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A full and diverse program has been developed for the 8th International Abalone Symposium (IAS 2012), and we invite you to join delegates from around the world in Hobart, Australia from 6 to 11 May 2012.

It would be our pleasure to host you at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hobart’s waterfront for this exciting and informative symposium.

The International Abalone Symposium returns after 18 years to the island of Tasmania – home of the world’s largest wild abalone fishery. The waters of Tasmania produce some of Australia’s finest seafood, and the island offers unique food and tourism experiences. The capital Hobart is an ideal location for IAS 2012; nestled below the imposing Mt Wellington and on the shores of the Derwent Estuary, the symposium location looks out over the working fishing port including abalone fishery vessels.

IAS 2012 continues the tradition of bringing together a diversity of international people with one common interest; abalone. This is your opportunity to engage and interact with commercial fishers and growers, managers and policy makers, processors and marketers, and researchers from numerous disciplines.

The IAS 2012 program has been developed to facilitate and promote communication and new collaborations through social events, workshops, plenary papers, oral presentations in theme sessions, and poster presentation sessions.

We look forward to seeing you in Hobart in May 2012.

Opportunity to visit the Australian National Algae Culture Collection at CSIRO on Friday 11th May
The CSIRO are offering short (ca. 45 min) tours of the ANACC ( housed at the Hobart Laboratories near Salamanca Place. A booking sheet for tour times between 0930 and 1500 on the Friday 11th May will be available at the Registration desk.

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Symposium Dinner
IAS 2012 is pleased to welcome The Korean Federation of Abalone Industry Association as our Symposium Dinner Sponsor.  We are looking forward to a fantastic night out at the award winning Moorilla Vineyard and the spectacular Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).  Don’t miss out!

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Tasmania’s very own Cary Lewincamp.  Cary Lewincamp’s solo guitar performances are emotive and passionate, a still point of reference in a world which is becoming an increasingly uncertain place.

MONA is the largest privately owned museum in Australia. It accommodates extraordinary and rare art collections from Egyptian antiquities, ancient Greek and Roman coins, to sensational contemporary Australian British and American art. Dinner guests will have the chance to stroll through the gallery prior to dinner.  Please be aware some guests may find particular displays confronting. IAS2012 suggests you visit the MONA website if unsure:

Transport to the Symposium dinner is by ferry and coach.  The first hundred guests will board the MONA ferry at Brook St Pier at 1730.  Remaining guests can board the (slightly quicker) coach which will also be waiting at the pier.

All full symposium delegates can attend the range of workshops throughout the program free of charge. Non-delegates can attend these workshops for $50 each. Register at the symposium.

Important Dates

Early Bird Registration 26 March
Full papers for Proceedings due at IAS registration desk 09 May


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Symposium Committee

Nick Elliott, CSIRO (Symposium Chairman)

Caleb Gardner, Institute of Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

Craig Mundy, Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

Dean Lisson, Abalone Council Australia

Grant Pullen, Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

James Harris, Flinders University

Mark Crane, CSIRO

Natalie Moltschaniwskyj, University of Tasmania/University of Newcastle

Peter Cook, University of Western Australia

Peter Kube, CSIRO

Sharon Appleyard, CSIRO

Jillian Freeman, Tasmanian Abalone Council

Nick Savva, Australian Abalone Growers Association