Asian Fisheries Society

E-Newsletter December 2016
12 Jan, 2017


I wish all members and readers of this newsletter a very happy, healthy and productive 2017. Congratulations to all members of the 12 Council and I am sure under their guidance, AFS will see new heights in its activities. 2016 has seen the Society successfully organising the mega event – the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (11AFAF) in Bangkok. The large number of scientists attending and the large number of papers presented at the forum is a testimony to the importance of this triennial forum. In 2017, the Society and its branches are organising two important conferences: (i) International Conference on Advances in Fish Health 2017 (ICIFISH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during 4-6 April and (ii) 11th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (11IFAF) during November in Kochi, India.

Gender issues in fisheries and aquaculture are gaining importance and receiving attention of not only scientists, but also policy makers and administrators. The gender group in the Society under the leadership of Dr Meryl J Williams has been very active as evidenced by the record number of participants and presentations at 11 AFAF in Bangkok (17% of all presentations of 11AFAF) and publication of papers in special issues of Asian Fisheries Science Journal. The Society has rightly taken the decision to make the gender group as a Section of the Society – Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture Section of AFS (GAFS).

This newsletter also provides some information on recent developments in the sector, new publications and upcoming conferences/meetings.

Looking forward to a successful 2017 in terms of better management of fisheries and aquaculture.

Dr M.V. Gupta

e-newsletter dec 2016