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Speakers and site visits announced for Taiwan aquaculture event

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Aquaculture innovation, sustainability and food safety is set to be the main theme, and the theme of the first plenary speaker’s talk, at the forthcoming Asian-Pacific Aquaculture event, which is taking place at Taipei International Convention Centre, Taiwan on 24-26 April.

The talk will be delivered by Dr Ching Fong Chang, President of the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) and co-chair of APA18, which is being organised by the Asian-Pacific Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society. The second plenary speaker is Dr Wang Qingyin, President of the China Fisheries Society, and Senior Researcher at the Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute (CAFS). The title of his presentation is “Green Development: A Rational Approach to Sustainable Aquaculture”

“It is well known that China has achieved great progress in the field of aquaculture in the past three decades, but many problems or challenges are forcing the industry to search for more scientifically developing approaches for a sustainable development,” explain the event organisers. “Dr Wang hopes to take this opportunity to present some new progress in this aspect.”

Dr Wang has been working on genetics and breeding of maricultural organisms and maricultural technologies since the early 1980s, with a focus on the selective breeding and genetic improvement of new varieties with traits such as faster growth rate and disease resistance in farming shrimps. He has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles and 20 books as chief editor on breeding and mariculture relevant themes. His research on the breeding of the Huanghai No. 1 variety of shrimp (Fenneropenaeus chinensis) and healthy farming technology was awarded a National Science &Technology Invention Award of China in 2007.

APA18 delegates are able to visit Sin Chang Koi farm

Tradeshow and site visits

In addition to the conference, APA18 will also include a tradeshow with over 100 booths. There will also be a chance to take part in site tours in the area, with options including You Shen Koi Farm; Sing Chang Koi Farm; King Car shrimp farm; the aquaculture facilities at NTOU; the National Museum of Marine Science & Technology (NMMST) and even Taiwan’s first whisky distillery, Kavalan Whisky.

The organisers note that the deadline for the submission of papers for presentations at APA18 is January 31. Late abstract submission will be approved on a case-to-case basis upon decision of the programme and session chairs. All abstracts should be submitted through the WAS website.

WAS-APC Awards

WAS-APC is offering a number of awards for this year’s event. The three award categories are:

  • Pre-conference Student Travel Awards – the best three abstracts will be awarded US $400 to support their travel to APA18.
  • Presentation/poster awards for students - evaluated during the conference, the best two presentations will be awarded $600 and $400, as will the best two posters.
  • Travel Award for exceptional women working within aquaculture – two $600 prizes plus free registration to APA conference. Evaluated on submission.

For more details on the awards, contact