World Aquaculture Society News
Perspectives on the Responsible Aquaculture Movement
The human population was around 1 million when humans began to conduct agriculture about 10 to 12 thousand years ago. The ability to produce food by agriculture improved food availability and allowed human population to increase. Yet, the population grew slowly, reaching around 200 million by the beginning of the first millennium AD and about 750 million at the start of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1700s. Since then, global population has increased rapidly: 1 billion by 1810; 2 billion by 1930; 3 billion by 1950; 4 billion by 1974; 6 billion by 1999 (Fig. 1). The world population at mid-year 2013 was slightly more than 7 billion and it is projected to increase to about 9.3 billion by 2050. The projected rate of population increase, however, is expected to decrease — especially after 2050. [More..]
High-Value Aquaculture Finfish Symposium a Success
A symposium organized by the Asian-Pacific Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society on High-Value Aquaculture Finfish was held in Kagoshima, Japan from 15-18 October. The event was supported enthusiastically and meaningfully by the Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University, the National Sushi Association of Japan and the Japanese Aquaculture Society. [More..]
Check Out Our Mobile Meeting App for Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2013
We have posted the abstracts for the upcoming meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Use the the schedule and abstracts to plan you attendance at the meeting. Our mobile app allows you to see what is taking place during each time block of the meeting. [More..]
Student Logo Competition
The Steering Committee for World Aquaculture 2015 is looking for students to enter a competition in designing the logo that will be used for the World Aquaculture Society’s annual meeting in 2015. The conference logo for this event should take into account the theme: “Aquaculture for healthy people, planet and profit” and its unique location. Jeju is The Republic of Korea’s largest island at approximately 1,800 km2, was created millions of years ago from volcanic eruptions, and has a population of 600,000 people. In addition to numerous aquaculture products, it is also home to the world’s largest production of cultured olive flounder.
You do not need to be a WAS student member to submit a logo for this competition, just be a student! Logo submissions will be eligible for this competition from any student currently enrolled in courses or research hours.
Logo Submission Specifics:
The deadline for submission(s) will be December 15th, 2013.
Aquaculture: The Blue Biotechnology of the Future
Aquaculture is the fastest growing food-production industry (Fig. 1). It all started in Asia, especially in China, but it was only in the last 3 to 4 decades that spectacular growth took place. Following the FAO global aquaculture production statistics for the year 2011, finfish make up about half of all seafood production, totaling 62.7 million mt with an estimated value of US$ 130 billion. Farmed aquatic algae or seaweed production was 21 million mt in 2011, worth US$ 5.5 billion (FAO 2013, Fig. 2) By quantity, Asia and the Pacific are responsible for nearly 90 percent of the production but, when expressed by value, Europe and Latin America make up 20 percent because their aquaculture products fetch higher market prices. [More..]
WAS Is A Founding Partner for GFIA 2014
In response to the threats posed by global water shortages, pollution and climate change, thousands of innovators around the world are employing cutting-edge technology to create sustainable agriculture solutions and projects. The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA 2014) will show the world how new ideas can be developed to solve the world's ever increasing food needs.
Hosted by the city of Abu Dhabi, GFIA 2014 will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 3-5 February 2014. The World Aquaculture Society is proud to be a Founding Partner of GFIA 2014.
Seeking to fill JWAS Editor-in-Chief
The Journal Editor Search Committee of the World Aquaculture Society is seeking applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. The WAS is seeking an individual with noteworthy experience in technical writing, editing, and associated production of journals.
Interested applicants must submit a copy of his/her vitae, a letter that addresses experience with and knowledge of aquaculture and documents all editorial experience, and any letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted electronically to:
Dr. Jimmy Avery
Chair, WAS Journal Editor Search Committee
World Aquaculture Society Has Been Selected As A Music City Brand ChampionThe World Aquaculture Society has been selected as a Music City Brand Champion by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation for the incorporation of music into the logo design for the Aquaculture 2013 meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. As a Music City Brand Champion, WAS is now eligible to win the grand prize - the Annual Music City Brand Champion Award. Congratulations to all that were involved in the design of the winning logo.
Novus WAS Internship ChallengeNovus International, Inc.
is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Novus World Aquaculture Society (WAS) Internship program. Aquaculture has a bright future, as it represents the fastest growing animal production industry. Novus recognizes the need for the industry to attract and educate talented individuals to become future aqua research
scientists and nutritionists. This internship program represents an investment by Novus into the future of the aquaculture industry. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
Apply now to win a paid internship in Vietnam. [More..]
Fellows of the World Aquaculture Society Program
This Fellows of the World Aquaculture Society Award seeks to distinguish itself from other WAS awards by creating a category of recognition to the many aquaculture professionals spread throughout the world who have contributed to developing aquaculture as members of the World Aquaculture Society. A Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society is defined as "a member who has made outstanding achievements in aquaculture science, industry, outreach or extension as recognized by his/her peers.” Examples of outstanding advancement can be in research, education, technology, service to professional societies, administration in academia, industry or government, or on abilities in communicating and interpreting aquaculture science to the public [More..]
December 2013 President's Column
As with my recent trip to Mexico and the meeting in Villavicencio, it is ever more evident that aquaculture is developing rapidly in the Americas as it is around the world. Furthermore, this development is occurring with increased interest and investment from currently unrelated and established industry sectors. [more..]
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