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International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium

Conservation, management and sustainable utilisation of Artemia biodiversity

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larvi 2024: First announcement and call for papers

The 8th fish and shellfish larviculture symposium (larvi '24) will be held in Ghent University, Belgium, from 9-12 September 2024. Submissions are open until 12 February.

Closing the life cycle of aquaculture species of economic importance is critical for the ultimate success of aquaculture. Predictable & cost-effective availability of high-quality fry, fingerlings, postlarvae, seed, spores, etc. remain the key for a successful aquaculture venture. Knowledge generated at many different levels can further increase the success of the sector. Much progress is being made in knowledge-based insights on e.g. the genetic make-up of the broodstock, steering the ontogeny, the importance of first feeding, steering host microbial interactions and its immunological consequences, automation, etc. Research in these fields are increasingly supported and stimulated by a variety of novel and sophisticated techniques such as omics’ and artificial intelligence tools. They generate an unprecedented and often fascinating insight into biological processes. Although they generally also raise new research questions, they stand for a major leap forwards as compared to the empirical approach of a relatively recent past.

Capitalising on the previous “larvi” symposia (in ’91, ’95, ’01, ’05, ’09, ’13, ‘17), the Aquaculture R&D Consortium of Ghent University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and SINTEF Ocean have joined again in the organizing committee for “larvi’24” and are inviting the academic as well as the private sector to attend the 8th Fish and Shellfish Larviculture Symposium. Bringing together European and non-European stakeholders, once again the latest progress in academic research and in the production sector will be reviewed, problems identified and avenues for future collaboration explored.

Larvi 2024 and first International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium conference

The first conference of the International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium will be organized on September 9, 2024 in Ostend, Belgium. The 8th International Fish & Shellfish Larviculture Symposium - Larvi ’24 - will be organised at the same venue in Ostend from 9-12 September 2024.

A more detailed first announcement with call for presentations will be mailed in the first week of October 2023. A preliminary website has been opened where you can register your interest to participate in this event.

Seminar on Artemia Research and Production: Exploring Translational Advancements, Global Perspectives, and Shared Benefits, Malaysia

The seminar was held on 28 July 2023 in Putrajaya, Malaysia, in conjunction with the first meeting of the International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium Steering Committee. Video recordings of the technical presentations are available in this collection.

NACA's role with the International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium

Presentation by Simon Wilkinson, Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, at the Seminar on Artemia Research and Production, 28 July 2023, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Artemia pond production: Pros and cons

Presentation by Prof. Nguyen Van Hoa, Can Tho University Vietnam, at the Seminar on Artemia Research and Production, 28 July 2023, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Feeding 9 billion by 2050: Embracing Artemia in nourishing a growing world

Presentation by Dr Parisa Norouzitallab and Prof. Kartik Baruah, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, at the Seminar on Artemia Research and Production, 28 July 2023, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

From Kyoto 1976 to Shanghai 2021: A brief history of Artemia use in aquaculture

Presentation by Prof. Patrick Sorgeloos, Ghent University, at the SDG-aligned Artemia Aquaculture Workshop, 22 September 2021.

Report of the International workshop on Artemia pond production

Presentation by Meezanur Rahman, WorldFish Centre Bangladesh, at the SDG-aligned Artemia Aquaculture Workshop, 22 September 2021.

SDG-aligned Artemia Aquaculture Workshop

With the expansion of hatchery production, the demand for Artemia cysts has continued to increase. Annual consumption is now estimated at 3,500 – 4,000 tonnes, underpinning the production of over 900 billion crustacean post larvae and fish fry by a hatchery industry valued at more than USD 2 billion and the final production of over 10 million tonnes of high-value aquaculture species. With approximately 90 percent of the current Artemia production harvested from inland salt lakes, the future of the hatchery industry could be at risk and requires urgent attention. The workshop explored needs and opportunities for a new international initiative to guarantee a more sustainable provision of Artemia, both from farmed and natural sources.

Webinar "Status of the use of Artemia cysts in fish and crustacean hatcheries around the world"

The goal of the webinar was to document differences in practices used by fish and crustacean hatcheries in the use of Artemia cysts for the preparation of live feeds. Over time, the practices used by hatcheries in Asia, Europe and Latin America have diverged from the good aquaculture practices for Artemia production recommended by FAO in the 1996 Live Food Manual. The technical programme included presentations from twelve speakers from around the world, with an introduction from the Director General of NACA, Huang Jie. The webinar was attended by 359 people from 53 countries. Video recordings of the technical presentations are enclosed, together with the report of the proceedings.

International Workshop on Artemia Pond and Tank Production, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

The International Workshop on Artemia Pond and Tank Production was held via Zoom / in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on 15 June 2021. A video recording of the presentations is enclosed and the report of the meeting is available for download.

Meeting with Mr Saxon Bosworth

To launch the new International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium, led by Patrick Sorgeloos, this conference series brings together professionals working on Artemia from all around the world. This event was a presentation on the world of Artemia for Saxon Bosworth, who was researching Artemia for an article for National Geographic. A video recording of the presentations is enclosed.