Announcement and Call for Papers:
The Sixth International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture will be held at the Philippines International Convention Center and the Westin Philippine Plaza in Manila. The ISTAs are held every four years and are the only international conference devoted to this rapidly growing industry. Past symposia have highlighted the advances in various regions of the world, and now after 16 years it will return to Asia.
ISTA 6 will be hosted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Philippines Department of Agriculture. Other major sponsors include the Aquaculture CRSP, the World Aquaculture Society, Schering-Plough Aquaculture, Global Aquaculture Alliance, and FYD International. Central Luzon State University and the University of Arizona will assist with planning and organization.
Dr. Remedios B. Bolivar
Freshwater Aquaculture Center
Central Luzon State University
Munoz, Nueva Ecija 3120
Phone: (044) 456-0681; (044) 456-0680
Fax: (044) 456-0681
Please submit manuscripts in electronic file form. Microsoft Word for PC is the preferred format. Additional conference details and author instructions are available at <http://ag.arizona.edu/azaqua/ista/announce2.htm>.
The focus of the meeting will be the exploding trade in tilapia products and the role of Asia, and especially the Philippines, as a center of advancement in technology as well as production for the international markets. The conference will include technical presentations, producer workshops, an industry trade show, and farm tours.
Social events will include a welcome reception at the Westin Plaza with its spectacular location on Manila Bay across the street from the Convention Center. It will also include a dinner at Intramedios, the magnificently restored old city with its forts, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Proceedings of the ISTAs have been one of the most important sources of information on tilapia aquaculture and the advances in the science and industry over the last 20 years. This tradition will continue with the Proceedings being prepared in book and electronic form. Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts to:
Announcement: Latin American Tilapia Workshop
The Aquaculture CRSP recently received notice of the First Latin America Tilapia Workshop to be held 811 June 2004 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The theme of this exciting event is the Present Situation on Technology, Development and Market Perspectives for Tilapia and Byproducts.
The four-day workshop offers a unique opportunity for participants to share experiences, knowledge, and publications with top tilapia specialists from throughout the Americas, including members of the Latin American Association of Tilapia Producers (LAATP).
The workshop comprises five sections in which speakers will present topics that represent priorities of the LAATP. Each section will be chaired by a special guest who is a recognized professional in the tilapia sector.
The sections are:
~Genetics and Reproduction;
~ New Reproduction Technologies;
~Pathology and Aquafarming Health;
~Processing and Marketing; and
~Norms and Financing for the Sector.
Each section will include participants reporting on their own research, state-of-the-art technology, statistics, and the current status of tilapia production in their native country or region. To date, colleagues from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States, France, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela have confirmed their attendance.
The cost of the workshop is $250 (members) or $300 (non-members), and $1,000 for exhibitors with a display booth. Mexican nationals with State and Federal Government affiliations will be able to attend at a cost of $150, subject to availability. Small and medium producers and Mexican technicians working in the private sector or for FIRA will be eligible for assistance.
The workshop will be held at the Hotel Plaza Pelicanos in Puerto Vallarta. The hotel offers a preferred rate for groups booking in advance. Participants without reservations will be subject to room availability at the regular rate. Alternatively, other hotels are nearby.
Only registered participants can take advantage of the hotel's all-inclusive plan. This includes room (with air-conditioning, telephone, and en suite bathroom) and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Complimentary drinks and afternoon snacks are offered. Hotel amenities include nightly stage shows, four bars, two restaurants, and two snack bars. Additionally, guests have a full range of activities to choose from during the day.
Please direct all correspondence regarding the event, including registration, to the event coordinators:
Luis Fernando Castillo
Phone: (00572) 5142483
Fax: (00572) 5564855
Phone/Fax: (52-33) 36322355, 36322201, or 36314057