World Aquaculture Society Calendar of Events


July 2022

Location: De Doelen International Conference Center Rotterdam Rotterdam, The Netherlands
This congress is the premier conference for researchers and professionals involved in genetic improvement of livestock. Delegates from around the world gather every four years to attend the scientific program and to network with colleagues. We have had 11 successful congresses since the ’70s; in Madrid (Spain, 1974 and 1982), Lincoln (USA, 1986), Edinburgh (UK, 1990), Guelph (Canada, 1994), Armidale (Australia, 1998), Montpellier (France, 2002), Belo Horizonte (Brazil, 2006), Leipzig (Germany, 2010), Vancouver (Canada, 2014), and Auckland (New Zealand, 2018). See also for the proceedings of these conferences. Sustainable production of high-quality animal proteins for a growing world population is the key challenge for livestock industry in the future. In 2050, resilient and healthy animals need to produce enough animal proteins in a resource-efficient and societally accepted way to feed the world’s population. Animal breeding relies on research and development and on long-term commitment to meet the changing consumer demands to increase efficiency in the food chain, to reduce the ecological footprint, to minimize the use of antibiotics, and to contribute to food safety, and to better health and welfare of livestock. WCGALP is the conference to share knowledge and to interact on innovations in the area of genetics applied to livestock production that enable to breed animals that allow livestock production chains to meet future needs.
Location: Stellenbosch University Campus Stellenbosch, South Africa
We are pleased to announce that Aquaculture Conference 2022 is taking place from 11-14 July 2022 in the Western Cape. South Africa ranks tenth in Africa, producing close to 6 400 tonnes in 2017, which represents approximately 0.01% of the African continent’s total production. It’s time for action and to increase our aquaculture production as a country and in our region. Our theme for the 2022 edition of the conference is to: The Aquaculture Conference 2022 is a fantastic platform to gather every partner within the Aquaculture Sector in South Africa. It is an opportunity to network and gains insights into the latest research and developments taking place. Exhibitions, farm, and technical tours are included. We welcome farmers, researchers, students, government officials, and service providers to register today!

August 2022

Location: St. John's Convention Centre, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
The World Aquaculture Society (WAS), Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC) and Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) are excited to co-host this world class, international event; surely to be the largest aquaculture conference and trade show in Canadian history.

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 and 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.

Aquaculture Canada and WAS North America 2020 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: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
We are pleased to inform that the 11th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA11) has been confirmed to be held virtually on 23rd – 26th August 2022 after few postponements due to the pandemic Covid-19 and travel restrictions in all countries.We believe under the circumstances, the virtual mode will be convenient and best option for all participants. The triennial symposium is a hub that covers core aspects of aquatic animal health including current research developments, trends, the future of the aquatic animal health industry and many more. The DAA11 provides a forum for interaction among professionals, academicians, and experts in the fields of aquatic animal health. Therefore, we welcome all researchers, business professionals, and industry / academia representatives to join and share their research findings with us at DAA11.

September 2022

Location: Extension Center of the Catholic University of Chile Santiago, Chile
The 9th ISAAH will be held at the Extension Center of the Catholic University of Chile (PUC). Founded in 1888, the PUC is one of the oldest universities in the country and one of the most respected educational institutions in Latin America. Chile, in turn, is a key player in global aquaculture and especially in the cultivation of salmonids and mussels (mussels). In the organization of the symposium, they also highlight that Chile has diverse habitats, from the Andes mountain range to the Pacific Ocean, from the desert in the north to the Patagonia area in the south-austral. “Enjoying more than 5,000 kilometers of coastline and an extensive network of aquatic ecosystems in the middle of numerous hydrographic basins, rivers, and lakes, Chile is an attractive destination for researchers in aquatic animal health,” the organizing committee highlighted. who added that Santiago “is a vibrant city with diverse cultural roots, exquisite and first-rate museums; as well as restaurants, bars and cafes. We hope that you will join us in Santiago for a truly inspiring event. “
Location: Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht Utrecht, Netherlands
6-8 September 2022 we convene the first 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 400-500 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.
Location: Biology Centre CAS Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic
Main symposium scope: Biology of perch (Perca fluviatilis, P. flavescens, P. schrenkii), pikeperch, walleye, sauger, (S. lucioperca, S. volgensis, S. vitreus, S. canadensis), ruffe (Gymnocephalus spp.) and related species Early life history, ontogeny Population dynamics Behavior, evolution Fish stock management Aquaculture Hydroacoustics in Percid research Physiology, genetics (eDNA including) Predators and parasites Interactions with other species Percids as invasive fishes (citizen science incl.)
Location: Rimini, Italy
The issues of compatibility and mutual synergy between the users of marine, brackish and freshwater resources and their relationship with the quality of those ecosystems are central in promoting the sustainable development of the Blue economy and aquaculture. Traditional and emerging Blue economy sectors, currently operating in the Adriatic, Mediterranean and water bodies throughout Europe, are expected to grow and expand over the next years and to sustainably contribute to food production, biofuel and clean energy. Nevertheless, scientific literature provides clear evidence that, according to current trends and within 10 years, our coastal and marine environment will change for sea acidification and warming, sea-level rise and coastal erosion and all water bodies will be affected by flooding, eutrophication and pollution, with important effects on ecosystem services, fish and shellfish stocks and food security. Climate change, depletion of natural resources, loss of biodiversity, food security and safety, environmental pollution and waste represent important sustainability challenges for further expansion of European aquaculture and the ambition of the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy. It will be necessary for the sector to address these externalities, but also focus on the way in which we chose, use and re-use resources, as we move towards a circular Blue economy. How aquaculture is facing these challenges, and the solutions put in place to develop a sustainable, responsible and productive and climate neutral European aquaculture sector for key marine and freshwater fish, shellfish and algal species are the main themes for AE2022 event in Rimini. The AE2022 parallel sessions will cover the full scope of European aquaculture and will comprise submitted oral and ePoster presentations. AE2022 will also feature an international trade exhibition, industry forum, student sessions and activities, satellite workshops and updates on EU research.

October 2022

Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle, WA
The 21st edition of the Global Seafood Alliance’s signature event, GOAL: The Responsible Seafood Conference, will be held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, USA, from Oct. 3 to 6, 2022. Though the in-person event has grown from less than 100 attendees at the inaugural Global Shrimp Outlook for Leadership in 2001 to upward of 500 today, the mission remains the same — to provide a pre-competitive space for seafood thought leaders in both aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries to put day-to-day business aside to learn, network and socialize. Register now to save $600 before rates go up on July 15.
Location: Hotel Rafael Atocha Madrid, Spain
The first MHA was organised by Nofima in Oslo, Norway on 11-13 September 2019. It was a big success...and we are now bringing the meeting to Madrid, Spain! MHA2022 aims to provide a platform to present and discuss the state-of-the-art of mucosal health research in various farmed aquatic species. This will in turn stimulate new research frontiers and opportunities, thus cementing the relevance of mucosal health in promoting more sustainable farming practices. MHA2022 is expected to gather emerging (e.g., students, early career scholars) and established (e.g., senior scientists, academicians) researchers around the world who are interested in various aspects of mucosal health and who are in the forefront of their fields. The symposium also actively encourages the participation of the members of the industry, especially from the farming and feed production sectors. Scientific Sessions Session 1: Mucosal immune responses and structures Session 2: Effect of nutrition on mucosal health Session 3: Host-microbiome interactions Session 4: Environmental effects on mucosal health Session 5: Oral vaccination strategies ? MHA2022 is being organised by CISA-INIA-CSIC.
Location: InterContinental Saigon Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Today, Asia’s aquafeed industry is facing unprecedented challenges arising not only from the pandemic but also global trends – rising ingredient and high freight costs, supply chain disruptions and the push for use of more sustainable feed ingredients. While inflationary cost increases affect all players along the supply chain and is a new normal for aquaculture as a whole, it is particularly difficult for feedmillers in Asia tasked with supporting its growth. There is a need to future proof the industry for the next decade, among them with sustainable feeds to meet consumer demands and reduce its carbon footprint. The Aquaculture Roundtable Series® (TARS) 2022 seeks to help the aquafeed industry and other stakeholders navigate these challenges by looking into a new equilibrium with feed costs and feed efficiency. Who Should Attend TARS 2022 is the ideal platform for networking and dialogue among Asia’s key players in the shrimp and freshwater and marine fish aquaculture sectors including CEOs, feedmillers, farmers and integrators, processors, nutritionists, formulators, feed ingredient, additive and equipment suppliers, industry leaders, marketeers, institutional researchers, academicians, government and non-government organizations, and other stakeholders in the aquaculture supply chain. TARS 2022 will be an in-person event.

November 2022

Location: Singapore
WORLD AQUACULTURE Singapore 2022 will be held in Singapore with involvement from countries throughout the Asian-Pacific region and around the world. Aquaculture is rapidly growing in the Asian-Pacific region and increasingly being integrated into the Singapore food systems; therefore 2020 is the perfect time for the world aquaculture community to focus on Singapore.

A major international trade show at WORLD AQUACULTURE Singapore2022 is the place to learn about the latest aquaculture technologies presented by exhibitors from around the world.


February 2023

Location: Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana USA
AQUACULTURE AMERICA 2023 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. The Conference is also the site for meetings organized by the Aquacultural Engineering Society, Aquatic Drug Approval Coalition, US Trout Farmers Association, Zebrafish Husbandry Association and many more associations to make Aquaculture America 2023 the one meeting in the U.S. that you don’t want to miss!
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