World Aquaculture - December 2023

8 DECEMBER 2023 • WORLD AQUACULTURE • WWW.WAS.ORG CHAPTER REPORTS Asian Pacific Chapter Since the APA 2023 Conference in Darwin, WAS APC has continued its association with three major conferences, partnering with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture (ICFA 2023), held in Bali, Indonesia (24 – 26 October 2023); the International Fisheries Symposium (IFS 2023) from 22 – 24 November 2023; and the GIANT PRAWN 2023 conference from 27 – 29 November in Bangkok. Free WAS-APC booth space was provided by AIT, which helped to generate several membership interests among students, university faculty, and private industry representatives. The IFS 2023 was the annual conference of the ASEANFisheries Education Network (ASEAN-FEN) hosted by AIT in Bangkok, Thailand. We organized a special ASEAN student Congress as part of the IFS 2023 Conference at Novotel Future Park Hotel in Bangkok. Nearly 60 students from several universities in Asia attended this event. Dr. Fanny Yasumaru, WAS-APC Student Director, and Dr. Bibha Kumari, WAS-APC President-elect, coordinated this event, with their travel supported by AIT and the Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Singapore. This was an engaging event with a quiz program and talent show for students following the promotion of the Asian Pacific Aquaculture (APA) 2024. AIT offered five free registrations for attending APA 2024 for the winners of these competitions. Promotion of APA 2024 was also done at the gala dinner organized as part of the IFS and GIANT PRAWN 2023 conferences. The APC Board had its regular meeting schedules in a virtual mode. A major focus of these discussions was to identify more effective ways of communicating with the members, such as revitalizing the social media platforms and other channels. We also continued the engagement with representatives of the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT). The dates for the next Asian-Pacific Aquaculture Conference (APA 2024) have been revised and are now scheduled for 2-5 July in Surabaya, Indonesia. Attendance and interest are expected to increase for APA 2024. The Program Committee has begun the session planning, and we request WAS-APC members to help coordinate APA 2024 sessions and encourage more participation from their networks. — Krishna Salin, President WAS-APC Booth at IFS 2023 and GIANT PRAWN 2023 conferences, Bangkok, Thailand. WAS-APC Student event as part of IFS 2023 Conference, Bangkok, Thailand. CALLING ALL READERS Do you have something you would like to contribute to World Aquaculture? We welcome general features, articles and news covering a variety of aquaculture-related topics, preferably well-illustrated with photographs and line art. Published quarterly, the magazine keeps WAS members up to date with research results and reviews of aquaculture trends and topics. Guidelines for authors are available here. Submit manuscripts to Mary Nickum, Editor, World Aquaculture Magazine, at Please copy C. Greg Lutz, Editor in Chief, at when emailing your submission.