The writing was on the wall for the December edition of Aquaculture Africa following the emergence of the Omicron mutation of the Covid virus on the continent.

African aquaculture event held back by Covid variant

The Aquaculture Africa 2021 (AFRAQ21) conference and trade show, which was due to be held in Alexandria, Egypt this month, has been postponed until March 25-28 next year.

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The World Aquaculture Society Africa Chapter, which is organising the event at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, said it had made the decision due to the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 and the extensive restrictions being put in place, with more restrictions projected.

March 25 will be the day of registration and exhibitors moving in and farm tours. March 26-28 is for the conference and the trade show, along with workshops, business meeting and staff meetings.

Abstract deadline extended

Submission of abstracts and full papers has now been extended to February 15, 2022. All abstracts already submitted are valid and will be processed accordingly.

Participants are being urged to get vaccinated to reduce Covid-19 risks.

“WAS and AFRAQ21 Conference Management is cognisant of the need to hold the Conference under Covid-19 health and safety protocols as stipulated by the government of Egypt as well as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, to ensure safety of Conference attendees (vaccination and antigen test prior to enter the building),” stated the organiser.

More information is available at the World Aquaculture Society website.