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.
55th Council Meeting of the Asian Fisheries Society
14 Sep, 2020
The 13th Council of the Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) conducted the 55th Council Meeting on 10 September 2020. Presided by the current AFS president (2019 to 2022), Prof. Alice Joan G. Ferrer (University of the Philippines Visayas), the Council discussed in an online meeting the upcoming AFS-organized fora and conferences. These include the 1) Fourth In...
Postponement of the 11th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA11)
03 Sep, 2020
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and following extensive deliberations between the DAA11 Organizing Committee members including the Government of Malaysia; it is confirmed that the face-to-face symposium of the 11th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA11) will not take place as scheduled on 29 September until 2 October 2020. After consid...