THE first World Aquaculture Society (WAS) conference and exhibition to be held on the African continent will highlight the industry’s potential to support economic development and investment opportunities in the region.
The theme of World Aquaculture 2017, which takes place in Cape Town from June 26-30, is ‘Sustainable Aquaculture – New Frontiers for Economic Growth – Spotlight on Africa’.
The opening ceremony plenary address will be given by Guinean president Alpha Condé, chairman of the African Union and African Union special ambassador for aquaculture.
On the first full day of the conference, Dr Rohanna Subasinghe, former chief of aquaculture for the FAO, will speak on ‘Feeding the Nine Billion: the Role of Aquaculture’, followed by Dr Sloans Chimatiro, acting country director with WorldFish Zambia, who will talk about ’African Perspectives on Aquaculture’.
In recognition of the early developmental stage of African aquaculture, special sessions on developing value chains, financing African aquaculture, and policy will be presented by the African Union, NEPAD, World Bank and WorldFish.
The trade show will host more than 90 exhibitors, while the conference features 70 sessions conducted over four days, and covering a diverse array of aquaculture related topics and speakers. There will also be a dedicated poster session.
Representing the coming of age of African aquaculture and a significant milestone for the global aquaculture community, WAS will host a meeting to launch the formation of a WAS Africa Chapter on the Tuesday afternoon.
For students, there will be a tour of the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Marine Research Aquarium, the Student Spotlight Presentations and awards, special seminars, and the student reception.
Networking opportunities for all delegates include the welcome reception, president’s reception, and happy hours every evening. There will also be farm tours.
The event is co-organised by WAS with the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa (AASA) and DAFF.
It has attracted wide sponsorship and support from African development institutions including DAFF, the African Union and NEPAD, and the WorldFish Centre.
The industry Gold Sponsor is the Aller Aqua group from Denmark, which has made significant investment and commitment to developing the aquafeed industry in Africa.
World Aquaculture 2017 takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from June 26-30, 2017.