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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

31/05/2017: World Aquaculture 2017

Logo of World Aquaculture 2017 - credit to the World Aquaculture society
 Welcome to World Aquaculture 2017 - the first international conference and exposition of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) to be held on the African continent at the Cape Town International Convention Centre June 26-30, 2017.

 This year’s annual meeting is co-organised by WAS with the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa (AASA) and the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).  On behalf of the World Aquaculture Society, its chapters and our co-hosts, it is our pleasure to welcome you Cape Town, South Africa.  We hope you enjoy and benefit from the conference, the trade show, and spend time enjoying the culture, history and incredible natural beauty that Cape Town has to offer.

 Sponsors
 World Aquaculture 2017 has attracted wide sponsorship and support from African development institutions including the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the African Union and NEPAD, and the WorldFish Centre.  The industry Gold Sponsor is the Aller Aqua group from Denmark which has made significant investment and commitment to developing the aquafeed industry in Africa. 

 Conference Theme
 The conference theme, “Sustainable Aquaculture – New Frontiers for Economic Growth – Spotlight on Africa” highlights the potential of aquaculture production to support economic development and investment opportunities in Africa - the world’s second fastest growing regional economy.   

 Africa Session
 We are pleased to present a five-day program entitled “Spotlight on Africa” that include an opening ceremony plenary address by Guinean President Alpha Condé, Chairman of the African Union and African Union special ambassador for aquaculture.   On the first full-day of the conference, two plenary addresses will be given: Dr. Rohanna Subasinghe, former chief of Aquaculture for FAO, will speak on “Feeding the Nine Billion: the Role of Aquaculture” followed by Dr. Sloans Chimatiro, Acting Country Director with WorldFish Zambia, speaking on “African Perspectives on Aquaculture”.  In recognition of the early developmental stage of African Aquaculture, special sessions on Developing African Aquaculture Value Chains, Financing African Aquaculture and African Aquaculture Policy Day will be presented by the African Union, NEPAD, World Bank and WorldFish. 

 Trade Show 
 Our trade show will feature over 90 exhibitors and the WAS Scientific Program at the conference features 70 sessions that will be conducted over four days, covering a diverse array of aquaculture-related topics and speakers, as well as a dedicated poster session.

 World Aquaculture Society- Africa Chapter Launch
 Representing the coming of age of African aquaculture and a significant milestone for the global aquaculture community, WAS will host a meeting to launch the formation of a WAS Africa Chapter on Tuesday afternoon following the Spotlight on Africa program. Be sure to join us for this important organisational to form the African Chapter of WAS.

 Student Programme
 For students, we will host a special tour of the DAFF Marine Research Aquarium, the Student Spotlight Presentations and awards, special seminars, and the student reception and a social event.  Of course there will be many social events (Welcome reception, Student reception, President’s reception, and Happy hours) that are important occasions to network with new and old friends from around the world.  Be sure to participate in the Farm tours, which will highlight South Africa’s Aquaculture Industry. On behalf of the World Aquaculture Society, we want to thank and recognise the Steering and Program Committee members for the many years of work that went into organising this event.  Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable conference.

Kevan L. Main, Roger Krohn & Siphokazi Ndudane – WA17 Steering Committee Co-Chairs 
Maria Haws, Peter Britz & Michael Schwarz – WA17 Program Committee Co-Chairs


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