EAS gives Honorary Life Membership
New EAS Honorary Life Member Patrick Sorgeloos (right) with EAS 2010-2012 President Yves Harache
At AQUA 2012, Patrick Sorgeloos, director of the Laboratory of Aquaculture and the Artemia Reference Center of the University of Ghent in Belgium, was presented with an EAS Honorary Life Membership.
Honorary Life Membership is the highest European Aquaculture Society (EAS) award and is given to those persons that have had a marked impact on the development of European aquaculture. The award has been given to 10 individuals since 1981.
The award was presented by the EAS 2010-2012 President Yves Harache, but announced by 2008-2010 President Selina Stead, leaving the EAS Board of Directors after 12 years. Ms Stead introduced the awardee as a household name in aquaculture – not only in Europe but across the whole planet.
She described Patrick’s exceptional vision, when, at about the time of the founding of EAS in the 70s, he realised the potential of a small crustacean that would affect aquaculture production in Europe, but also throughout the world, on species that required special larval rearing strategies to break a severe bottleneck to their commercial production. He founded the Artemia Refence Center and the International Study on Artemia, so important for world aquaculture. He created one of the global leaders in specialist aquaculture feeds and he is probably the world’s most travelled aquaculture expert, having been to just about every country on the planet where aquaculture is practiced.
He created the ‘standard’ for a Masters course in Aquaculture and for specialist training on Artemia. More recently, he pushed the main industry players to create the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform that has just completed its Vision and Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, presented at AQUA 2012.
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