Peace theme in World Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety’s Bogota show

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AQUA­CUL­TURE for Peace will be the theme of the World Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety (WAS) con­fer­ence in Bogota, Colom­bia, later this year.

Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Aqua­cul­ture 2018 (LACQUA18) - or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Univer­sity of Colom­bia, the Colom­bian Fed­er­a­tion of Aqua­cul­ture (FEDEACUA) and the Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Chap­ter of WAS – will be held at the Ágora Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Bo­gotá, from Oc­to­ber 23 to 26, 2018.

This year is aus­pi­cious for aqua­cul­ture ac­tiv­ity in a new Colom­bia, said the or­gan­is­ers. The coun­try faces chal­lenges, and aqua­cul­ture is one of the ac­tiv­i­ties ‘pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to weave peace net­works, as well as to im­prove the qual­ity of life and re­silience of its pop­u­la­tion’.

In the past year, Colom­bia has in­creased its ex­ports of fresh tilapia fil­let, with the US as its main mar­ket.

The Colom­bian Fed­er­a­tion of Aqua­cul­ture has played an es­sen­tial role in the growth of the sec­tor, em­pow­er­ing fish farm­ers to pro­duce in a sus­tain­able and com­pet­i­tive way.

As well as tilapia, farm­ers grow trout, and na­tive species such as cachama, yamú and bo­cachico. The aqua­cul­ture sec­tor grew six per cent in 2016 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year, and 9.01 per cent over the last decade.

Some 20 per cent of na­tional pro­duc­tion was ex­ported in 2016, with around 7,722 tonnes of fresh fil­lets ex­ported, 88 per cent of which went to the US and Canada. The con­fer­ence in Oc­to­ber will run along­side a trade fair, which has ca­pac­ity for 72 stands.

Above: Bogota

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