In just over a month, the 2nd International Ornamental Fish Trade and Technical Conference will begin in Sri Lanka, which is the sixth-largest supplier of ornamental fish to the global market. World trade in ornamental fish has become a billion-dollar industry, with total wholesale and retail values estimated at US$1 billion and $3 billion, respectively.
We've picked three other events within the next three months that are slated in February and March, including the International Conference on Marine Science & Aquaculture, whose goal is to demonstrate how science and new ideas can provide the best possible solutions to our ever-changing marine environment.
2nd International Ornamental Fish Trade and Technical Conference
February 8 – 10, 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka
The 2nd International Ornamental Fish Trade and Technical Conference will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, currently the sixth-largest supplier of ornamental fish to the global market, on February 8-10, 2017. The event's venue is the 5-star Kingsbury hotel, which is 35 minutes from the Bandaranayake International Airport.
Organised by Infofish, one of the FISHINFONetwork members, the event will comprise a two-day conference and one-day field trip to ornamental fish farms in the country. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues facing the global ornamental fish industry, including ways to increase production through capture and culture fisheries; introduction and breeding of exotic species; and health management and biosecurity measures.
The major pillar underpinning these discussions will be sustainability, in recognition of its importance in the management of stocks, and impact on the environment and social development. The conference will also highlight the latest developments in packaging and transportation, and changes in international market and trade patterns.
World trade in ornamental fish has become a billion-dollar industry, with total wholesale and retail values estimated at US$1 billion and $3 billion, respectively. Some 55% of the global market supplies originate from Asia, where the sector contributes significantly to the national economies of the countries involved.
More information can be found at http://infofish.org/v2/index.php/ornamental-2017.
Aquaculture America 2017
February 19 – 22, 2017
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Aquaculture America 2017 returns to one of the favourite tourist spots in the world for the only major national aquaculture conference and exposition held in the US. The US Aquaculture Society (formerly US Chapter of World Aquaculture Society) joins the National Aquaculture Association and the Aquaculture Suppliers Association in producing the annual Aquaculture America meetings. These sponsors are joined by the annual meetings of Aquacultural Engineering Society, American Tilapia Association, Striped Bass Growers Association, US Trout Farmers Association, US Shrimp Farming Association and other associations to make Aquaculture America 2017 the one meeting in the US that you shouldn't miss!
Aquaculture America 2017 will have the largest aquaculture trade show in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest anywhere in the world with nearly 200 booths. It will showcase the latest in products and services for the aquaculture industry. It is the place to visit current suppliers and make new contacts.
For more info, log on to http://bit.ly/2fRq64K.
7th Offshore Mariculture Conference Mexico
March 6 – 10, 2017
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
The conference will feature numerous informative case studies and include sessions on innovative feed solutions and cages, hatchery and research, opportunities for financing mariculture projects, investment opportunities and the logistics of setting up offshore.
Held in conjunction with Inapesca, Conapesca and Sepesca, this five-day event will take place in Hotel Coral & Marina located at Km. 103 #3421, Zona Playitas. It is organised by Mercator Media Limited, publishers of World Fishing and Aquaculture. It will include the latest legislation, investment and financing opportunities, together with the day-to-day practicalities of running an offshore business.
A day and a half will be devoted to technical visits to several fish farms to provide delegates with an insight into their inner workings.
The Offshore Mariculture Conference Mexico will examine the prospects for farming offshore in Mexico and practical solutions to issues around it. It will focus on the production of abalone, mussels and the offshore farming of marine fin fish.
For more details, log on to http://www.offshoremariculture.com/mexico.
International Conference on Marine Science & Aquaculture 2017
March 14 – 15, 2017
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
The theme for this year's International Conference on Marine Science & Aquaculture, or ICOMSA, is "New Frontier in Sustainable Marine Bioresources". This topic is of global relevance and is particularly important for a country such as Malaysia where marine ecosystem services play a significant role in socio-economic development, aquaculture industry is growing at a fast rate and seafood consumption is high.
The conference program will include papers dealing with overcoming the challenges through innovative solutions. The conference's goal is to demonstrate how science and new ideas can provide the best possible solutions to our ever-changing marine environment and address existing and evolving challenges that are critical for ocean ecosystem balance and sustainability of benefits we derive from ocean-based economies such as fisheries, aquaculture and ecotourism.
ICOMSA started in 2003 as the "Annual Seminar on Marine Science and Aquaculture" at Universiti Malaysia Sabah. It provided a platform to exchange knowledge about the marine ecosystem and development of aquatic food resources through sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. In 2014, this annual event was rebranded and is now known as the "International Conference on Marine Science and Aquaculture".
For more info on the conference, log on to http://www.ums.edu.my/ipmbv2/icomsa/index.html.