World Aquaculture Society News
Recent Advancements in Seahorse Aquaculture and Conservation
Seahorses (genus Hippocampus
) are eye-catching fishes. Their unusual features, such as a horse-like head, a monkey-like prehensile tail and male “pregnancies” have intrigued people of all ages. This unique set of features and bright colorations has resulted in seahorses being consistently listed as one of the most popular exhibit animals in zoos and public aquaria. Advancements in captive breeding make seahorses an excellent case study for aquaculture and stewardship for promoting marine conservation. [More..]
Statistics in Aquaculture Workshop at Aquaculture 2016
A new workshop on statistics in aquaculture has been added to the program of Aquaculture 2016.
Several studies have pointed out the misuse of multiple comparison tests in agricultural sciences. Aquaculture researchers have only recently begun to pay attention to this area of data analysis. However, misconceptions and a lack of understanding are evident in our journal articles. The current workshop will critically address a variety of mean comparison techniques and give you the tools to understand and correctly apply those techniques to your data.
Be sure to add this as part of your registration if you wish to attend. [More..]
2015 USAS Election Ballot - Voting Deadline is January 22, 2016
The USAS Elections Committee, with approval by the USAS Executive Board, has finalized the ballot for the election of the officers and directors of our organization along with Bylaw changes/additions for the upcoming year.
A PDF version of the ballot is available here
and can be downloaded, filled out (your member ID MUST be included at the top in the space provided)
We prefer that you use this link USAS 2015 Ballot
to vote online. Members without e-mail addresses will be mailed a paper ballot. The deadline for ballots to be returned is January 22, 2016.
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..]
Reminder - Annual WAS Business Meeting
Please join us for the annual WAS Business meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Concorde C in the Paris Hotel. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.
December 2015 President's Column
During the second trimester of my presidency, WAS committees got down to the difficult business of accomplishing their tasks. Building on the momentum of the Jeju meeting, the Communications Committee and the reinvigoration plan for JWAS have been in full swing. The Awards Committee was given a number of new initiatives, including revising student abstract award procedures, and introducing a new award for a student or young scientist to honor the late M.C. Nandeesha. It remains a challenge to identify worthy candidates for the Honorary Life, Exemplary Service and Fellows awards from a variety of countries where prominent aquaculture professionals work and reside. Recently the composition of the Awards Committee was altered to include all Chapter Presidents and an industry representative in an effort to increase the diversity of nominees. However, I strongly encourage each member to be active in nominating fellow colleagues who you consider worthy of WAS recognition. . [more..]
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