Aquaculture at AAAS 2004
CRSP researcher Joseph Molnar, Auburn University, is the organizer of a special aquaculture session at this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Seattle, Washington. The session, ÒAquaculture: Recent Advances in Fish Culture, Breeding and the Mitigation of Environmental Impact,Ó will be held in the afternoon of Saturday, 14 February 2004.
With over a quarter of the fish consumed worldwide already being raised in ponds or tanks (mostly in China), an international debate grows over questions as to whether the aquaculture industry can really take fishing pressure off the worldıs oceans. Vast expanses of coastal shrimp ponds dominate coastlines in Thailand and Ecuador; net cage operations now supply most the worldıs salmon along the shores of Norway, Chile, and British Columbia. With a growing world population and marine fisheries in decline, fisheries experts have long hoped that aquaculture might one day take up the slack. Knowledge of
fish genomes may facilitate the inheritance of economically important traits, determine genotype and environment interactions, develop breeding strategies for improving reproduction, accelerate growth, and improve feed efficiency.
Feeds for many farmed species generally contain high levels of fishmeal from species generally not used for human consumption. New approaches to feeding will ensure that fishmeal is used more sparingly to improve the economic sustainability of aquaculture. In most producer countries, farmed shrimp is almost entirely an export crop and it is also a very important source of foreign exchange. Over one-third of the shrimp consumed worldwide is now raised in ponds like those that nearly define the Gulf of Thailand eastern coastline. Mangrove destruction and aquaculture effluents have created many environmental problems, particularly during periods of rapid expansion of new industries. While some maintain that the aquaculture industries have matured, others maintain that many problematic practices continue. The symposium will feature discussion from speakers with diverse views of aquacultural development, focusing on how scientific advances may
enhance its prospects and mitigate its pitfalls.
Confirmed speakers and their presentations include:
John Liu, Auburn University, "Mapping the Catfish Genome: DNA Marker Technologies, Linkage Mapping and Functional Analysis."
Chhorn Lim, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service, "New Directions in Fish Feeds and Feeding: Long Term Implications." Claude E. Boyd, Auburn University, "Overcoming the Environmental Barriers to Aquacultural Development."
Mark Prein, WorldFish Center, "The Growing Significance of Aquaculture in World Food Security."
Nguyen Thanh Phuong, Can Tho University, "Shrimp Farming in Vietnam: An Overview."
Announcement and Call for Papers: IIFET 2004 Conference
The International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) has issued its second call for abstracts for our next biennial conference, IIFET 2004 Japan: What are Responsible Fisheries?
Conference topics on a wide variety of seafood markets, fishery management, and aquaculture-related issues will attract the worldıs foremost fisheries economists from academia, industry, government management agencies, and international agencies. Seafood processing, marketing, and consumption issues, medical and ornamental substances from the sea, and international seafood trade issues will be covered, as well as policy issues including capacity reduction, fishery management by cooperatives, ecosystems approaches to man
agement, and bio-economic models.
The conference will be held at the Tokyo University of Fisheries, 26-29 July 2004. Additional options will include a pre-conference professional tour 21-23 July visiting fishery management/marketing cooperatives, and 24 July visiting Tsukiji market and other links in the Japanese seafood market chain in Tokyo, plus a post-conference symposium.
Please consider submitting an abstract and/or joining us as an audience member. Anyone with an interest in the economics of fisheries and aquaculture is welcome to participate. A limited amount of funding will be available to provide grants to individuals from developing countries who submit abstracts for presentation on aquaculture-economics related topics.
IIFET is an international professional association open to anyone with an interest in the economic aspects of fisheries management, seafood markets, and aquaculture. Our primary goal is to
provide a neutral international forum for the exchange of information, ideas, data, and solutions, among individuals from academia, industry, government, and international organizations. For more information on IIFET, or to join, please visit <http://oregonstate.edu/Dept/IIFET>.