supply in Europe: The Risk of Single Sources of Supply of Fundamental Inp

When teaching the fundamentals of aquaculture operation and commercial success, it is common to emphasize three essential factors: Feed, Need, and Seed.

Feed: Without the proper, regular, and reliable supply of feed to ensure optimal growth, health, and water quality, commercial aquaculture is doomed to failure. Need: Without a market that needs and wants the product supplied at proper qualities, quantities, and times, any commercial production will fail. Seed: Without proper, regular, and viable supply of high-quality juveniles, an industry will struggle to reach production goals and will not meet commercial targets. [More..]

Journal of the World Aquaculture Society Editor's Choice Awards for October 2018

The editors of The Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS) are pleased to announce the Editor's Choice Awards for the most recent issue of JWAS. [More..]

WAS Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The World Aquaculture Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. Since its establishment in 1969, WAS has grown to an organization with over 3000 members in 100 countries. Through its commitment to excellence in science, technology, education, and information exchange, WAS serves to advance the progressive and sustainable development of aquaculture throughout the world. As the society turns 50, members will gather together to celebrate Aquaculture and the accomplishments of the WAS at Aquaculture Aquaculture 2019 in New Orleans with a celebration befitting one of the greatest cities in the world for a party. Celebrations will continue throughout the year at the regional WAS meetings in Chennai and in Costa Rica.

World Aquaculture Society 50th Anniversary Photo Album As part of the celebration we are collecting photos from WAS meetings over the past 50 years. Please upload your photos to share great memories of good times we [More..]

Editor's Note - More Private Extension is Needed to Close the Yield Gap

I began my aquaculture career as an aquaculture extension agent, working with smallholder rice farmers in Sierra Leone as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the early 1980s. Later, through work in universities, I came to know the extension approach of the US Land Grant College system. The basic process of the system involves farmers telling extension agents their problems, agents carrying that information back to the university to share with experiment station workers. Those research scientists would then develop solutions for the farmers’ problems and the extension agent would carry the results and recommendations back to the farmers. Simply put, extension is the delivery of information to farmers. [More..]

FAO - Advancing Integrated Agriculture- Aquaculture Through Agroecology

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) had a special session about integrated agriculture and aquaculture as part of AQUA 2018. FAO produced a video about this session and the worldwide impact of agriculture/aquaculture integration. We are providing a link here for your education and enjoyment.
[FAO Agroecology Video]

LACQUA 2018 Promotional Video

The steering committee for LACQUA 2018 has produced a promotional video for the upcoming meeting in Bogota Colombia. We hope to see as many of you as possible October 23 - 26 in Bogota. Enjoy.
[Bogota Promotional Video]

Aquaculture Animal Welfare and Animal Rights

In the latter part of 2017, several aquaculture associations became aware that the animal rights community had decided to launch a campaign against seafood products, both wild caught and from aquaculture. The various discussions that resulted turned toward animal welfare, standards for welfare in aquaculture, and a host of other topics. From a research perspective, what are the key needs and knowledge gaps related to these discussions? [More..]

Bogotá and the Ágora International Convention Center

The Latin American and Caribbean Aquaculture 2018 (LACQUA18) event will be held together with the VIII Colombian Aquaculture Congress (VIII CCA) at the Ágora Convention Center, Bogotá, from October 23 to 26, 2018. These events are being co-organized by the National University of Colombia, the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture Producers (FEDEACUA) and the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (LACC/WAS). [More..]

2018 WAS Election Results

As Chair of the Elections Committee, I am happy to report that we have just finished our yearly election process for 2018 with new officers coming into the Board. I would like to welcome and congratulate our new President-elect Dr. Jimmy Avery, our elected Secretary, Dr. Kathleen Hartman, and our two new Directors; Dr. Noe Noe Lwin and Dr. Albert Tacon. I am sure they will do a splendid job to further promote the objectives of WAS. I thank the Elections Committee for their due process in this task and thank you for voting. Hope to see everyone in Montpellier. Best regards, Juan Pablo Lazo Elections Committee Chair WAS

Fulfilling the Potential of Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Enzymes as Feed Additives for Aquaculture

Aquatic animal nutrition research began in the mid-1960s with the development of semipurified diets to investigate and determine both qualitative and quantitative nutritional requirements. This information was then applied to the development of practical feeds composed of highly digestible ingredients selected to satisfy those nutritional requirements. Prompted by the desire to produce economically and environmentally sustainable feeds, focus evolved to the identification of feedstuffs that could serve as alternatives to replace fishmeal and fish oil ingredients and progress and application continue. With mounting emphasis on sustainability and efficiency, focus has naturally progressed into and intensified within the realm of feed additives, that is, probiotics (bacteria) and prebiotics (chemical compounds), added individually or in combination, to manage populations of intestinal bacteria, as well as the inclusion of exogenous enzymes. Ultimately, these feed additives offer the poten [More..]
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September 2018 President's Column

This is my last President’s column as WAS President. At the business meeting in Montpellier, France at AQUA 2018 (August 25-29), Dr. Maria Celia Portella from Brazil took over the reins as President. Also, the following persons were elected as new members of the WAS Board: President-elect Dr. Jimmy Avery, Secretary Dr. Kathleen Hartman, and two new Directors, Dr. Noe Noe Lwin and Dr. Albert Tacon. Dr. Kathleen Hartman and Dr. Patricia Moraes-Valenti have ended their terms as Directors, as has Dr. Jennifer Cobcroft as Secretary and Dr. Juan Pablo Lazo as Past President. It has been my honor to serve with those who will be stepping down and with those who are coming on board. My term as past president will end in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA at Aquaculture 2019 (March 7-11) during our 50th anniversary. Plans for our 50th and LACC’s 25th anniversaries are well underway. Stay tuned for more details.  [more..]

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