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IAS 2012 Hobart - A great success!
South Africa - 17 May 2012

Dear IAS

Hobart provided a great venue for the 8th International Abalone Symposium which attracted over 200 delegates from around the world. The programme provided a balance between science and industry, fisheries and aquaculture and basic biology, which imparted a synergy and special character to the meeting. A special feature was industry representatives including divers sharing their abalone insights and experience alongside scientists. The symposium attracted the worlds leading abalone researchers whose presentations showed that abalone science is alive and well. The industry status reports from abalone producing countries provided a snapshot of the state of abalone resources and production around the world. Hobart was a great location which served to showcase Australian impressive marine science capacity and the social programme really brought out the flavor of Tasmania and made all feel quite special.

As a result of the good conference attendance, IAS members had a wonderful opportunity to share experiences and memories of past symposia and build the IAS traditions. The symposium has also left IAS in a stronger financial and organizational footing than ever before. The outstanding programme and organisation is testimony to the hard work of the conference organizing committee led by Nick Elliot of the CSIRO. Symposium presentations approved for release by authors will be posted on the website shortly (available to Sympoisum delegates only), and sufficient manuscripts were received to produce a full special edition of the Journal of Shellfish Research. Organisation of the next IAS2015 Symposium in Korea is already well advanced - see you there!

Best wishes
Peter Britz
IAS President

Nominations are now open for International Abalone Society 2012 Awards.
World - 30 Jan 2012

There are two types of IAS award:

(1) an IAS medal, to be awarded to researchers for an outstanding record of published contributions to abalone research, and
(2) 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.

Note: Abalone research means research on abalone or other species that form part of an abalone's niche (eg predator, prey, parasite, commensal, disease or associated organism).

Nominations must include the nominee’s full name and title, the award for which they are nominated, a statement outlining the suitability of the candidate for the award, a CV containing all information relevant to the award, and the name and e-mail address of the person nominating the candidate. Nominations should be made by IAS members, which includes existing members plus anyone who has paid their full registration for the upcoming May 2012 Abalone Symposium.

Nominations must be received by the IAS Secretary by 1 April 2012 at the following address:

Rodney Roberts
Private Bag 2
Nelson 7042
New Zealand

Up to 2 awards in each category will be presented at the IAS Symposium in Hobart in early May 2012.

Can you help? - Abalone industry preparedness and awareness of climate change survey.
World - 10 Nov 2011

Rose Tusker is a Masters of Marine Science student undertaking research into abalone industry preparedness and awareness of climate change. She is looking for participants to fill out a survey (either online or paper-based) as part of this research.

Participation is completely voluntary and the survey will take between 15-20 minutes to complete.  The link for the online survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/climateai

A paper-based survey is also available. If you would prefer to undertake this option please contact Rose directly at rose.tasker@gmail.com

Completed surveys can be sent to:

Rose Tasker
PO Box 155

IAS 2012
IAS 2012 Hobart - A letter from the IAS president.
South Africa - 20 March 2012

Dear IAS

Excitement is growing for our 8th Symposium - IAS2012, which is now just seven weeks away. An outstanding program has been compiled by the organizing committee which covers all aspects of abalone fisheries, aquaculture and biology. For the updated programme
click here. What is encouraging is the strong participation by both the industry and research sectors from all the major abalone producing countries. Seen together, the country profiles, discipline based reviews, and original research papers present a comprehensive "state of the art" of abalone aquaculture, fisheries, conservation and biology. Can you afford not to be there?

The IAS has developed a rich tradition of show casing abalone research dating back to the first abalone symposium in Mexico in 1988. The IAS Symposium is an occasion where we recognize and honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to abalone research and/or service in particular areas. The call for nominations for 1) the IAS Medal for research and 2) IAS Life Membership for career service to abalone related issues closes on 1 April 2012. If you know of someone who you believe is deserving of such an award, please forward your nomination to the IAS Secretary. Details are provided in the post below.

I look forward to seeing you in Hobart.

Best wishes
Peter Britz
IAS President

PhD Project - Stress transcriptomics: development of tests to reduce the incidence of summer mortality in abalone. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia - 25 Nov 2010

Abalone are a high value shellfish and their export is worth over AU$200 million per year to the Australian economy. Mass mortality of farmed abalone during the summer, termed summer mortalities, has been frequently reported in Australia in recent years. This disease is related to increased stress in animals due to high water temperatures and it is likely to become more widespread with predicted rising water temperatures.

This ARC funded research will investigate the molecular basis of stress and disease in abalone and the genetic mechanisms used to fight them. The results will allow the development of early warning tests of stress and stress resilience resulting in production and economic benefits to the Australian abalone aquaculture industry. The project involves field work, lab work and computational analysis.

Contact: Dr Jan Strugnell for more information J.Strugnell@latrobe.edu.au

IAS 2012
8th International Abalone Symposium to be held in Hobart, Tasmania, from
6-11 May 2012.

Hobart, Tasmania - 24 November 2010

It is our pleasure to invite delegates to Hobart for the 8th International Abalone Symposium.

The International Abalone Symposium returns after 18 years to the island of Tasmania – home of the world’s largest wild abalone fishery. The waters of Tasmania produce some of Australia’s finest seafood, and the island offers unique food and tourism experiences. The capital Hobart is an ideal location for IAS 2012; nestled below the imposing Mt Wellington and on the shores of the Derwent Estuary, the symposium location looks out over the working fishing port including abalone fishery vessels.

IAS 2012 continues the tradition of bringing together a diversity of international people with one common interest; abalone. This is your opportunity to engage and interact with commercial fishers and growers, managers and policy makers, processors and marketers, and researchers from numerous disciplines.

For all the details, you can read more at the official conference website.

PhD scholarships and "land based abalone aquaculture systems" conference session
World - 01 July 2010

SCHOLARSHIP - Australia.

"Fishing-to-market: product-quality-based harvest strategies to increase profitability for greenlip abalone"

In collaboration with Flinders University, SARDI Aquatic Sciences and the University of South Australia, the Australian Seafood CRC invite applications for a PhD top-up scholarship to complete research on product-quality-based harvest strategies designed to increase the profitability of greenlip abalone. read more >>>.

CONFERENCE SESSION - Land based abalone aquaculture systems

We have two events coming up where I would like to take the chance to create a session where we can share knowledge regarding engineering applied to abalone aquaculture. Topics could be related to water flow requirements, oxygen consumption, ammonia excretion, density, energy consumption, gas transfer, feeds leaching (pellet), effluent treatment or any work geared towards improving our knowledge on sizing and operating pilot or commercial abalone farms.

Upcoming meeting include Aquaculture America 2011 to be held at New Orleans (USA) in February 2011 and then WAS 2011 to be held at Brazil in June 2011. I am asking ahead to guage how many of you are willing to go to those events and contribute with a presentation within an organized session that might be called land based abalone aquaculture systems.

Dr. German Merino
UCN, Coquimbo, Chile.