The World Aquaculture Society was founded in 1969 as the World Mariculture Society. Since it’s beginning the membership in WAS has grown to more than 3,000 members in about 100 countries representing the global aquaculture community. In order to meet the expanding international nature of the Society and to address specific needs in various areas of the world, the WAS has created Chapters in the United States, Japan, Korea, Latin American and Caribbean region,the Asian-Pacific region and very recently African Region. The West African Regional office of the African Chapter is headed by Lanre Badmus Western Africa as the 16 countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, as well as the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.


WAS MISSION PRIORITIES The World Aquaculture Society is organized for educational and scientific purposes to: Promote the educational, scientific, and technological development and advancement of aquaculture throughout the world. Gather and disseminate technical and other information on aquaculture worldwide. Hold meetings for the presentation, exchange, and discussion of information, findings, and experiences on all subjects and techniques related to aquaculture. Encourage the teaching of all phases of aquaculture and the training of aquaculturists. Encourage aquaculture research, development and education activities by government agencies, both national and international, and private


The World Aquaculture Society, through its commitment to excellence in science, technology, education, and information exchange, will contribute to the progressive and sustainable development of aquaculture throughout the world.


The World Aquaculture Society (WAS) is strategically positioned to play an important role in assuring the progressive development of aquaculture worldwide by meeting the increased global demand for science-based information and technology. In order to meet the challenges of the future, WAS has a long-term vision and mission priorities with a renewed "Commitment to Excellence."