African aquaculture will be under the spotlight when the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) convenes for its first ever annual international conference on the continent.
The conference will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa from 26 to 30 June and is co-organized by the WAS, with the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa and the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
“The conference will balance global, African and other regional perspectives with technical and scientific programmes and diverse parallel sessions catering to the broad range of scientific, technical, business and policy interests in aquaculture,” the organisers said.
AS will also host a meeting to launch the WAS Africa Chapter, “representing the coming of age of African aquaculture and a significant milestone for the global aquaculture community.” The World Aquaculture Society is a global voluntary association promoting aquaculture, particularly through information dissemination and networking.
The theme of the conference is “Sustainable Aquaculture – New Frontiers for Economic Growth – Spotlight on Africa” in order draw attention to the potential the sector has to enhance economic development and investment opportunities in Africa.
According to Prof Peter Britz, aquaculture production in Africa is poised for sustained growth over the next two decades to meet the growing shortfall in African fish supply.
“Sub–Saharan Africa’s vast inland waters and coastlines – home to a small but rapidly growing aquaculture sector – present a largely untapped opportunity to contribute to the nutrition and socio-economic development needs of the continent.”
He said the continent can arguably be the “last great frontier” for aquaculture development due to the combination of market opportunities, economic factors and environmental conditions.
The conference consists of an Africa session, with several speakers from key industries, a trade show featuring 90 exhibitors, as well as 70 conference sessions and a student programme.
Anyone interested in attending the event can go to the following link for more information.