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The International Abalone Society (IAS) is an international forum, intended to promote research on abalone; facilitate the distribution of information on abalone; promote cooperation between abalone researchers and members of the abalone industry; and to recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations by the award of IAS International awards.

UPDATE - June 2022
After a delay of two years due to the pandemic, we will finally be hosting the XI International Abalone Symposium (in person only) from February 27 to March 2, 2023 (with optional field trips on March 3-5) in Auckland, New Zealand. So save the dates and we would love to see you there...

The 10th IAS symposium was held in Xiamen, China from 8 - 12 May, 2018. Official conference website here >>>

The Pattaya symposium venue provided an opportunity for the third WWF Abalone Dialogue aimed at developing a standard for certifying sustainable abalone aquaculture. The dialogue was well attended, and included industry representatives, aquaculture researchers, and abalone ecologists and aquatic health experts. Under the guidance of WWF's Colin Brannen and colleagues, the mix of skills made for meaningful inputs and laid the foundation for a draft standard. The steering committee responsible for drafting the abalone aquaculture standard was expanded, and is expected to meet to finalise a draft in early 2010.

For more information click here >>>

Global standards addressing the potential negative impacts of abalone farming on the environment and society have been finalized by the Abalone Aquaculture Dialogue. You can access the full standards here.

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