As COVID-19 took hold around the world, the United States Aquaculture Society webinar committee was hard at work bringing valuable information and advice to our members and beyond. Using the 2017 USAS member survey as a starting point, the committee located experts from various fields of aquaculture and education that were willing to share their research and knowledge virtually. Partnerships with WAS, the National Aquaculture Association (NAA) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) helped shape the success and extend our reach.
The 2020 joint USAS/NAA/ACES webinar series was indeed a success, with eight webinars conducted and more to come in 2021. The total number of unique registrants for the webinars was 1,961 people from 79 countries, but several people attended multiple webinars. Table 1 provides details on the registration, live viewing and recording views for the calendar year 2020. These webinars and views of the subsequent recordings provided more than 2,500 hours of continuing education for participants and viewers around the world and will continue to add value for years to come. Attend this presentation to learn more about the value and impact of this effort.