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INDUSTRY EVENTS Global Initiative for life and leadership through seafood at Aquaculture America

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ILLS will be r unning the popular Seafood and Health Session at Aquaculture America (AA15) as the event returns to New Orleans, one of the favourite tourist spots in the world for the only major national aquaculture conference and exposition held in the U.S. At AA15 the U.S. Aquaculture Society (formerly U.S. Chapter of WAS) joins with National Aquaculture Association and the U.S. Aquaculture Suppliers Association to produce what promises to be one of the best seafood events on the calendar. At a critical point in American seafood history with seafood consumption on the wane and knowing that 75 percent of the health care dollars in USA goes to treatment of chronic diseases isn’t it about time that people started to understand the link. Commentators do say ‘people know that seafood is healthy’ yet clearly that is not linking to sales of seafood and the health of the nation. We need to be questioning ‘why are we not promoting good nutrition at all levels of healthcare?’ Pills and drugs are not necessarily the solution - education on good nutrition (especially fish & seafood) would have much greater impact on the prevention of chronic disease. These persistent conditions, the nations’ leading causes of death and disability leave in their wake deaths that could have been pre-

vented, lifelong disability, compromised quality of life, and burgeoning health care costs. Prevention has to be better than cure! The GILLS Session will be taking place at the Marriott Hotel Conference Centre on Friday 20 February between 3 and 5.30pm. Opening the session with a special keynote on ‘Quantum Health’ will be Neurosurgeon and Optimal Health Educator Dr. Jack Kruse.Those of us who attended Nashville AA2013 will recall Jack’s lively talk that both praised and challenged the industry. Jack is CEO of Optimised life; a health and wellness company dedicated to helping patients avoid the healthcare burdens we typically encounter as we age. His popular blog, www.JackKruse.com, gets over 150,000 unique worldwide visitors per month. Other impor tant speakers in the session are world renowned exper t in aquaculture Claude E. Boyd (Auburn University); Brett Koonse (U.S. Food and Drug Administration); Sherr y Wise (U.S. Department of Agriculture); Peter J. Bechtel (USDA-ARS); David C . Love (Johns Hopkins Bloomber g School of Public Health); Md. Motaher Hossain (Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh); Chidumeje Ndidi Patience Okonkwo (University of New England, Australia) and the Association of International Seafood Professionals Executive Director, Roy Palmer. The full program and times for the talks can be seen below. “Seafood harvested from aquaculture is a complete nutrient package being the major source of animal proteins and micronutrients for many coastal populations and is a renewable and sustainable source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (DHA, EPA) for optimal brain development and the prevention of coronary heart disease. Additionally it is a unique

Seafood & Health (Gills) – full programme Friday 20th February 2015, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 3:00-3:30 KEYNOTE Dr Jack Kruse – Quantum Health 3:30-3:45

Global Perspectives On Sustainable Food Security And Nutrition (Fsn) For Fisheries And Aquaculture Roy Palmer – Association of International Seafood Professionals

3:45-4:00

Public health perspectives on aquaculture David C. Love - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

4:00-4:15

Aquaculutre products must be perceived as safe…how it’s done Brett Koonse - US Food and Drug Administration

4:15-4:30

Shrimp products of Bangladesh and its safety measures in respect of microbiological and chemical issues Md Motaher Hossain, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh

4:30-4:45

Fishing for information: economic data resources for the aquaculture industry at the US department of agriculture Sherry Wise, US Department of Agriculture

4:45-5:00

Is copper sulfate application to aquaculture ponds a food safety concern? Claude E. Boyd, Auburn University

5:00-5:15

5:15-5:30

Heavy metal concentration in tissues of periwinkles tympanotonus fuscatus (linnaeus, 1758), water and sediments from the mangrove swamps of Warri River, Delta State, Nigeria Chidumeje Ndidi Patience Okonkwo, University of New England, Australia Chemical and nutritional properties of channel and hybrid catfish by-products Peter J. Bechtel, USDA-ARS

and complete source of micronutrients (calcium, iodine, zinc, iron, selenium, etc.) and an important source of Vitamins (A, D, B group) generally scarce in rural diets. These

are essential benefits which families should consume weekly to ensure a happy, healthy life and comply with dietary guidelines,” said Executive Director, Roy Palmer.

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