Message from the President of the Asian Society of Ichthyologists (ASI)

 

Message from the President of the Asian Society of Ichthyologists (ASI)

On behalf of the Asian Society of Ichthyologists (ASI), I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all colleagues and participants of AFBC 2015. Time seems to have flown very fast. It feels like only yesterday that the AFBC 2014 was held in Penang in February 2014. Through the support of more than 160 participants from 17 countries, the Asian Society of Ichthyologists was formed during that conference. The ASI has a very modest beginning. From a meeting in Chiangmai, Thailand (2012) among researchers with a common goal for the conservation of fishes globally, related meetings have now being held annually in consecutive years. While AFBC 2014 saw the formation of ASI, AFBC 2015 Guilin is very special in being a joint meeting among three societies: Chinese Ichthyological Society, Chinese Zoology Society and Asian Society of Ichthyologists. ASI is indeed very honoured and privileged to be part of this event. I sincerely believe this marks a great opportunity of a long term cooperation among the three societies. Indeed, the newly established ASI will benefit tremendously from this linkage.

With presentations in fundamental findings to innovative researches, this conference promises to be an exciting one. I sincerely believe our deliberations in these two days will be fruitful and would contribute towards the conservation and sustainability of this region’s rich resources. Last, but not least I would like to thank the organisers; Guilin University of Technology, Guangxi University and Guangxi Zoology Society for a wonderful programme. I wish everyone a very productive and enjoyable Conference.

Prof. Siti Azizah Mohd Nor

President Asian Society of Ichthyologists