The mission of the USAS is to "provide a national forum for the exchange of timely information among aquaculture researchers, students and industry members in the United States. To accomplish this mission, the USAS will sponsor and convene workshops and meetings, foster educational opportunities and publish aquaculture-related materials important to U.S. aquaculture development."

 President's Column

Well, a year has come and gone and it’s been an honor for me to serve as president of the United States Aquaculture Society.  The term of a president in our society is only one year, however it’s the continuity provided by working with the president preceding you as well as the president that continues after you that drives accomplishments for our members.  Recently, we have seen significant improvements to our society beginning with Kathleen Hartman’s leadership in the form of investment in our student members and expansion of the awards program by working with industry partners.  We now provide almost $18,000 in travel support and monetary awards for oral and poster presentations for students.  I have also worked hard to increase student participation and attendance at the conferences and expand our student support base.  We will announce additional travel awards in the coming months.  I know that Gef Flimlin, the incoming president, feels similarly about the role students have in the society and has plans to pursue student involvement on every board committee to give students the board experience they need should they choose to serve the society in the future.  Dave Cline was recently elected as President-elect and having served as vice president for the last two years has been administering the student awards program.  So we have strong continuity for the near future in support of our students and providing them the opportunities and experiences to transition to become long-term committed members of our society. more