At the opening session of its Aquaculture Europe 2016 event in Edinburgh on September 21st, the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) gave its Distinguished Service Award to Selina Stead, Professor of Marine Governance and Environmental Science at Newcastle University for her long-term commitment and contributions to the objectives and activities of the Society. AE2016 was attended by 1700 participants from 65 countries, making it the biggest Aquaculture Europe event to date.
EAS has an award for Distinguished Services that is destined for individuals that have devoted very significant effort and time to the development of EAS and its objectives. The Award for Distinguished Services has only been presented three times in the 40-year history of EAS.
The first time was to Prof. Guido Persoone, who was one of the “founding fathers” of EAS, its President from 1980 to 1982 and its Treasurer for 6 years. The second awardee was Prof. Niels de Pauw, EAS secretary for 4 years and the award was made recently to Yves Harache, who played a major role in the governance of EAS with a total of 16 years on its Board of Directors and as its President from 2010 to 2012.