Aquaculture will have to play an increasingly important role in meeting the global demand for fisheries products as the world population continues to expand and fisheries stocks approach their biological limits. Although world aquaculture production reached an all time high of 28.8 million metric tons valued at $45.4 billion (US$) in 1997, aquaculture production will have to expand at least two fold to meet world demand for fisheries products by the year 2025. Aquaculture will also play an important role in economic and community development throughout the world as the world moves to a more global economy.
The progressive development and expansion of aquaculture will be dependent on the generation, dissemination, and adoption of knowledge and technology consistent with broad societal, national and international goals. As aquaculture production expands to meet the global demand for fisheries products, it is essential that efficient and environmentally sustainable production systems be developed and utilized.
The World Aquaculture Society (WAS) is strategically positioned to play an important role in assuring the progressive development of aquaculture worldwide by meeting the increased global demand for science based information and technology. Through its diverse membership and international networks, WAS can provide leadership for enhanced international communication, collaboration and information exchange. WAS is a dynamic organization capable of responding to change and is recognized for its professional credibility in aquaculture science, technology, and education.
In order to meet the challenges of the future, it is essential that WAS develop a vision for the future with a renewed "Commitment to Excellence."
The World Aquaculture Society, through this commitment to excellence in science, technology, education, and information exchange, will endeavor to contribute to the progressive and sustainable development of aquaculture throughout the world. The Annual Meeting of the World Aquaculture Society is recognized as the premier aquaculture conference and exhibition bringing together a wide variety of aquaculturists from the commercial, academic and government sectors.
In addition to the WAS Annual meeting, WAS organises or sponsors a range of meetings to cover specific topics or needs. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity for those who are unable to attend the Annual meeting.
The WAS also publishes the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, a quarterly scientific journal which contains high quality, peer-reviewed, scientific papers covering the range of aquaculture topics and the magazine World Aquaculture which provides a quarterly source of articles on aquaculture and news of interest to WAS members.