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The Plenary Speakers, Abstract submission and WAS-APC activities at APA 2018

[February 27, 2018]
ASIAN PACIFIC AQUAUCULTURE 2018-APA18. The International event will be hosted at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) from April 23 to 26, 2018 (Taiwan). The first plenary speaker will be Dr. Ching Fong Chang, President of NTOU and co-chair of APA18. His presentation will be the opportunity to introduce the conference theme “Aquaculture innovation, sustainability and food safety” to all APA18 participants.

Ching-Fong Chang is a distinguished Professor and the President of the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU). Under the leadership of the former presidents and through all the faculty and staff members’ efforts, National Taiwan Ocean University strives to be one of the most outstanding universities of Ocean Studies both in Taiwan and in the world. The University has transformed herself into a comprehensive university and is recognized in teaching, research and social services. It was awarded as one of the World Top 400 universities by The Times Higher Education (THE) in 2011.

The second plenary speaker at APA18 is Dr. Patrick Sorgeloos, Aquaculture Expert from Belgium. The tile of his presentation is “New insights in microbial management to make intensive aquaculture more sustainable” which is linked to the theme of APA18, Aquaculture innovation, sustainability and food safety”. [More..]

Latin American & Caribbean Aquaculture 2018 - LACQUA18

[February 26, 2018]
We are pleased to announce the realization of the Latin American & Caribbean Aquaculture 2018 - LACQUA18 event, which will be developed together with the VIII Colombian Aquaculture Congress - VIII CCA at the Ágora Convention Center, Bogotá, from October 23 to 26, 2018. These events are organized by the National University of Colombia, the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture FEDEACUA and the Latin American & Caribbean Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society LACC / WAS. [More..]
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Aquaculture America 2018 Plenary Talks Now Online

The plenary session of the February 2018 Las Vegas 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.
[Schubel Video]
[Lieber Video]

Aquaculture in Occitanie, France

The upcoming AQUA 2018 event #We R Aquaculture, co-organised by EAS and WAS, will take place in Occitanie. This is the name given to one of the new ‘super regions’ of France, created in 2016 from the former regions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées. Occitanie comes from the historical name of the broader region of southern France and the historic use of the Occitan language and its various dialects.

Its aquaculture activities cover the production of marine and freshwater fish and shellfish cultivated in the Thau lagoon, a special focus of this article. The region also produces Spirulina and more recently other microalgae and macroalgae [More..]

AQUA 2018 to be Held in Montpellier France

Montpellier is a very conference-friendly city and provides very easy access from many hotels in all price ranges and excellent post-conference networking. AQUA 2018 will be held in the Le Corum Conference Center, which is in the centre of Montpellier and just a 10-min walk from the TGV station and the famous Place de la Comédie.

Montpellier is the ideal place to stay and take advantage of the many treasures of the Occitanie Region. Nestled between sea, vineyards and mountains and considered to be one of the top five French cities in organizing congresses and international exhibitions, Montpellier is the very definition of the Mediterranean city. With its rich historical heritage and idyllic location just a few kilometers from the coast, it is a key international city for business tourism. [More..]

Editor's Note - Tipping Points and Aquaculture

The concept of a tipping point or turning point was first used by social scientists in the 1950s but gained currency with the publication of a popular book on the subject by Malcolm Gladwell in 2000. The Merriam-Webster definition is “the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place.” The basic idea is that a transition to a state of disequilibrium, sometimes called a “non-linear regime shift,” occurs after a threshold of conditions is passed.

The subtitle to Gladwell’s book is “how little things make a big difference.” Metaphorically a tipping point can be considered the straw that breaks the camel’s back, the point of no return. There may be some value in considering the various ways tipping points apply to aquaculture at various scales. [More..]

Aquaculture Research Priorities for the Next Decade: A Global Perspective

Setting future research priorities is a risky business; the chances are very high that somewhere, someone is likely to feel that a specific priority has not been addressed. We attempt to define seven research areas that we believe can yield the greatest impact on improving and increasing commercial aquaculture outputs over the coming decade. Research efforts must be integrated across disciplines by teams of researchers who work together effectively to meet the future needs of aquaculture worldwide.

Ultimately, consumers will drive what aquaculture products, which supply chains, and which product attributes they are willing to support with their buying power. Ongoing studies that measure changes and point to emerging market opportunities will provide the type of guidance that aquaculture businesses need to avoid costly decisions based on incorrect assessments of market trends and what consumers really want. For example, while much is written about the growing demand for l [More..]

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..]
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March 2018 President's Column

By the time you read this, we will have held Aquaculture America 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with our partners — the US Aquaculture Society, a chapter of the World Aquaculture Society; the National Aquaculture Association; and the Aquaculture Suppliers Association. This year’s AA18 was hosted by the California Aquaculture Association. I’d like to thank all our sponsors and tradeshow participants but particularly our premier sponsors — Tyson Foods, Inc., Animal Nutrition Group; Zeigler; Blue Aqua®; and Darling Ingredients. Our conferences are truly a group effort with a diversity of contributors. Let’s not forget what makes our conferences great and that is our participants. Thank you for our conferences being a very productive place to learn, make new connections and re-engage with the old connections and friends. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming conferences: APA18 Taipei, Taiwan (April 23-26) and AQUA 2018 Montpellier, France, August 25-29. AQUA 2018 will be our joint meeting with the European Aquaculture Society (EAS).


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