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  • LACQUA 2016 will be the 2016 Annual meeting of the Latin American & Caribbean Chapter of WAS. Following upon the previous successful LACQUA meetings, LACQUA will bring international attention to the aquaculture industry of Peru and South America. The WAS Regional Meeting, SOUTH AMERICAN REGIONAL AQUACULTURE 2016 will join with LACQUA 2016.

    LACQUA 2016 will be held at the Sheraton Convention Centre in Lima, Peru Nov. 29 – Dec.1, 2016. Lima will be the perfect place for the meeting as it is central to the entire country and easy for international attendees to fly into.. [more..}

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  • Aquaculture America 2017 returns to one of the favorite tourist spots in the world for the only major national aquaculture conference and exposition held in the U.S. The U.S. Aquaculture Society (formerly U.S. Chapter of WAS) joins with National Aquaculture Association and the Aquaculture Suppliers Association to produce the annual Aquaculture America meetings. These sponsors are joined by the annual meetings of Aquacultural Engineering Society, American Tilapia Association, Striped Bass Growers Association, US Trout Farmers Association, US Shrimp Farming Association and many more associations to make Aquaculture America 2017 the one meeting in the U.S. that you don’t want to miss!

    AQUACULTURE AMERICA 2017 will have the largest aquaculture trade show in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest anywhere in the world with nearly 200 booths! This is your opportunity to inspect the latest in products and services for the aquaculture industry. It is the place to visit current suppliers and make new contacts. To keep ahead and to keep profits building, you need to keep pace with the technological advancements in the industry - and AQUACULTURE AMERICA 2017 is the place to do it!

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  • WORLD AQUACULTURE 2017 will be held in Cape Town with involvement from countries throughout the Africa continent and around the world. Aquaculture is rapidly growing in Africa and increasingly being integrated into the continent’s food systems; therefore 2017 is the perfect time for the world aquaculture community to focus on Africa..

    A major international trade show at WORLD AQUACULTURE 2017 is the place to learn about the latest aquaculture technologies presented by exhibitors from around the world. [more..]

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  • Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2017 is the place to learn about the latest in aquaculture, see the newest technology in the trade show with exhibits from around the world and enjoy the many tourist sights in Malaysia.

    APA 2017 will have a large exhibition featuring international companies showcasing the latest in products, services and all aquaculture related information. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the items that will enhance your aquaculture operation.

    APA 2017 will have special sessions to address the everyday practical concerns and needs of aquaculture farmers. Specific information will be provided on current problems farmers are facing. ... [more..]

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Juan Pablo Lazo to be a LACQUA 16 Plenary Speaker

[September 28, 2016]
LACQUA16 – Lima, Peru – November 28 – December 1, 2016. We are pleased to inform you that this year one of our plenary speakers will be Dr. Juan Pablo Lazo, current president of the World Aquaculture Society and former president of the Latin American & Caribbean Chapter.

Juan Pablo Lazo is a graduated Biochemist Engineer, Administrator in Aquatic Resources Exploitation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. He earned his Master’s degree in Aquaculture at Louisiana State University and the degree of Doctor of Marine Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, United States. For 15 years, Juan Pablo has being holding the position of Senior Researcher at the Department of Aquaculture Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico. [More..]
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Aquaculture America 2017 Wants You!

Become a Session Chair and Forge the Future with Aquaculture America

The Aquaculture America 2017 (AA2017) Steering Committee is looking for enthusiastic new session chairs for upcoming Aquaculture America conferences. The success of these conferences is due largely to session chairs. These creative, dedicated and engaged members develop the comprehensive conference program comprised of both technical and producer-oriented sessions. The Steering Committee encourages everyone, especially the members of the AA2017 sponsoring organizations -- US Aquaculture Society (USAS), National Aquaculture Association (NAA), and Aquaculture Suppliers Association (ASA) -- to consider serving as a session chair. [More..]

Dr. F. C. Thomas Allnutt - Outstanding JWAS Reviewer - First Quarter 2016

The Editorial Board of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society is pleased to announce the Outstanding Reviewer for the First Quarter of 2016 for the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.

Congratulations go to Dr. F.C. Thomas Allnutt.

“I enjoy reading what researchers are up to around the world and, even when the topic is not specifically what I am doing at the time, the exposure to new work helps to keep me current and inspired in my own research. The chance to improve the articles through careful review and constructive feedback gives me a chance to contribute positively to the aquaculture community.”

October 2016 JWAS Editor's Choice Papers Announced

The Editor's Choice papers have been announced for the October 2016 issue of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. The topics discussed in these award winning papers are:
  • Early maturation of Atlantic Salmon
  • The use of a predatory bacteria as a antibiotic substitute
  • Analysis of the effect of community based fish culture for poverty relief
  • Using a coated copper sulfate as an algaecide in catfish ponds
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Beyond Impact Factors: Research that Contributes to the Growth and Development of Aquaculture

The aim of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS) is to develop technological innovations and solutions to major issues facing global aquaculture. JWAS represents the part of the World Aquaculture Society's overall mission that is devoted to publishing the latest global aquaculture science to contribute to the development and growth of sustainable aquaculture enterprises of all scales.  

What constitutes a positive impact to the growth and development of aquaculture? From the perspective of the owner/manager of an aquaculture enterprise, it is an innovation that results in the farm's ability to produce a better product at a lower production cost. Improvements that contribute to reduced costs per kg typically are those that have resulted in increased growth, higher yield, greater productivity, improved survival, or a lower feed conversion ratio. For the consumer, positive impacts translate into increased availability of better quality, less expensive, tastier, [More..]

Current Status of Scallop Culture in Brazil

Among seventeen species of scallop found along the extensive 7,400 km Brazilian coastline, the lion’s paw scallop Nodipecten nodosus, the largest of all, has been identified as the best scallop candidate for mariculture in Brazil. This scallop can attain a shell length of up to 18 cm. It is commonly found along the southern coastline of Rio de Janeiro state in a depth range of 10-25 m, mainly affixed to hard substrates, usually rocks. It is occasionally also found on sandy sea bottoms in close proximity to island or mainland shorelines. The lion’s paw scallop is by far the most abundant scallop. The species has excellent attributes for domestication. It is relatively easy to manage using common scallop lantern net culture systems and husbandry techniques. Scallops grow fast in the warm, clean coastal waters of the southeastern coast of Brazil, reaching 80-100 mm shell length within 12 months of culture (Lovatelli et al. 2008; Sühnel et al. 2012). [More..]

Debasing the Currency of Science – The Growing Menace of Predatory Open Access Journals

Science cannot exist without the communication of scientific information. Scientific communication can only be credible if it has an efficient system of quality control. There are no international conventions or laws governing this quality control, which has evolved informally within the scientific community to become the present-day peer-review and editorial processes. The miracle of the scientific enterprise is that it has advanced so well with nothing more than the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that morally binds authors, editors and reviewers to produce good quality, honest work. [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..]
Special Announcement


We are currently soliciting nominations for The Honorary Life Award, the Exemplary Service Award and the Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society Award. Criteria for the awards are described in the attached Call for Awards Nominations and the standard nomination form for all awards. Completed nominations should be sent to Bill Daniels ( Chair, WAS Honors and Awards Committee by December 20, 2016. [More..]

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September 2016 President's Column

I write this as I sit mesmerized by ancient ruins on top of the hills overlooking the Colosseum in Rome. I think of all of the accomplishments brought about by this ancient civilization and reflect on how much humanity has changed and progressed over time. In particular, I consider how humans have depended on fisheries resources since the onset of early civilization and how aquaculture has played an increasingly important role in providing food security and nutrition to humans.....


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