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Editor’s Note – Black Swans and Aquaculture

A Black Swan is an event that is rare, unpredictable and has profound and disruptive impacts, something random with a large deviation from normal. The current global disease pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus is an exemplary Black Swan event. An influential book published in 2007 on the subject of Black Swans, written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, was subtitled “the impact of the highly improbable.” In 2012, the US National Intelligence Council published Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds that identified eight Black Swans, with a severe pandemic disease outbreak topping the list. New terms like flattening the infection curve and social distancing have entered popular lexicon. [More..]

The successes of the reinvigoration and the vision for the next four years

The Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS) is a special publication among the aquaculture literature. It is a scientific journal “devoted to the advancement of technological innovations and solutions to major issues facing the growth of global aquaculture.” It is also a society publication and represents the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) membership and the Society’s goals to disseminate high quality information, “focusing on global aquaculture science, growth of aquaculture industries, and development and growth of sustainable aquaculture enterprises of all scales.” The journal must therefore fulfill goals of scientific value and performance as well as satisfy the valid demands of the society membership. [More..]

Aquaculture in Hawai‘i – Ancient Traditions, Modern Innovation

Development of Hawai?i’s aquaculture industry was influenced early on by several key factors, beginning with the long history of aquatic farming by indigenous Hawaiians prior to Western contact. The ethnic diversity stemming from immigration, early investment in research and development and the availability of a wide range of species, systems and natural resources made Hawai?i a living laboratory for experimentation and innovation. The result today is a vibrant aquaculture landscape combining ancient and new practices. Dozens of animal and plant species have been successfully cultured and new technologies are constantly emerging. [More..]

Editor’s Note – The IPCC Paints a Gloomy Picture for the World’s Oceans

As a companion to the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land, discussed in my last editorial, a recent Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate has been released. Regarding the oceans, warming, deoxygenation and acidification are the major concerns. Overall, from the perspective of coastal aquaculture, the world’s oceans are becoming less hospitable places to grow fish. The report flatly states that “over the 21st century, the ocean is projected to transition to unprecedented conditions.” [More..]

The key role of functional aquafeeds to achieve a more sustainable aquaculture

Aquaculture’s unparalleled growth cannot be achieved at the expense of environmental and social responsibilities. Efficient policies and legal frameworks are needed to safeguard sustainable and equitable aquaculture development with generalized and improved socioeconomic benefits to players along the production and value chain.

The need to decrease the dependence on fish meal and fish oil in the formulation of suitable aquafeeds for cultured species (especially marine) has long been recognized by the aquaculture sector. The stagnation of world fisheries, along with the decreasing trend of fish captures destined for non-food uses (Food and Agriculture Organization, 2018), has prompted the aquafeed sector to explore alternative ingredients, either marine or land based. Although this search has often pointed toward a number of alternative protein sources, the sustainability of using such alternative ingredients has often been questioned. For instance, soy-based protein produc [More..]

Special Announcement

AA2020 Abstract Book Online Only

We no longer deliver the meeting abstracts to each attendee in any form. Instead users are encouraged to download the book of meeting abstracts as a pdf from our website. The link below will allow you to download the file to any device connected to the internet. [More..]

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March 2020 President’s Column

One of the primary benefits of WAS membership is access to our outstanding suite of publications. The Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, World Aquaculture magazine, and the WAS Book series all offer excellent information on a broad spectrum of aquaculture topics.  [more..]


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