President's Column - June 2023

Almost five months after World Aquaculture 2022 in Singapore, we met again at the Darwin conference, despite most of the regular Asian Pacific Chapter activities still being conducted online. However, we partnered with a few organizations on inperson events and planned a few physical conferences and workshops for 2023. The APC website was redesigned to enable more efficient communication, with updated content and more effective social media feeds. The APC partnered with an international Master Class titled “Advanced Nutrition and Feed Technology for 21st Century Aquaculture,” organized by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, from 17-21 April 2023. The plans for the next edition of the Aquaculture Innovation Ideation Challenge (AIIC) are progressing with more industry support. As part of the plans to strengthen our presence in the Asia Pacific region, we are planning several regional workshops on emerging technological issues. For example, a regional Workshop in Cambodia is being discussed with the Fisheries Administration under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, to be held in December 2023, which could be the first WAS-affiliated event in this emerging aquaculture country. We are following up on options for organizing a regional workshop in Nepal. During my visit to Kathmandu in April, this was discussed with the leaders of the Nepal Aquaculture Society. We plan to have a focused workshop on coldwater aquaculture in Kathmandu this year. We have also started planning for an APC technical workshop in Ho Chi Minh City in 2023, focused on improving the aquaculture industry’s competitiveness in Vietnam. These events will help the APC play a more proactive role in developing a shared collaborative platform of key industry players in Asia-Pacific aquaculture. The APC will collaborate with three international conferences in 2023. The 10th International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture will be organized in Bali, Indonesia, from 24-26 October 2023. This partnership will assist WAS-APC in expanding its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The 11th International Fisheries Symposium (IFS) 2023, organized by the ASEAN-Fisheries Education Network and hosted by AIT in Bangkok, Thailand, will be held from 22-24 November 2023. Partnering with the ASEAN-FEN, a network of over 20 universities offering fisheries and aquaculture programs in the ASEAN region, will be a valuable opportunity for the APC to connect with these universities. The Giant Prawn 2023 Conference, organized by AIT in Bangkok, will be a three-day conference from 27-29 November, focused on the aquaculture of freshwater prawns. WAS had previously associated with this conference when held in India (2011), Thailand (2017) and China (2019). The APC will continue to associate with this conference. To promote membership in the APC, we partnered with AIT to offer WAS membership for those attending the workshops organized by AIT. In this model, the APC collaborated with AIT in the recent Workshop on Aquaculture Nutrition and Feed Technology. The APC will work this way by partnering with various other workshops/ training programs planned by partner organizations this year. The APC is considering ways to help better students and young professionals find suitable careers. With this goal in mind, the APC will work with the South-East Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Student (SEAFAS) Association, formed in Indonesia and launched by Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. The next Asian-Pacific Aquaculture Conference (APA2024) will be hosted in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 11-14 June 2024. Let’s collaborate to make this conference even bigger. — Krishna Salin, President