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"Telling Our Story": It has been just over a month since I returned from South Africa where I was fortunate enough to attend the WAS meeting in Cape Town. I want to express my gratitude to the USAS and WAS for allowing me to take part in such a well-organized and energizing event. My compliments to the organizing committee, Bill Daniels, John Cooksey, the WAS home office, and all of the staff at Conference Management for making our inaugural conference in Africa so memorable. As this was my first trip to Africa I wanted to involve my family, so my wife and son joined me in the adventure. Following the meeting we spent a few more days in Cape Town and then flew over to the Eastern side of South Africa for a safari in a white rhino reserve. What a magnificent country. The people we met were extremely friendly and the vistas and wildlife were spectacular. It took me almost a month to go through the more than 4000 photographs captured on the journey, and we only visited one region of one country on this wondrous continent.
When we returned home and told people we had been in Africa their immediate response was, "Oh, were you on a mission trip?" When we told them it was for business and vacation they just couldn't imagine. We described the beauty and the wonder but it was difficult for most to comprehend. Their mental picture of Africa has been clouded by what they see and hear in the media. They think poverty, civil unrest and political turmoil and not magnificent natural wonders and friendly, determined people. My point is that media has a way of influencing people's perceptions. It is the same with aquaculture.
All of us involved with aquaculture know that it will play an ever-increasing role in supplying protein to the world's growing population ...