Plenary speakers confirmed for Latin American Aquaculture Congress

Medellin, Colombia

Plenary speakers have been confirmed for the Latin American Aquaculture Congress, taking place in Medellin, Colombia this September.

They are Dr Benjamin Le Frentz of the US Department of Agriculture, Nélida Rodriguez Osorio of the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay and Marcela Salazar, Scientific Director of Benchmark Genetics in Colombia.

The Aquaculture in Latin America Congress combines LACQUA 2024, The VIII Latin American Conference On Native Fish Farming And The XI Colombian Congress On Aquaculture. It takes place over September 24-27, 2024, at the Plaza Mayor Convention Centre. The event will feature three plenary sessions each morning. Each session will focus on key topics for the Latin American aquaculture sector.

On Wednesday 25 September, the plenary session will focus on aquaculture health. The guest speaker is Dr. Benjamin Le Frentz, Research Molecular Biologist, Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit, United States Department of Agriculture – USDA Agricultural Research Service. His presentation will be entitled “Addressing re-emerging Streptococcus agalactiae in tilapia production through international collaboration.”

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Thursday 26 September will see a double keynote plenary. The title is “Potential and realities of genomics technologies in aquaculture”. The two speakers will be Nélida Rodriguez Osorio, PhD. MV, MSC and PhD, from the Genomics and Bioinformatics Unit of the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay and Marcela Salazar, Scientific Director of Benchmark Genetics in Colombia.

On Friday 27 September the Congress will close with a talk by Dr. Crisantema Hernandez Gonzalez, Head of the Regional Coordination of the Centre for Research in Food and Development (CIAD), in Mazatlan, Mexico. The topic of her talk is on innovation in aquaculture feed resources.

The academic agenda is under construction and abstract submission is open until 31 July. There will be sessions on the following topics: Nutrition and feeding of aquatic organisms, Reproduction, larviculture and fingerling, Aquaculture and ecosystem conservation, Health, biosecurity and welfare of aquatic organisms, Physiology, genetics and genomics of aquatic organisms, Production systems, Processing and value addition, Socioeconomics and agribusiness, Sustainable aquaculture, Standards and certifications, Education and careers in aquaculture, Integrated aquaculture systems, Women in aquaculture, Echinoderms, Aquaculture in the Caribbean, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Plankton and other species, Innovation and technologies in aquaculture.

The programme of talks will also include many industry-focused talks on market issues, offers from government agencies and updates on the Colombian aquaculture industry. This year’s trade fair will be the largest trade fair for the aquaculture sector in Colombia, with a range of leading companies represented.

Registration for the Latin American Aquaculture Congress ‘Innovation and Sustainability for a Global Aquaculture’ offers special rates for Colombian delegates. It is recommended that those interested register before 1 August to take advantage of the early bird discount. Registration can be done online here.

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