Asian Fisheries Society

E-Newsletter December 2013
12 Feb, 2014


I wish all Members a very Happy, Healthy and Productive 2014.

During 2013 impressive progress has been made by the Society in all its functions as detailed in this newsletter. AFS in collaboration with its partners through AsiaPacific-Fishwatch launched the first profile of one of the commercially important fishes of Asia-Pacific viz., Skipjack tuna. The information provided is authentic as it has been reviewed by concerned experts. AFS welcomes feedback from members and experts and collaboration of interested partners in coming up with profiles of many other commercially important species.

The Indian Branch and Taiwan Branch have organised conferences during the period details of which could be seen in the issue. Three important conferences are scheduled during this year: (i) Tenth Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (10ifaf) scheduled for 12-15 in Lucknow, India; (ii) In conjunction with 10ifaf, it is planned to organise 5th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF5) during 12-15 November 2014, in Lucknow, India. GAF5 aims to be a vital platform for examining the progress towards achieving gender equality in aquaculture and fisheries; and (iii) The Fish Health Section (FHS) of the Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) has scheduled its 9th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA9) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 24-28 November 2014. Founded in 1989, FHS has been very active and with disease becoming a major issue in aquaculture (e.g. the recent outbreak of EMS (Early Mortality Syndrome) that has crippled the shrimp industry), the triennial conference organised by FHS is gaining importance.

The Editor and Editorial Board of the journal needs to be congratulated for bringing out the journal on time and also for reducing the time for processing and publishing the manuscripts from 8 months to around 5 months and making the journal more visible. More members should take the opportunity to publish their research results in the journal.

The newsletter also provides a list of conferences/symposia to take place in the next 12 months.

I look forward to more contributions to the newsletter from the Members.

Dr M.V. Gupta

E-Newsletter December 2013