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Juan Pablo Lazo to be a LACQUA 16 Plenary Speaker
[September 28, 2016]
LACQUA16 – Lima, Peru – November 28 – December 1, 2016. We are pleased to inform you that
this year one of our plenary speakers will be Dr. Juan Pablo Lazo, current president of the World
Aquaculture Society and former president of the Latin American & Caribbean Chapter.
Juan Pablo Lazo is a graduated
Biochemist Engineer, Administrator
in Aquatic Resources Exploitation
from the Monterrey Institute of
Technology and Higher Education.
He earned his Master’s degree in
Aquaculture at Louisiana State
University and the degree of Doctor
of Marine Sciences at the University
of Texas at Austin, United States. For
15 years, Juan Pablo has being
holding the position of Senior
Researcher at the Department of
Aquaculture Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada in Baja California,
Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2017 to be Held in Kuala Lumpur
[September 01, 2016]
Following the huge success of APA 16 in Indonesia, Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2017 in Malaysia will be the next mega exceptional platform to learn and discuss about the latest developments aquaculture, newest technologies, see the rapidly expanding international aquaculture industry in Asia. Transforming for Markets Needs will be the theme for APA 17.
APA17 will be hosted by Department of Fisheries (DOF), Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries, Malaysia. The conference and tradeshow will be organized by World Aquaculture Society – Asian Pacific Chapter. Malaysian Fisheries Society and University Putra, Malaysia. It will be held on July 24-27, 2016 at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [More..]
World Aquaculture Society News
Sustainable Growth of Aquaculture: The Need for Research to Evaluate the Impacts of Regulatory Frame
Aquaculture continues to grow at a rapid rate across the world, averaging 6.5% annual growth from 2010 to 2014 (FAO 2016). This growth can be attributed to research and development that has led to scientific breakthroughs and development of new technologies. Total global aquaculture production began to exceed that of the supply harvested from the wild in 2013 (FAO 2016). Perhaps more striking has been the emergence of farmed species such as shrimp, salmon, tilapia, oysters, and seaweeds that have grown to dominate supply to consumers, leading to declining market prices that have led to changing patterns of consumption.
However, it has become increasingly clear that the growth of aquaculture has primarily occurred in the developing world that contrasts with declining production in a number of countries in the developed world. A literature is beginning to emerge on the stifling effects of regulatory systems on growth of aquaculture in the developed world. In a cross-country an [More..]
Current Status of Scallop Culture in Brazil
Among seventeen species of scallop found along the
extensive 7,400 km Brazilian coastline, the lion’s paw scallop
Nodipecten nodosus, the largest of all, has been identified as the best
scallop candidate for mariculture in Brazil. This scallop can attain a
shell length of up to 18 cm. It is commonly found along the southern
coastline of Rio de Janeiro state in a depth range of 10-25 m, mainly
affixed to hard substrates, usually rocks. It is occasionally also found
on sandy sea bottoms in close proximity to island or mainland
shorelines. The lion’s paw scallop is by far the most abundant
scallop. The species has excellent attributes for domestication. It is
relatively easy to manage using common scallop lantern net culture
systems and husbandry techniques. Scallops grow fast in the warm,
clean coastal waters of the southeastern coast of Brazil, reaching
80-100 mm shell length within 12 months of culture (Lovatelli et al.
2008; Sühnel et al. 2012). [More..]
Debasing the Currency of Science – The Growing Menace of Predatory Open Access Journals
Science cannot exist without the communication of scientific information. Scientific communication can only be credible if it has an efficient system of quality control. There are no international conventions or laws governing this quality control, which has evolved informally within the scientific community to become the present-day peer-review and editorial processes. The miracle of the scientific enterprise is that it has advanced so well with nothing more than the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that morally binds authors, editors and reviewers to produce good quality, honest work. [More..]
Why Interdisciplinary Research is Critical for the Growth and Development of Aquaculture
Aquaculture production must continue to grow to contribute to the growing need for additional food to meet an increasing demand of the world's growing human population for animal protein. Continued growth will require that production systems meet human needs in a way that is economically sustainable and does not compromise the continued availability of energy resources, ecosystem services, resiliency of natural resources, or the ability to protect animals and humans from virulent pathogens. The technological advances that have led to increased globalization have facilitated increased international travel and trade that have increased interactions and effects on food safety, aquatic animal disease, and marketing issues on a global scale. [More..]
AQUATIC AGRICULTURE: Cultivating Floating Crops on Lakes
Water is the most limiting factor to achieving the large increases in food production needed to satisfy the requirements of a growing and more-demanding population. Crop irrigation uses more than 70 percent of available fresh water worldwide (Madramootoo and Fyles 2010), 73 percent in Nicaragua and 77 percent in Costa Rica (CIA 2014). Rainfed crop production is greatly affected by rainfall variability. Moreover, irrigated and rainfed agriculture are both affected by climate change as it increases the frequency and intensity of extreme events, like droughts and floods, and increases water demand from evapotranspiration. [More..]
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September 2016 President's Column
I write this as I sit mesmerized by ancient ruins on top of the hills overlooking the Colosseum in Rome. I think of all of the accomplishments brought about by this ancient civilization and reflect on how much humanity has changed and progressed over time. In particular, I consider how humans have depended on fisheries resources since the onset of early civilization and how aquaculture has played an increasingly important role in providing food security and nutrition to humans..... [more..]
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