World Aquaculture Society

World Aquaculture Society

The World Aquaculture Society was founded in 1969 as the World Mariculture Society. Since it’s beginning the membership in WAS has grown to more than 3,000 members in about 100 countries representing the global aquaculture community. In order to meet the expanding international nature of the Society and to address specific needs in various areas of the world, the WAS has created Chapters in the United States, Japan, Korea, Latin American and Caribbean region and the Asian-Pacific region.

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143 J. M. Parker Coliseum , Louisiana State University , Louisiana 70803 USA

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Aquaculture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

The WAS is associated with other aquaculture associations such as the Aquaculture Association of Canada, Aquaculture Association of South Africa, Aquaculture without Frontiers, Asian Fisheries Society, Brazilian Society of Aquaculture and Aquatic Biology, China Society of Fisheries, Egyptian Aquaculture Society, European Aquaculture Society, Indonesian Aquaculture Society, Korean Aquaculture Society, Malaysian Fisheries Society, Society of Aquaculture Professionals (India) and Spanish Society of Aquaculture. Through its diverse membership and international networks, the WAS provides leadership for enhanced international communications, collaboration and information exchange. The World Aquaculture Society is a dynamic organization capable of responding to change and is recognized for its professional credibility in aquaculture science, technology and education.

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.

Harvesting hatched ArtemiaThe 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.  In order to meet the challenges of the future, WAS has a long-term vision and mission priorities with a renewed 'Commitment to Excellence.'

HarvestThe 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 Meetings of the World Aquaculture Society are recognized as the premier aquaculture conferences and exhibitions bringing together a wide variety of aquaculturists from the commercial, academic and government sectors.

Was Vision
The World Aquaculture Society, through its commitment to excellence in science, technology, education, and information exchange, will contribute to the progressive and sustainable development of aquaculture throughout the world.

Was Mission Priorities
The World Aquaculture Society is organized for educational and scientific purposes to:

  • Promote the educational, scientific, and technological development and advancement of aquaculture throughout the world.
  • Gather and disseminate technical and other information on aquaculture worldwide.
  • Hold meetings for the presentation, exchange, and discussion of information, findings, and experiences on all subjects and techniques related to aquaculture.
  • Encourage the teaching of all phases of aquaculture and the training of aquaculturists.
  • Encourage aquaculture research, development and education activities by government agencies, both national and international, and private.