United States-Japan Natural Resources Panel on Aquaculture: 46th Scientific Symposium

The 46th UJNR Scientific Symposium “Marine Aquaculture in a Changing Environment” will be held November 13-16, 2018.



The NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture invites abstract submissions for oral presentations at the 46th UJNR Scientific Symposium to be held at the Hyatt Place in Mystic, Connecticut. The UJNR Aquaculture Panel is a cooperative research exchange between the U.S. and Japan, jointly addressing environmental and technical issues that affect the aquaculture industries of both nations.

The 46th UJNR Aquaculture Symposium is the second year of the current three-year theme of Marine Aquaculture in a Changing Environment. Environmental change impacts aquaculture in many ways. Nutrient pollution is driving eutrophication and dead zones, ocean acidification is changing water chemistry and climate change is already influencing our food supply, fresh water availability, weather, and way of life. Aquaculture will be impacted by, and can also impact, these environmental changes over various scales. Aquaculture of finfish, shellfish and seaweed have different threats, benefits, and opportunities related to environmental change.

This year’s presentations should focus on impacts to aquaculture production due to environmental change (e.g., ocean acidification impacts on shellfish aquaculture) and science to mitigate these impacts including counter measures.


Registration Information 

  • Symposium ONLY (November 14 - 15): $100
  • Symposium and field trips (November 13 - 16): $325

     Register online here

  • To be included in the program's participants list, please register by October 29, 2018. Participants can continue to register online up to the day of the symposium or on-site.
  • This symposium will include presentations covering the most recent advances achieved by researchers in the United States and Japan related to the theme “Aquaculture in a Changing Environment.”
  • “Symposium ONLY” registration covers symposium materials, catered lunch for the day, and an evening reception.
    “Symposium and field trips” registration includes the above plus meals on Thursday and Friday, ground transportation to the tour sites, and a final reception on Friday.

Registration must be paid by credit card on the web site in advance OR on-site using cash or a credit card at the beginning of the program. Participants can pre-pay by using the registration form linked above. Japanese participants should be sure to sign up for the full "Symposium and Field Trips" option.


Tentative Agenda

Tuesday November 13

Wednesday November 14

Thursday November 15

Friday November 16

Morning  Morning Morning  Morning 
Field Trips to be determined UJNR Business Meeting (Hyatt in Mystic, CT) Symposium Sessions (Hyatt in Mystic, CT) Field trips to be determined 
Afternoon Afternoon Afternoon Afternoon 
Field Trips to be determined Symposium Sessions (Hyatt in Mystic, CT) Symposium Sessions (Hyatt in Mystic, CT) Field Trips to be determined
    Symposium Reception Closing Reception


Abstracts and a 3-5 paper annotated bibliography are due September 17, 2018.

Submit Abstracts and annotated bibliographies to Clete Otoshi at NMFS.Aquaculture.Science@noaa.gov with the subject line "UJNR Submission."


Abstracts should be no more than 500 words.

An annotated bibliography with 3-5 key papers on the topic of your symposium presentation along with your abstract is required prior to the meeting. These annotated bibliographies replace the literature exchange previously done by UJNR. The goal is to focus the exchange of literature citations on the science symposium topic and to allow for experts in the field to highlight key papers from each country to assist their counterparts to explore in more detail references specific to individual presentation topics. This will be especially helpful to the U.S. members as much of the literature published in Japanese is difficult for U.S. researchers to access or understand. A combined annotated bibliography of key papers on the symposium topic comprised of contributions by all presenting scientists will be published with the proceedings.

The annotations for the 3-5 bibliographic references that the author considers key works in the field should provide a brief description of the work, the results and the reasons why the author considers it a key work. Key works should relate to the topic of your presentation and could be your own work or that of other scientists. When possible, Key works should be from your own country. An example is given below to aid in formatting. Reprints or links to key papers would be appreciated, but are not absolutely necessary.

Example of annotated Key Reference:

Mozaffarian, D. and E. Rimm.  2006. Fish intake, contaminants, and human health: Evaluating the risks and benefits. JAMA, Vol 296:15.  Pp 1885-1899.

The authors for the first time present a comprehensive human health model based on concentrations of mercury, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls and long chain n-3 fatty acids for fish and project the impact of increased seafood consumption in the United States on the population’s health. This model accounts for the increased risks associated with consumption of contaminated seafood along with the benefits from increased consumption of long chain n-3 fatty acids. Overall the authors predict that increasing the per capita consumption of seafood in the United States from 16 to 26 lbs/person (1-2 servings per week of species high in n-3 fatty acids) would result in a decrease in coronary death by 36% and an overall decrease in total mortality of 17%. Further the authors provide the amounts to consume of various species and the cost to provide the benefits associated with seafood consumption. Implications for target nutrient and contaminate levels in aquacultured fish can be derived from the information presented in this paper.

All material is to be provided in a standardized computer format (Microsoft Word), Times New Roman font, 12 pt font size, and one inch margins. The unedited abstracts and annotated bibliography will be available at the symposium.


Travel Awards for U.S. Participants 

UNJR Travel Assistance:

If you are interested in receiving travel assistance for the 46th UJNR symposium, the following must be completed and submitted to Clete Otoshi (NMFS.Aquculture.Science@noaa.gov) by September 17, 2018 with the subject line "UJNR Submission." Notifications will be made shortly after the deadline.

To apply for travel assistance please submit a presentation title and abstract and answer the following questions:

  1. Are you looking for an active collaboration with a Japanese scientist? If so, what area(s) are you interested in collaborating?
  2. Do you foresee yourself continuing this collaboration for an extended period of time and participating in UJNR in the future?
  3. Have you presented at a UJNR either in Japan or the US before? If so, what year and where?
  4. Do you agree to submit the items outlined below on time?

We will be making travel awards based on three criteria:

  1. How well your presentation topic relates to the symposia topic and matches with a Japanese presentation.
  2. Desire to develop collaborative projects with the Japanese.
  3. Past history with UJNR.



A block of rooms will be held for all participants at:

Hyatt Place Mystic

224 Greenmanville Ave

Mystic, CT 06355


Due Dates for U.S. Participants

By September 17, 2018:

1.  Presentation abstract (500 word limit).

2.  Annotated bibliography that contains 3-5 references.

By April 1, 2019:

1. A 4-8 page paper that covers the information you presented. Details are in a guide to authors that will be supplied.