GIANT PRAWN 2019 Conference is the fifth in a series on the farming of Macrobrachium spp., as the 2019 edition comes to China for the first time. Although the name could be taken to refer only to the Giant Malaysian prawn M. rosenbergii, in fact, the event encompasses all species of Macrobrachium that are currently farmed. GIANT PRAWN conferences were founded by Michael New OBE with the first conference he organized in Bangkok in 1980.

GIANT PRAWN 2019 is jointly organized by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU), China. GIANT PRAWN 2019 (GP 2019) follows the previous conference (GP2017) organized by Salin Krishna at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, and Michael New OBE. GP 2019 is poised to be another significant event highlighting the global farming and conservation of freshwater prawns of the genus Macrobrachium. More details from the website: www.gianprawn.org.

Venue and date

GIANT PRAWN 2019 will be held at the Shanghai Ocean University, Lingang Campus, 999 Huchenghuan Road, 201306, Pudong District, Shanghai, China. The Lingang campus of SHOU is about an hour’s drive from Shanghai city and is well connected to the world. More details about the venue, travel, and visa details can be obtained from https://www.giantprawn.org/venue.htm.

China is the world’s biggest producer of freshwater prawns and is one of the most appropriate venues for the GIANT PRAWN conference. China has established a unique prawn industry by developing both native prawns as well as those introduced to the country. The dominant freshwater prawn species farmed in China are M. nipponese, which is a native prawn and locally known as ‘river shrimp’ while M. rosenbergii is an exotic species introduced in the mid-1970s.

Themes/Sessions

GIANT PRAWN 2019 will be an excellent opportunity for the global freshwater prawn farming industry to review the latest research and to discuss the priorities for its future expansion. The sessions include: Hatchery Technology, Traditional and novel monoculture systems, Integrated grow-out, Hatchery nutrition, feeds and feeding, Grow-out nutrition, feeds and feeding, Genomics, Health Management, Marketing, processing and economics, and Gender dimensions in giant prawn aquaculture and fisheries, among others. The technical program of the conference is updated at https://www.giantprawn.org/schedule.htm.

Important dates

Deadline for online Registration: 30 October 2019 Onsite Registration: 15 November 2019 Main Conference: 16 – 17 November 2019 Farm Tour: 18 November 2019

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Publications

Selected papers presented of GIANT PRAWN 2019 will be published in a special edition of the SCOPUS-listed, Open Access Journal, Aquaculture and Fisheries (AAF), published by Elsevier (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/aquaculture-and-fisheries). Besides, other papers presented at GIANT PRAWN 2019 will be considered to be included in the Conference Proceedings that will be published by a leading international publisher.

Contacts

Krishna R. Salin at the Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM) Program of AIT, Thailand and Xuxiong Huang at the College of Fisheries and Life Sciences of SHOU, China. Website: www.giantprawn.org; Email:info@giantprawn.org