World Aquaculture Society Calendar of Events


May 2023

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Darwin is proud to be hosting World Aquaculture for Australia for the fi rst time since 2014. This annual event will incorporate the Australiasian Aquaculture industry and will see several thousand attendess from around the world converge on the city of Darwin Contributions to developing new and existing ideas to stimulate this vital industry are welcome. With almost half of the world’s consumption of seafood coming from farms, aquaculture is playing an increasingly important role in meeting the challenge of global food security. World Aquaculture 2023 (WA2023) will be an opportunity for the international aquaculture community - academics, industry researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials, policy makers and industry representatives to present their work and exchange ideas and develop a vision for the future of the aquaculture industry as we focus on the theme of “Supporting Strength in Aquaculture” An event not to be missed - WA2023 will offer a chance to gauge the sector’s progress, whilst we discuss and debate the issues, ideas, mechanisms and hands-on practical approaches towards building a better industry. In addition there will be ample opportunity to network during both structured and free-flowing events. On behalf of the WA2023 Steering Committee, we look forward to seeing you in Darwin.

August 2023

Location: DeVos Place Convention Center Grand Rapids, MI
The American Fisheries Society, President April Croxton, and the Michigan Chapter are excited to host the 153rd AFS Annual Meeting, August 20-24, 2023 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Home to the iconic Blue Bridge and Grand River, AFS is thrilled to return to the city of Grand Rapids following a successful Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting held earlier this year. As we continue to address the various stressors impacting fisheries and their ecosystems, we hope that this year’s theme, “Adaptive approaches to understand and manage changes in fisheries,” will stimulate a wide range of sessions as we bring together professionals from across North America and countries throughout the world.
Location: Trondheim Spektrum Trondheim, Norway
This year, Aqua Nor 2023 will be a three-day trade fair, held from Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th of August. The decision was made by the Board of the Nor-Fishing Foundation, after multiple requests from the exhibitors. Moving forward, both Aqua Nor and its sister exhibition Nor-Fishing becomes three-day exhibitions. The Board agrees with the feedback from exhibitors, that the change will improve the overall quality of the exhibition – resulting in three compact trade fair days, filled to the brim with memorable experiences. — We’re excited to share the news with the exhibitors, who we know welcomes the change. We look forward to three energetic days, and to arrange what we believe will be the best version of Aqua Nor so far, says Kristian Digre, CEO at the Nor-Fishing Foundation.

September 2023

Location: Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht Utrech, Netherlands
5-7 September 2023 we convene the second edition of the Global Shrimp Forum, a fully dedicated high executive meeting place for the warm water shrimp Industry, in Utrecht the Netherlands. We will gather 500 high level executives representing farmers, feed companies, technology suppliers, service providers, processors, exporters, importers, wholesalers, retailers and other industry stakeholders. Established by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Shrimp Insights and Contango, the Global Shrimp Forum Foundation is an independent non-profit and mission oriented organization based in Utrecht the Netherlands. The Global Shrimp Forum will be the place where industry leaders come together to discuss the most pressing issues their businessess are confronted with and to develop a vision on the long term strategy towards a resilient and sustainable industry. GSF aims to facilitate dialogue and encourage collaboration. In 2022, at the inaugural edition, we gathered with more than 430 people representing over 225 companies and 33 countries. We had 2,5 days of content, networking and celebration. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive and it was clear that the warm water shrimp industry had been waiting for its own leadership venue. With support from our partners we are certain that we will now let the Global Shrimp Forum grow to the next level.
Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
The conference will feature hundreds of world-class speakers and delegates from around the globe on the science, technology, business, and social aspects of aquaculture. St. John’s is located on the most eastern edge of North America, is Canada’s oldest European settlement, and the region is home to some of the most ecologically interesting areas in the World. Nearby UNESCO heritage sites, wildlife and nature conservancies make for exciting daily excursions. Historic and archival locations (one of the 4 corners of the Earth, Viking Settlements, etc.) are within 2 day excursions. This city, famous for its hospitality, music, and culinary experiences is a quick trip across the Atlantic from Europe, and easily accessible from all other parts of North America, and the globe, by air. St. John’s is also home to internationally recognized centres in aquaculture and fisheries science, with Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute and Faculty of Science leading the way. Cold Harvest 2023 is the place to learn about the latest in aquaculture, see the newest technology in the trade show, and have a great time in the many fantastic restaurants and entertainment sites that St. John’s and Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer.
Location: P&J Live Aberdeen TECA Aberdeen, UK
We are happy to announce the 21st International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish which will be held at the P&J Live Aberdeen TECA, in beautiful Scotland. The EAFP welcomes abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. During submission, apart from the usual themes we encourage new session topics to be announced in the section ‘others’. These will be established should there be enough interest. Please ensure that you have read the submission guidelines before submitting your abstract through the online portal. You will be required to set up an account and provide basic contact details in order to use the submission portal. Ensuring you complete all fields, the instructions in the system will guide you through the process. The deadline for abstract submissions is 10:00 BST on Monday 24 April 2023. More information will become available on the conference website in due course, including invited speakers and conference fees which will however lie in the usual range for the event.
Location: Vienna, Austria
Aquaculture is the world’s most diverse farming practice in terms of number of species, farming methods, intensity level and environments used. Significant efforts have been made to promote species diversity since global aquaculture production is dominated by a few dozen species. The needs for responsible use of resources, improved efficiency and in-creased resilience against future challenges such as diseases and climate change require further diversification in aquaculture beyond species level. However, diversification in aquaculture should be well balanced taking into account area specificities, available natural resources, social realities and needs of circular economy. Diversification should be appropriately maintained for local conditions, market access and resilience. Balance between small- and large-scale aquaculture enterprises and activities of various water users for example are salient issues in future aquaculture development.

October 2023

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
For 22 years, The Responsible Seafood Summit, formerly the Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL), has provided a pre-competitive platform for knowledge sharing and idea exchange amongst the world’s seafood thought leaders. It’s the largest international seafood business conference of its kind, featuring networking opportunities, field trips to production facilities and a forward-thinking program that identifies emerging issues before they become challenges and offers solutions to those impending challenges, keeping you ahead of the curve. Be an active participant in the development of a healthy, responsible seafood community by joining us for the 22nd edition of The Responsible Seafood Summit at The Saint John Delta from Oct. 2 to 5, 2023.
Location: Izmir - TURKIYE
The International Symposium on Sustainable Aquatic Research "SAQUARES", that aims to contribute to raising awareness for sustainable life by bringing SUSTAINABLE AQUATIC RESEARCH together, will be held in Izmir-Türkiye on 24-27 October 2023. Let's meet in the Historical Beauty of Izmir Visit SAQUARES at:

November 2023

Location: Luska, Zambia
The venue will be the Mulungushi International Convention Centre (MICC), regarded as the country’s ultimate Conferencing Centre, with world class facilities for meetings, exhibitions and other social activities. Located in the centre of Southern Africa, Zambia itself is a large, landlocked, resource-rich country with sparsely populated lands. The country is regarded as the “land of the legendary African walking safari” with magnificent natural wonders and boast of having the famous Victoria Falls (shared with Zimbabwe), the wild Zambezi River which feeds Lake Kariba (where major large-scale aquaculture ventures are located) and several other freshwater bodies. Zambia is regarded as one of the safest countries in the world to visit. The conference offers a great opportunity for aquaculture researchers, practitioners, decision makers and other stakeholders to meet, network and discuss all aspects of aquaculture in Africa. Exhibitors from all over the globe are expected to exhibit their products in the amazing exhibition Center. Visits to some famous touristic attractions in Lusaka and Zambia will be arranged. Special excursionary or aquaculture tours will also be arranged to nearby fish farms (both large, medium and small scale; aquafeeds plants, fish markets and some aquaculture R&D centres. Be sure to schedule time for this unique scientific, business and social event!

December 2023

Location: 1 W Rivercenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011
Every year, the Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show sets a new standard for innovative and practical learning in modern agriculture. Each moment of programming is thoughtfully curated to provide useful, practical, and measurable information and connections that you can apply to your operation. Join us for the main conference and trade show on Dec. 5-7 or decide to come early for one of our incredible full-day Eco-Ag U intensive workshops… either way you can expect a fulfilling experience that will include: 1. Exceptional learning from leading farmers, agronomists, and others who are pioneering a new way to farm ecologically and economically. 2. Engagement with innovative companies building tools and services to help you surpass your goals. 3. Connecting with your peers who are also seeking to chart a new path forward for their operations and with experienced growers and agronomists who have valuable lessons learned and are ready to share.


February 2024

Location: San Antonio, Texas
International Annual Conference & Exposition with U.S. Chapter, WAS, National Aquaculture Association and U.S. Suppliers Association

March 2024

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
SAVE THE DATE 116th NSA Annual Meeting Charlotte, North Carolina March 17-21 2024

May 2024

Location: Aviemore, Scotland
Meet in person again with suppliers, colleagues, investors, old friends, and new acquaintances. Connect with over 200 global Aquaculture companies. Discover the latest advancements in robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, smart fish farming systems, biomass counting, and more. Hear from experts at the new FREE innovation and sustainability conference. And learn about recent scientific breakthroughs in fish health and welfare, genetic selection, cleaner fish breedings, and more. View the programme here. Click to below to register your interest for Aquaculture UK 2024. You’ll be the first to know when free registration opens.
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