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Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been a year since I took over from our Past President Mike Denson as President of the US Aquaculture Society, and it has been a great experience. The people on the Board who carry this society forward are all committed to making things better and assuring that the members have benefits that give them more from membership than just another check off on their resume.
Over the past year, the Board has implemented a new activity which was to support various conferences and workshops around the country. USAS became a sponsor of the International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture at Virginia Tech, and the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Expo which this year partnered again with the NOAA Milford Aquaculture Seminar. That meeting was in Providence RI. Both conferences allowed USAS to have a booth to promote the society, and we enlisted four students, two at each conference, to sit at the booth and talk about USAS. Both groups of students gave some wonderful feedback about how to make the endeavor more successful. Two new pop up banners that describe a bit about your society were used and they made the booths look very professional. USAS also was a sponsor of the Iowa Aquaculture Conference. It is envisioned that this type of sponsorship will continue, so if you are organizing a conference, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Board to seek some sponsorship. The Board has decided that initially, USAS would sponsor, at some level, two conferences or meetings a year.
Another exciting success in the past year was the collaboration of the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center under Dr. Joe Morris with USAS and the National Aquaculture Association to develop and put on a group of webinars on various aspects of aquaculture. The group with the excellent technical assistance of the University of Iowa’s IT group with the coordination by Linda O’Dierno from NAA and our Board member Allen Pattillo, the aquaculture extension specialist from Iowa State, produced ...