The Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) is a non-profit scientific society founded in 1984 by fishery professionals in Asia. The society aims at promoting networking and co-operation between scientists, technicians and all stakeholders involved in fisheries (including aquaculture) production, research and development in Asia. Its ultimate objective is to enhance food security and income generating opportunities for fisheries workers via sound management practices, environmentally sustainable development and efficient utilization of the aquatic resources. More information on the objectives, highlight, past and present activities of the Society are given in the subsequent sections.
Asian Fisheries Society Joins World’s Leading Aquatic Scientific Societies Urgently Call for Cuts to Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Dire consequences for freshwater and marine resources without significant and fast action
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (September 14, 2020). The Asian Fisheries Society joined forces with the American Fisheries Society and 110 aquatic scientific societies representing more than 80,000 scientists across the world to sound a climate change alarm in an unprecedented statement released today in conjunction with the start of Virtual Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. The societies call for drastically curtailed global greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst impacts of man-made climate change to fish and aquatic ecosystems. Unless urgent action is taken to reduce emissions, scientists predict catastrophic impacts to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries and human health and global economies.
“Swift and resolute action by governments and by individuals to reduce emissions is essential to halt irreversible impacts to freshwater and marine ecosystems, fish, and fisheries from climate change. We must act now to safeguard our drinking water, food supplies, and human health and well-being. These grim predictions for the world’s aquatic ecosystems are not just theoretical. They are affecting us now and failure to act will imperil future generations,” said American Fisheries Society President Scott Bonar.
Climate change is already altering marine and coastal ecosystems with significant implications for wild capture fisheries and marine economies. Projected increases in ocean temperature are expected to reduce the maximum catch potential in most areas in the U.S. Many harvested stocks will shift from one area to another, or even across international boundaries with implications for seafood supply, ports, and associated businesses. Loss of habitat from sea level rise will lead to declines in the vast majority of commercially and recreationally harvested marine finfish and shellfish that are dependent on estuaries and coastal systems for some stage of their life cycle. Increased carbon dioxide absorption is changing ocean chemistry, rendering some waters too acidic for marine organisms with calcium shells, such as oysters and clams, and threatening the base of the marine food web.
Notice : Renewal of AFS Membership
08 Feb, 2021
Dear AFS members, On behalf of the 13th Asian Fisheries Society Council, the Membership Committee wishes to remind you to renew your membership via PayPal and Telegraphic Transfer (TT). For inquiries regarding your membership status, please email to email@example.com. The membership ID with photo will be provided only to the Permanent Act...
E-Newsletter December 2020
19 Jan, 2021
MESSAGE FROM EDITOR Wish you all a very happy, healthy and productive 2021. Let us hope we will defeat the corona virus soon with the availability of vaccines. The world has gone through difficult times in 2020 with the Corona pandemic – the population reeling with health issues, economic downturn, increased unemployment which in turn has resu...