The First Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society – Fishfarmer Magazine

The First Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society18 October, 2013 –

LACQUA 13 meeting in Villavicencio, Colombia showed a high quality conference and a updated producer program. Happy faces during LACQUA13.

More than 500 participants registered from 23 different countries and more than 200 participants from the industry, the LACQUA 13 initiated a new age in the region the Latin America and the Caribe. “This is the most important meeting organized in Spanish language in the history of the Latina American aquaculture. Remarking the importance of the Spanish language in the region is the more practical and simple way to integrate the industry, the academics and the decision makers.” Indicated Dr. Antonio Garza de Yta, president of the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (LACC-WAS). He further commented: “We all have to sit together and discuss and integrate the planning and coordination of the region, orientated to increase the activity to worldwide levels”.

LACQUA 13 was celebrated with the 4th Latin American Culture of Native Fish meeting, and the XIX Aquaculture meeting of “Los Llanos”, and the VI Regional Forum of Aquaculture. The event was organised by Pablo Emilio Cruz Casallas, Yohana Velasco Santamaría, Mauricio Medina Robles (Professors at the Universidad Llanos), Mario Stael (WAS) and students of the Universidad de los Llanos.

The event achieved a high level on technical presentations and demonstrated that the Latin American and Caribbean region is ready to confront challenges of the industry development that is increase the production of animal protein for the consumption of the future generations.

An amazing closing ceremony was performed, included the “Maloca Tipica Colombiana” a serie of regional cultural dances that the participants enjoyed. “LACQUA 13 made us think big and demonstrated the Latin America and the Caribe is ready to organize these kind of events in many countries. This is the start of a new tradition commented Maria Celia Portella, past president of the LACC-WAS and coordinator of the scientific program.

More information on future LACQUA events on www.was.org