The 6th Chinese abalone symposium was held on December 19, 2015, in Dongshan County, Fujian Province, with the theme of “Abalone industry on the Internet Plus Age”. “Internet Plus” is the Chinese hottest topic in 2015, as the Premier Li Keqiang put forward his “Internet Plus” strategy on annual session of the National People's Congress. The strategy focuses on internet-powered start-ups and how new technology can be applied to boost efficiency on traditional sectors.
This symposium was hosted by Xiamen University and Ministry of Agriculture. There were 8 scholars and experts being invited to give the keynote speech. About 150 representatives from research and industry, including some Taiwan, Hong kong and Singapore participants, attended this annual abalone symposium.
“According to FAO data, China accounted for 93% of the world’s abalone production.” Ke Caihuan, the professor of Xiamen University, introduced the status quo and conundrum of Chinese abalone industry to all participants, “However, compared to the huge quantities, the quality problem is much more serious.” He also officially announced the news that Xiamen will hold the next International abalone symposium in 2018 and welcome all of the participants to attend the great events in 2 more years later.
In the subsequent 7 speeches, other experts put forward several interesting topics and ideas respectively, such as E-commerce about abalone, Internet of Things (IoT) techniques on abalone aquaculture, function of abalone association, how to apply ASC certificate. Finally, the symposium came to a successful end with the productive open discussion part. All participants had a lively discussion about “How to improve the development of Chinese abalone industry with the help of the Internet related techniques?”, “What’s the significance of the global aquaculture certification?”, “How to facilitate the brand and quality of Chinese abalone?”, “How to hold the fantastic IAS meeting in 2018?”, etc.
As roughly estimated, more than 100,000 persons are living on the abalone industry in China. All the participants hope that they can strive to find a way of healthy and sustainable development on abalone industry in future.
The 9th International Abalone Symposium was one of the best we have ever had. We are most grateful to the Organizing Committee for providing us the opportunity to share information on every topic of abalone biology, fisheries and aquaculture, in such an exciting and friendly atmosphere.
The MVL hotel at Yeosu was the perfect venue, offering the convenience of developing all the program and social activities in the same place. The abalone cook-off festival during coffee breaks was a new and delicious experience in these abalone meetings. The Korean Organizing Committee did an excellent job to keep everything running smoothly and a wonderful photo gallery is now available in the official symposium website http://www.ias2015.co.kr/html/ .
This symposium attracted almost 300 participants, including delegates, students, exhibitors, visitors and accompanying persons, from 15 countries. The special session on country updates, organized and chaired by IAS past-President, Prof. Peter Cook, who provided us with a clear picture of the global abalone fisheries and aquaculture production and the potential challenges for the development of these industries. This was only one of the many important functions performed by Prof. Cook. The field trip to Wando, the main abalone-producing area of Korea, was the perfect finale. We, scientists and producers from around the world, were very impressed by the spectacular planning, organization and development of abalone culture in this country.
The 10th International Abalone Symposium will be held in Xiamen, China, in 2018. We congratulate Dr. Weiwei You, not only for his excellent biding proposal, but also for being elected as the incoming Secretary of our Society. At Yeosu, we honored those who have made outstanding contributions to abalone research and service to the IAS. These were:
Prof. Caihuan Ke, Xiamen University, who was the recipient of the IAS Medal for his outstanding contributions to abalone research.
Prof. Laura Rogers-Bennett, Bodega Bay Marine Lab, recipient of the IAS Life Membership Award, for her commitment to abalone research and management and long service to the IAS.
Finally, I want to congratulate Prof. Peter Britz for successfully leading our IAS for the last six years and to express my personal gratitude for his advice and friendship.
Best wishes for this 2016 and see you all at Xiamen in 2018!
An adjunct Professor with The University of Western Australia has been appointed to an international body charged with transforming the rapidly growing aquaculture industry into a sustainable and socially responsible solution to the world food problem.Professor Peter Cook, of UWA’s Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, has been elected to the board of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council and as Chair of the council’s technical advisory committee. Professor Cook was formerly Head of Department of Zoology at U.C.T. Professor Cook, an internationally recognised abalone expert, is the only Australian representative on the council, which was founded in 2010 under the auspices of the World Wildlife Fund.
The Netherlands-based council’s mission is to set global environmental and social standards for the aquaculture industry. It aims to be the world’s leading certification and labelling program for responsibly farmed seafood.Aquaculture has been criticised in the past for damaging the environment, but with the world population expected to grow to 9.1 billion by 2050 and natural fisheries under pressure, it is increasingly seen as a critical part of the food supply.
Professor Cook said with the world’s growing appetite for seafood and most natural fisheries already over-exploited and unable to expand, sustainably farmed seafood was going to be the only solution.“We are now more or less at the maximum sustainable yield of ocean-harvested fish,” Professor Cook said. “There may be some less desirable species that haven’t been exploited which might be possible to exploit a bit more, but realistically we are virtually at the point where we can’t get any more fish out of the sea.“The natural solution is to increase the fish via aquaculture. That’s going to happen whatever the protagonists say – it’s just not possible to stop it. So our task is, if it’s going to increase, let’s increase it in an environmentally sustainable way rather than letting it happen without the environmental controls that need to be there.”
Professor Cook’s appointment is intended to give the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, currently dominated by members from Europe and the USA, a wider geographical representation. He said that while he was not on the council to represent Australasia as such, he would ensure Australian and New Zealand interests were adequately represented. The appointment follows an announcement earlier this year by WA Fisheries Minister Norman Moore that WA commercial fisheries supplying wild-caught seafood would work towards accreditation from the international Marine Stewardship Council. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council said it hoped aquaculture would follow a similar route. Professor Cook is a past president of the International Abalone Society and author or co-author of more than 100 publications in scientific and popular literature. His main research interests have involved the biology of mariculture species such as mussels, oysters and abalone.