For Immediate Release
August 13, 2018
Contact: Martha Wilson
AQUACULTURE: FARMING THE FUTURE
American Fisheries Society symposia delve deeper into modern aquaculture
(Atlantic City, NJ) August 13, 2018 – Fisheries scientists and professionals from around the country and around the world will gather in Atlantic City from August 19-23 for the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society (AFS). Aquaculture will be a primary focus, with presentations on breeding, rearing, and harvesting of aquatic organisms in freshwater, brackish, and marine environments. Some eight hours will be dedicated to exploring aquaculture policies, protections, and management.
“AFS has been a leader in the science, practice, and policy of aquaculture since our founding in 1870 as the American Fish Culturists’ Association. Aquaculture is a fundamental part of how we manage fisheries resources, recover imperiled species, and satisfy growing demand for seafood. The programming planned for AC is a continuation of our members’ work to make aquaculture effective, efficient, and aligned with the principles of natural resource stewardship,” said incoming AFS President Dr. Jesse Trushenski, who is an expert in aquaculture.
Dr. Daphne Munroe, leading scientist at the Rutgers University Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, explains why this science is crucial: “As aquaculture continues to grow, it is important that science and data collection keep pace. We are learning more and more about how to monitor and manage aquaculture, and we must ensure that we develop data-informed policies, backed up by the best possible science if we want to foster sustainable growth. Conversations like the ones we will have at AFS are one way that we as researchers, put our science in the hands of policy-makers and managers.”
Exact times and dates for each discussion can be found on the annual meeting website: www.afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org
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Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.