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Global Aquaculture Innovation & Leadership Award

In 2012, the Global Aquaculture Alliance established the Global Aquaculture Innovation & Leadership Award to recognize those who are finding new solutions to the challenges faced by aquaculture as well as those who provide the leadership required to champion such developments in responsible aquaculture. The award recipient will receive a plaque, an all-expenses paid trip (including registration, airfare, hotel and meals) to GAA’s GOAL 2016 conference at the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, China, from Sept. 19 to 22, and a U.S. $1,000 cash prize. The winner will also get the opportunity to present the innovation at GOAL 2016 and feature it on the Global Aquaculture Advocate website. Click here for the 2016 application form. The application deadline is July 31. What’s an innovation? Here are the previous three award recipients and their innovations:


Recipient: Karin Pittman, Professor, University of Bergen, Norway
Innovation: Quantidoc’s mucosal mapping technology is the commercialization of Pittman’s fish biology research. The innovation employs stereology to measure and better understand mucous on gill, gut and skin tissues — the first line of defense for fish. These tissues are crucial in the fight against aquatic diseases and parasites like sea lice, a major challenge for the salmon-farming industry. The application was submitted by Quantidoc CEO Ole Jacob Myre.
Sponsor: Preferred Freezer Services
Presentation: http://gaalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Day3_KarinPittman1.pdf
Global Aquaculture Advocate: http://advocate.gaalliance.org/mucosal-mapping-architect-wins-aquaculture-innovation-award/



Recipient: Werner Jost, Director, Camanor Produtos Marinhos Ltda., Brazil
Innovation: Camanor’s AquaScience® technology and its high-density, land-based facility in Natal, Brazil, recycles water for multiple production cycles while preventing environmental degradation and the use of chemicals or antibiotics.
Sponsor: Preferred Freezer Services
Presentation: http://gaalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Day3_WernerJost_GOAL2015.pdf
Global Aquaculture Advocate: http://advocate.gaalliance.org/high-density-shrimp-producer-wins-innovation-award/


Recipient: Rodrigo Prado, Director, USONIC Ltda., Chile
Innovation: USONIC’s innovation involves the use of ultrasound to control Chilean sea lice (Caligus rogercresseyi) infestations. In numerous trials, the company showed that the application of ultrasound underwater, directly in fish pens, has a lethal effect on juvenile stages of Caligus rogercresseyi. Concurrently, the application of ultrasound has no affect salmon or marine mammals due to the low power and frequencies used—only 20 KHz per transmitter.
Sponsor: Preferred Freezer Services
Presentation: http://gaalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Day2_RodrigoPrado.pdf

Accepting the award and giving a presentation on Prado’s behalf at GOAL 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is Constanza Alvial (pictured with GAA President George Chamberlain).


Recipient: Amir Sagi, Ph.D., Professor, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Innovation: Dr. Sagi’s innovation involves a novel biotechnology application to produce all-male populations of the giant freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, through temporal RNA interference.
Sponsor: Novus International
Presentation: http://gaalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/goal13-sagi2.pdf

Dr. Sagi accepts the award at GOAL 2013 in Paris, France.

Apply Now!

Both individuals and companies performing activities related to aquaculture may submit applications for consideration, and third parties may also submit nominations. Although participation in GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices certification program is not required, nominees associated with BAP may receive preferential review. To submit a nomination for the award, complete the form below. Please include high-resolution digital photographs of the innovation. For questions, please contact Steven Hedlund at Steven.Hedlund@gaalliance.org or +44 7981517510.

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If chosen as a finalist, will a representative be able to make a brief expense-paid presentation at GAA’s GOAL 2016 conference in Guangzhou, China, from Sept. 19 to 22?

If chosen as a finalist, may a description of the innovation be publicized in a GAA press release and on the Global Aquaculture Advocate website?