Thanks Xiamen for such a wonderful symposium!
June 2018

The 10th International Abalone Symposium, held at Xiamen, China, on May 8-12, 2018, was as great as it could be. We are very grateful to the Local Organizing Committee, led by Prof. Caihuan Ke. Every single detail of the organization was perfect. Special thanks to Dr. Weiwei (Chris) You, who was in charge of most of the operation and coordination of the meeting and to his enthusiastic students who were always there for us. The Xiamen International Conference Center Hotel was the perfect venue.

The symposium gathered 360 delegates, students and vistors from 20 countries to share information on every topic of abalone biology, aquaculture, fisheries and conservation in a very friendly environment. The workshop on the effects of climate change on abalone ecology and production provided new insights on this worldwide problem. It is clear now that international cooperation is required to address this issue adequately.

The two special dinners were just superb. None of us will ever forget the abalone feast, with delicious abalone-based dishes designed by a famous Chinese chef, and the gala dinner, with a very sophisticated menu. In both cases, we enjoyed different expressions of the Chinese art and culture.

China is the world´s main producer of cultured abalone and the field trips to farms were extremely important for many of us. Delegates were surprised by the massive level of production, both in hatchery and grow-out systems, using from strikingly simple to highly advanced technologies.

During the IAS General Meeting, the Executive Committee (EC) for the period 2018-2021 was elected. I thank all our members for trusting me and giving me the opportunity of serving you as the IAS President for my second and last period. Laura Rogers-Bennett and Weiwei (Chris) You were also reelected as Vice President and Secretary, respectively, and Gercende Courtoise de Viscose, from Spain, replaces Nick Elliot as the Treasurer. The Constitution amendment presented by the EC was also approved.

On behalf of the EC, I want to express my deepest gratitude to Nick Elliot for serving six years as the IAS Treasurer. Besides keeping our finances in good standing and perfect order, he collaborated with enthusiasm in all discussions to improve our Society. He promoted and organized the Student Travel Awards granted for the first time in Xiamen. Thanks Nick!

We congratulate Prof. Guofan Zhang for receiving the IAS Medal for his outstanding contribution to abalone research. For more than 30 years, his research has been crucial to developing the abalone industry in China.

The 11th International Abalone Symposium will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2021. We congratulate Dr. Andrea Alfaro for her excellent biding proposal. See you all there!

Ricardo Searcy-Bernal
IAS President

Call for nominations of IAS members to serve on the next IAS executive commmittee.
April 2018

The next General Meeting of the International Abalone Society (IAS) will be held at the 2018 Xiamen International Abalone Symposium, where the new IAS Executive Committee (EC) should be appointed.

The current IAS Executive Committee consists of:
President: Ricardo Searcy-Bernal
Vice President: Laura Rogers-Bennett
Secretary: Weiwei You
Treasurer: Nick Elliot.
Past Presidents: Peter Britz, Peter Cook

A call is herewith made for nominations of IAS members to serve on the next IAS EC. EC members work is voluntary, that is, they don´t receive any economic compensation. The term of office is three years but a second consecutive term may be served. The current President, Vice President and Secretary have only served for one term in their positions, so they will be considered as nominees in the General Meeting.

Any ordinary, retired or honorary member of the IAS is eligible as candidate. Nominations may be made by any member of the IAS, including those who paid their dues in the last symposium and those who have paid ther registration for the Xiamen symposium. Candidates are not allowed to nominate themselves. Nominations should include a brief description of the merits of the candidate for the suggested position and a statement confirming that the nominee would accept to serve in the EC if elected.

All nominations shall be made to the Nominating Committee, which shall select the final list of candidates with the approval of the Executive Committee, so as to reflect the international nature of the Society and the diversity of interests. The election of the EC members shall be by simple majority in an open election from members at the IAS General Meeting. The 2018 Nominating Committee consists of Peter Cook, Peter Britz and Laura Rogers-Bennett. Nominations should be sent to before May 1st, 2018.

IAS consitution ammendment proposal
April 2018

The current constitution, published in the IAS website here, was written in 1997 when our Society was formed. During these 21 years, many changes have been made to improve the organization and functionality of the IAS, but these have not been incorporated into our Constitution.

Attached is the Constitution Amendment Proposal prepared by the Executive Committee which reflects our current practices. If you think some changes should still be made, please contact before May 1st, 2018. Comments should be made only by current IAS members, including those who paid their dues in the last symposium or their registration for the Xiamen symposium.

A revised proposal will be presented during the IAS General Meeting at the Xiamen symposium for approval

EXTENDED - Call for International Abalone Society 2018 Awards.
April 2018

The International Abalone Society (IAS) Executive Committee is calling for nominations of International Abalone Society 2018 Awards to honor those who have made outstanding abalone research or service contributions. The awards are for:

(a) IAS medal, to be awarded to researchers for an outstanding record of published contributions to abalone research, and

(b) Life membership of IAS, to be awarded to persons who have made extensive "career" contributions in areas such as abalone research, the abalone industry, abalone aquaculture, or the management or administration of any of the above.

Nominations must be received by the IAS Secretary (Dr. Weiwei You) by Tuesday, April 17 2018 at the email address:

Full details regarding the nomination process can be found found here...

EXTENDED - Bids to host the International Abalone Symposium 2021 (IAS2021)
April 2018

The IAS has a proud tradition of symposia hosted by institutions in various countries. A call has been made for any country interested in bidding for IAS2021 to submit an “expression of interest” via email to the President of the International Abalone Society, Ricardo Searcy-Bernal at

The procedure to submit a bid can be found here. The deadline for the call for hosting the 2021 International Abalone Symposium has been extended to Monday April 16th, 2018.

Deadline extension for abstract submission and early bird registration - IAS2018
Mar 2018

The deadlines for Abstract Submission and Early Bird Registration for IAS2018 have been extended to March 18th (Sunday). Please complete your submission and registration as soon as possible. From March 19th, the registration fee will be changed to the standard registration fee (this includes the unpaid registers).

More information at the offical cnference website here...

Call for applications for Student Travel Awards - IAS2018
Feb 2018

T​he International Abalone Society is offering up to five Student Travel Awards of US$1,000 each, to encourage student participation in the 1Oth International Abalone Symposium to be held in Xiamen, China, from 8-12 May 2018.

The guidelines on how to apply for these awards can be found here. Please note that the deadline for submitting applications is March 30, 2018

1st Announcement
10th International Abalone Symposium

Sep 2017

We are pleased to invite you to the 10th International Abalone Symposium, which will be held in Xiamen, China, from May 8 to 12, 2018.

In 2018, the International Abalone Symposium returns after 15 years back to China – center of the world’s largest abalone aquaculture area. As we all know, about 90% of the world’s abalone in 2016 was produced in China, in which about 80% of the abalones were from Fujian Province, where Xiamen City is located.

The IAS 2018 programs will follow the tradition and focus on the fisheries management, physiology and ecology, aquaculture technology, processing and marketing. All programs have been developed to facilitate and promote communication through social events, abalone festival, exhibitions, workshops, plenary speeches, oral presentations in theme sessions, and poster presentation sessions.


> The International Market and Country Production Updates
> Fishery Management and Related Abalone Ecology
> Restocking / Conservation / Climate and Environment Impacts
> Genetics / Genomics (For Aquaculture, Fisheries and General)
> Aquaculture Production (Including Breeding, Nutrition, Health,
Physiology, Disease Control Etc.)
> Processing and Marketing
> Other Abalone Related Topics

Read the full announcement in PDF here,

or visit the official conference website here.

7th Chinese Abalone Symposium 2017 and the establishment of the China Abalone Association
China - Jun 2017

On June 1st, the 7th Chinese Abalone Symposium was held in Fuzhou. Over 250 industrialists and scientists participated in the conference, with over 15 international delegates from 5 countries. Ricardo Searcy, president of the International Abalone Society (IAS), and Peter Cook, the past president of IAS, attended the meeting and presented important speeches.

Several talks were given by delegates. “International Abalone Society and World Production”, speech presented by Ricardo, illustrated basic concept of the International Abalone Society (IAS), including its objects, membership, executive committee, and some activities; Also, Ricardo introduced general situation of the world production of abalone. While Peter focused on certification issue, by giving speech “Why certify: What constitutes credible certification?” Albert Choi and Wong Seng Wai, colleagues respectively from Korea and Singapore, presented the recent status of abalone aquaculture in Korea and the import & re-export statistics between Singapore & Hong Kong for the processing products.

It was momentous that the establishment of China Abalone Association (CAA) was officially announced. This association would help the producers to obtain and share the latest abalone information, seeking for new opportunities of cooperation and development. CAA also acts an important role in disseminating IAS among abalone industries in China.

The following day, the international participants were invited to visit part of the facilities of the largest abalone sea-based farm of China (Evervest Co.), the processing company (Captain Jiang) and the hatchery and land-based farm Fu Da Abalone Aquaculture Co.

The logo of the 10th International Abalone Symposium was announced, with it's design is inspired by abalone. The map of Asia inside represents that the IAS 2018 will be held in this area, with Xiamen as the host city, located in the center of this map. The 10th International Abalone Symposium will be held on May 8th to 12th, 2018 in Xiamen, China.

Stephanie Chung

The 6th Chinese Abalone Symposium held in Fujian Province
Weiwei You - 29 Feb 2016

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.

IAS 2015
Thanks Korea for such a
great IAS 2015!

Mexico - 14 Feb 2016

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 .

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!
Ricardo Searcy-Bernal
IAS President

Ex-UCT abalone expert elected to World Aquaculture Council.
Australia - 11 Jan 2012

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.