World Aquaculture Society News
WA 2015 Travel Grant Selection Finalized
Three well deserving female candidates are now planning their trip to Jeju as a result of this excellent competition but regrettably many other excellent applicants missed out.
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..]
Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop
We are excited to announce that Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems will again partner with the World Aquaculture Society to deliver an Aquaponics Technology & Design short course at the World Aquaculture show. The Commercial Aquaponics Workshop is designed to introduce participants to the technicalities and engineering requirements of integration and hydroponic plant cropping whilst heavily relying on and integrating with the recirculating aquaculture section to deliver the realities of fish keeping and production using correct and established engineering principals. Reservations are essential and only accepted with payment to World Aquaculture 2015.
Online registration can be found at www.was.org for $30 USD. [More..]
Conference Submission Pages Now Automatically TranslatedWAS is pleased to announce that our abstract submission and conference registration pages can now be translated into languages other than English. The World Aquaculture Society is truly a global organization with members in countries across the globe. The language of our conferences is generally English but we know that many other languages are spoken by our members. In an effort to aid the users of our web site we are deploying, in stages, Microsoft's Bing Translator on our sites. Where it has been deployed, Bing Translator can do an automatic translation of the page content from English to French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese and many others. (Including Klingon for all you Star Trek fans.) Look for the "Translate this page" drop down in the upper right of a page to perform the translation. This feature is currently only on the meeting pages, but will be working its way into more areas soon.
Nos complace anunciar el primer ejemplar del mundo acuícola Magazine en Español
Nuestro capítulo latinoamericano ha asumido la tarea de traducir World acuícola Magazine en español para todos nuestros miembros de hablando españolas. Por favor revise este nuevo beneficio de membresía.
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..]
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March 2015 President's Column
I write this on my long flight home from another successful WAS conference, Aquaculture America, held in New Orleans (Feb 20-22). This conference was well attended, with nearly 2000 participants, and a strong and diverse program. Particularly encouraging was the strong student representation, evidenced by the exceptionally well-attended student reception. (I counted nearly 200 students at the event.) The US Chapter of WAS (USAS) focuses heavily on student events as it recognizes students as the future of the Society and a driver for future growth. Throughout WAS, we try to invest in engaging students through sponsorship, awards and student-targeted events. I would particularly like to acknowledge the contributions of Chris Green, who works hard as Chair of the WAS Student Activities Committee to facilitate a wide range of creative student awards and events [more..]
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