Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (AFAF)

The triennial Asian Fisheries Forum (AFF) was initiated by the Society to achieve many of the  stated objectives of the Society. The 1AFF was successfully held in Manila, Philippines in 1986 and was the first big milestone of the Society. Since the first forum, the triennial fora have been carried out in many AP member countries through an expression of interest process with the successful host country appointed Convener of the forum. Since 2007, the triennial AFF have been renamed as Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum  (AFAF).

The triennial forum serves as the venue for AFS members to meet, update recent trends and ongoing research in the region. It provides members an unique opportunity to learn and evaluate their research, establish linkages and forge new inter-country research group to tackle regional   projects. It also provides guidelines and direction to policymakers, planners and all key commercial stakeholders. In recent years, the AFAF also attracted international agencies and funding bodies to attend the forum, thereby providing an ideal venue for members and international agencies to interact, evaluate and explore new regional projects in the AP region.


The first AFAF was held in May 1986 in Manila, the Philippines, and since the first forum, the Society has successfully held 10 AFAFs in the AP countries. The details of  the fora held are listed below:

  • 1AFF – 26th to 31st May 1986 in Manila, the Philippines;
  • 2AFF – 22nd to 27th April 1989 in Tokyo, Japan;
  • 3AFF – 26th to 30th October 1992 in Singapore;
  • 4AFF – 16th to 20th October 1995 in Beijing China;
  • 5AFF – 11th to 14th November 1998 in Chiang Mai, Thailand;
  • 6AFF – 25th to 30th November 2001 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan;
  • 7AFF – 30th November -5th December 2004 in Penang, Malaysia;
  • 8AFF – 20th to 23rd November 2007 in Kochi, India;
  • 9AFAF – 21st April to 25th April 2011 in Shanghai, China; and
  • 10AFAF – 30th April to 3rd May 2013 in Yeosu, South Korea.
  • 11AFAF -- 3rd August to 7th August 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 12AFAF will be held at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City, Philippines from 8 -12 April 2019. For more information visit 12AFAF Website