Videos from our recent webinar Status of the use of Artemia cysts in fish and crustacean hatcheries around the world are now available on NACA's Youtube channel. Please consider subscribing for more technical aquaculture content!

Video recordings of technical presentations from the webinar on Culture-based fisheries for rural development (31 May 2021) are now available on Youtube. Presentations cover technical constraints, the socio-economic and impact on communities, micro-nutrient security, monitoring and evaluation, improving water quality through stocking selected species, biodiversity considerations, and success stories.

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In this issue:

Counting down to Aquaculture Millennium +20; Free webinar - Fish Vaccination: Theory, Innovations and Application; Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Report, October-December 2020; Invasive disease linked to raw freshwater fish: Group B Streptococcus; International Crustacean Symposium 2021.

Join us on 31 May for a free webinar on Culture-based fisheries for rural development, with leading experts from the Asian region. Culture-based fisheries (CBF) are practices to enhance fish stocks in waters that don't have enough natural recruitment to sustain a fishery. CBF practices are usually applied in small water bodies such as village dams and irrigation reservoirs. Fish growth is driven by the natural productivity of the waters, foraging on natural food supplies. The simplicity and low capital requirements of CBF make it easy for farming communities to learn and adopt.

Shanghai Ocean University is offering master and PhD scholarships for aquaculture and hydrobiology-related majors interested in studying rice-fish farming in the Lancang Mekong River area. The scholarship programme is open to nationals of Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam who are less than 35 years old and have a bachelor degree with good academic record. The scholarships include full tuition fee waiver, accommodation, living allowance and medical insurance. Applications close 30 May 2021.

This report summarises the proceedings of the 19th meeting of the Advisory Group, held 26-27 November 2020 via video conference. The group's role includes reviewing disease trends and emerging threats in the region, identifying developments in global aquatic disease issues and standards, evaluating the Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Reporting Programme and providing guidance on regional strategies to improve aquatic animal health management.

In this issue:

Registrations open for the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20; Presentation of the State of World Aquaculture and the Regional Aquaculture Reviews 2020; Webinar: International Forum of Aquaculture in Silk Road Countries; Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Report, April-June 2020; World Fisheries Day Lecture Series, 20 December: Biosecurity - the concept to guarantee sustainable development of aquaculture; Webinar: Beauty and the Beast: Important Parasites of Fish; Second Online Training on Mariculture Technology for the Asia-Pacific Region: Aquaculture Biosecurity.

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20 (GCA +20) is now open. Interested participants are invited to complete the application form and the conference Secretariat will inform registrants as to the status of their application in due course. The GCA +20 will be a hybrid conference; registration will allow attendance of conference in-person or virtually, with the indicated preference taken into account to the extent possible. The maximum number of in-person participants will have to be capped, in close consultation with the host and in line with the latest advice from health authorities. The GCA is open to all interested stakeholders, including from government, academia, private sector and civil society. Women and youth (35 years of age or younger) are strongly encouraged to apply. Kindly note that registration is free.

As a follow on from the first course, the Second Online Training Program of Mariculture Technology for the Asia-Pacific Region will be held from 15 to 20 December 2020 via Zoom. The course will focus on aquaculture biosecurity and related technologies at the international, national, and on-farm levels. Lectures will be given by experts from FAO, OIE, NACA, YSFRI, and industry. Participation is free but pre-registration is required.

A free webinar on aquaculture in silk road countries will be held from 24-25 November, from 10:00 to 17:00 Beijing time (UTC +8). The theme of the forum is Sustainable Aquaculture Development: Response Strategies Towards Post-pandemic. Participation is free for all but registration is required. The webinar will be held via Zoom.