AwF making plans in Seattle

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Aquaculture without Frontiers is pleased to announce that it will hold an open meeting for all those people interested in sharing ideas for the future activities of the organisation.

Roy Palmer, Chief Executive, said “The meeting will take place between 4 and 6 pm on Sunday 9 February in Room 307 at Washington State Convention Center, Convention Place, Pike Street, Seattle, WA. John Forster, AwF Executive Chair, will be assisting to outline some of the current plans.”

“Additionally, there will be an AwF Session at the Aquaculture America 2014 Conference taking place on Wednesday 12 February from 1.30pm (Room 609) and that will feature Gleyn Bledsoe, Joseph Sullivan, Angela Caporelli, Antonio Garza de Yta, Scott Lindell and me.” continue reading…

Worldfish Center-logoSpeaking at the ‘Aquaculture 2013: To the Next 40 Years of Sustainable Global Aquaculture’ conference in Gran Canaria, Spain, Shakuntala Thislted, Worldfish, the ’1000 days’ project and discussed how aquaculture can contribute to giving children the best start in life and help raise a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The ’1000 days’ project promotes good nutrition for mother and child during the first 1000 days of life. The period covers the nine months during pregnancy and the first 0-24 months.

The good health and nutrition of a woman during pregnancy and breastfeeding can be linked to eating nutritious fish. Read more …

Shakuntala Thislted is an AwF Ambassador.

APA13-logoAquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) Executive Director, Roy Palmer said, “It is fantastic that we have so many excellent contributors for the AwF session at the Asian Pacific Aquaculture Conference and Trade Show scheduled from 10-13 December 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City. The conference emphasizes the need for the whole industry to take a more strategic approach to expansion with the theme ‘Positioning for Profit’ and we will attempt to show how aquaculture plays a role in alleviating poverty and malnutrition, which is a clear profit for society, through our aquaculture activities.”

The Session will be jointly chaired by AwF Founder Michael New, OBE and Roy Palmer and commences at 8:30 am on Friday 13 December as part of the World Aquaculture Societies Asian Pacific Chapter’s exciting conference at the Saigon Exhibition and Conference Centre. There are ten presentations in the session that concludes at the lunch break.  continue reading…

aquaculture2013_1000x130Around 400 participants joined last week’s meeting held in Las Palmas to mark the first four decades of the journal Aquaculture which continues to be the mainstream journal of the sector. This period parallels the rise of modern aquaculture and gave an opportunity to reflect on progress and celebrate the future. The conference was marked by the high quality of both oral and poster presentations and was designed around only two parallel oral sessions giving choice but also stimulating cross disciplinary discussion. This indeed was the theme of AwF Director Dave Little’s plenary where he reflected on what the various types of integrated research were and how they have been used in the field – the challenges and the successes. As supporters of research’s increasing demands for evidence of impact, some level of integration becomes inevitable; simple mono-disciplinary work rarely solves complex real world issues.  continue reading…

Intl-Aquafeed-Nov2013Our regular column in International Aquafeed magazine’s Nov-Dec 2013 issue contains an update about our first Aquaculture Learning Center (ALC) in Mexico written by AwF executive director Roy Palmer. To read it click here.

Aqua-Spark-logoA new innovative investment fund that addresses the planet’s health and food security while generating a high economic return through investing in AQUACULTURE.

Aqua-Spark is a global investment fund based in Utrecht, the Netherlands that makes investments in sustainable aquaculture businesses that generate investment returns, while creating positive social and environmental impact. The fund invests everywhere (no regional focus) in small to medium enterprises that are working, toward the production of safe, accessible fish and other marine life in a way that does not harm the health of the planet. For more info visit the new website.

The Aquaculture Communications Group (ACG) is pleased to announce that the multimedia proceedings of the Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) special session held during the World Aquaculture 2013 conference in Nashville, USA, are now available for viewing online; please click here.

The special session, containing 7 presentations by AwF Directors and Ambassadors, provides an overview of AwF activities past, present, and future with emphasis on the new business direction of developing a network of Aquaculture Learning Centers (ALCs).

AwF Executive Director Roy Palmer said, “Having the session presentations available on the Web for our sponsors and supporters to see and hear is fantastic! It provides us with a reach right round the world so that many more people can learn about the great work we are doing.”  continue reading…

McGill Conference on Global Food SecurityMcGill’s 6th Conference on Global Food Security took place in Montreal, Canada on 8-9  October 2013 with about 300 participants from Canada, USA, UK, Ethopia, Kenya, Haiti and numerous other nations in both developed and developing regions of the world. The theme of the conference this year was Strategies against Food Security and Hunger and began with a public lecture by Marco Ferroni, executive director of Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture in Switzerland, on the topic of Government and other Obstacles to Food Security: A Tale of Leadership and Cooperationcontinue reading…

aahm-logoAs we approach World Food Day (16 October), Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) is excited to announce that we have joined the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (AAHM).

AAHM Coordinator, Ms. Marie-Christine Laporte, said, “The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition is a forward-thinking global initiative that links like-minded organizations and institutions that are involved in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition provides a unique middle ground – a multi-stakeholder platform and forum where those who run top-down and bottom-up development initiatives can meet in a neutral and open environment, share ideas, learn from each other’s successes and lessons, and establish networks for supportive communication within countries, across national borders or with countries in distant parts of the world. We are very pleased to have a dedicated non-governmental aquaculture organization (NGO) to assist our partners and through them a devoted and effective aquaculture ‘hub’.”  continue reading…

Marine Science Magnet High School (www.marinesciencemagnet.org) located in Groton, CT, USA organized a successful fundraising event that garnered $500 for AwF.

Eric Litvinoff, the Aquaculture teacher at the school, is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He learned about AwF from one of his professors, Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce, and that information came to mind when he took up his teaching position at Marine Science Magnet H.S. Students at the school are encouraged to do community service, which is the purpose of the Interact Club. AwF came up during discussions by the club members about possible fundraising projects they could do. Consequently, Eric contacted AwF Director Dave Conley to discuss how the students could become involved.  continue reading…