WINSC report on Western Australia14 by Mary Brewer
From the 7th to 12th June 2014 the World Aquaculture Society conducted its Conference in Adelaide, the first to be held in Australia.
There were 2108 delegates from 66 countries attending the Conference, which ran 81 sessions, five concurrently, covering topics as varied as Environment, Biodiversity & Climate Change to Post Harvest Technologies. A list is below and more information can be gleaned from the program on the Western Australia14 website: http://www.aquaculture.org.au/2014_program_info.htm
Of particular interest to WINSC members were the sessions on Women in Aquaculture where various speakers explained their projects and results. It was unfortunate that WINSC did not submit a paper for consideration, however, we gleaned valuable knowledge about the process required for submitting papers and the timeframes that need to be met. Once we have some projects up and running then a discussion of these should give us more support.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck launched the National Aquaculture Statement when he opened the Conference saying:
“The National Aquaculture Statement demonstrates commitment from the Australian Government along with state and territory governments and industry, for the growth of an efficient, innovative and sustainable domestic aquaculture industry. I would like to acknowledge state and territory governments for their active engagement in this process.”
“Australian aquaculture is open for business and this is an invitation to join us as we continue to supply high quality, sustainably sourced seafood now and into the future.”
“The way forward is to make sure we continue to work together to provide an effective and efficient regulatory environment that supports industry growth, encourages investment, maintains performance and manages biosecurity risk.”
As part of this strategy the Department of Agriculture will examine the existing marine pest biosecurity arrangements, assess the cost effectiveness of preventing and eradicating marine pests and seek expert recommendations to improve the current monitoring framework.
As an integral part of the Conference a Trade Show was held which attracted many interested delegates. WINSC shared a booth with a delightful young American New Zealander named Darrin Abraham from Clean-Flo, who was a wealth of knowledge and was very helpful with our booth.
Womanned by Mary Brewer, Karen Holder, Eva Marinopoulos and Julii Tyson the booth was a great success gaining exposure for WINSC on a scale heretofore unknown.
We met people from all over the world, all of whom were very interested in what we were trying to achieve. We collected lots of contacts who are interested in receiving our newsletter and from whom we may be able to get further support.
We also gained four new members and hopefully all those who took our membership forms away will join when they get home.
Perhaps more importantly we received some very wise advice on where we should go with our projects and how we should proceed as an organisation to garner the profile we seek.
Much discussion and considerable commitment will be needed if we intend to proceed down this track. Issues to be raised may include exactly what sort of a status are we seeking, what the implications will be for the WINSC Board and its governance and what sort of a supporting role will be required by the Board to fulfil the expected increased time commitments.
We may have to be careful what we wish for!
Another enormous benefit of WINSC members being at Western Australia14 was the opportunity to mull over together many of the issues that we face as women and as a seafood community. Meeting with so very many like minded people also renewed our sense of purpose, as it is often difficult to retain this when faced with the demands of the everyday.
The projects that we discussed (as in our Strategic Plan) were extremely well received and although we have missed out on funding opportunities for this round of FRDC funds this may be to our benefit as we should be able to present a more polished application early next year. Perhaps these should be a priority at the AGM.
We also had great feedback from Jill Briggs. One of her current NSILP groups are actually looking at a primary school version of resource materials on the seafood industry and they are willing to share these with us.
Now it is up to us to chase up the many contacts we made and keep in touch with them in a positive way to ensure that the impetus we gained is not lost.
Session Topics :
Environment, Biodiversity & Climate Change,
Physiology, Morphology & Histology
both Marine and Freshwater Fish Culture
Breeding & Genetics
Hatchery & Larvae Management
Drugs and Chemotherapeutics
Water Quality and Usage
Post Harvest Technologies,
Molluscs and Crustaceans,
Aquaculture Economics & Management,
Seaweeds and Algae Ornamentals
Amphibian and Reptile Aquaculture
Emerging Species in Aquaculture
Education, Extension & Technology Transfer
Pacific & Indigenous Aquaculture
Emerging Issues in Aquaculture Development
Information Technology in Aquaculture
Your Career in Aquaculture (student session)
Women in Aquaculture
Climate Change Ready – management strategies for the future
Oceanography and Aquaculture
Amoebic Gill Disease (AGD): international research status
Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) of Shrimp/Prawns
Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS)
Technical Advances for Finfish Cage Culture
Harmful Algal Blooms
Improving Energy Efficiency in Aquaculture Operations
Branding & Marketing – What works for me?
Social Licence to Operate
Post-harvest Product Quality
Emerging Industries: New and Upcoming Species and Farming Techniques,
Communication – Media and Social Media