US aquaculture workshop postponed due to COVID 19
By Nestor Arellano
As countries around the globe began closing their borders and instituting domestic and international travel restraints in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus, another aquaculture organization in North America announced the postponement of its previously organized event.
Late last week, the Freshwater Institute sent an email to participants of an aquaculture innovation workshop scheduled for April in New York City. The organization said that the event was postponed because of meetings and travel restrictions being imposed in the United States.
The Freshwater Institute is a a program of The Conservation Fund, which focuses on the sustainability of the domestic seafood supply by providing solutions to enable the growth of environmentally-responsible aquaculture.
“Given the current global health concerns around coronavirus (COVID19) and new restrictions being implemented in the US and abroad related to gatherings and recommendations related to social distancing, we feel we must take this step to assure the public’s health and safety,” said Brian Vinci, director of the Freshwater Institute.
Yesterday, Larry Selzer, president and chief executive officer of the Conservation Fund, said the funding body is doing its best to operate under the present conditions.
“We are operating as close to normal as possible. Our staff from coast to coast pursue their daily efforts on behalf of conservation from locations that will keep others and themselves safe,”said Selzer. “We have of course postponed public events and gatherings, and yet look forward to a time when we can resume invaluable in-person interactions with our communities of partners, friends and supporters. However, please feel free to contact anyone here at the Fund as necessary.”