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Costa Rica will be the headquarters of LACQUA19

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By Milthon Lujan

The annual meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society, LACQUA19, will take place in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the Wyndham Herradura Convention Center, from November 19 to 22, 2019. The organizers of this event are the National Technical University (UTN), the National University (UNA) of Costa Rica and the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (LAAC / WAS).

This is the first time that this meeting will be held in a Central American country. This is a region rich in natural resources, in which several of its countries are currently in a process of political and social changes, aimed at improving the quality of life of its inhabitants. For this reason, the central theme of this meeting will be: “Sustainable aquaculture for social and economic development”, since the promotion of this activity, carried out in a responsible manner with the environment and with the communities, will contribute to the development and wellbeing of the countries of the region.

Costa Rica is a country that stands out for not having an army, for its pacifist and democratic tradition, its stability and its high environmental, social and economic indicators. Costa Rica is a country with an area of only 51,100 km2, of which approximately 20% corresponds to National Parks and Reserves. Tourism is the fastest growing industry. Its Human Development Index places it in fourth place in Latin America, standing out in health, education, security, freedom and equality issues. It is the headquarters of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the UN University for Peace. Its capital, San José, has a large number of theaters, museums and historic buildings, and in the surrounding provinces, a few hours from the capital, there are many towns, forests and beaches of extraordinary beauty.

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The LACQUA19 will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss the most recent advances in the production of aquatic organisms in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Wyndham Herradura Convention Center will be the ideal place for this meeting, it is located a few minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport, in the outskirts of San José, and has spacious and comfortable conference rooms. We will have the presence of researchers, students, producers and suppliers. The results of technical and scientific work (regional and global) in three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) will be presented (oral and poster). In addition, there will be short courses and an exhibition of aquaculture suppliers from around the world showing the latest in equipment, supplies and services. You can also visit recognized aquaculture companies in the region, with emphasis on the production of inland fish, marine fish and molluscs.

The different institutions, societies, associations, commercial companies and groups related to aquaculture in general are invited to schedule their annual meetings, business meetings, presentation of innovation products, workshops or other activities during LACQUA19.

More information and online registration can be found on the WAS website (www.was.org) or with Carolina Amézquita (Carolina@was.org). For the trade fair and contact for sponsors with Mario Stael (mario@marevent.com) and if you want general information, email worldaqua@was.org. For Wyndham Herradura hotel and convention center information visit: www.wyndhamhotels.com. And for tourist information of Costa Rica visit the page: www.visitcostarica.com/es, and Juan Santamaría International Airport: www.sjoairport.com.

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