World Aquaculture Institute (WAI) organization is dedicated to innovative research that promotes global nutrition, developing medicines to cure cancer and infectious diseases, regrowing the worlds fin fish supply in land-based aquaculture facilities and the protection to the oceans and the environment. WAI, was started in 1994, and acquired Southeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Products, Inc. (the Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Aquaculture) in 1999 and developed with the Urban Aquaculture Development Center into World Aquaculture Institute, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. WAI will be working in association with the University of Rhode Island, Department of Fisheries, Animal & Veterinary Science, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital. WAI's advisory resident scholars and fellows include some of America's foremost scientists, doctors, medical researches and experts. WAI scholars are augmented by a network of more than one hundred adjunct scholars at universities and medical research facilities throughout the United States and the World.
WAI challenges conventional thinking and will manage the strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary and collaborative studies in fin fish, medicine, science, technology, and environment. Through publications, conferences and recommendations, we seek to guide global leaders in government and business, to eradicate Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM) the most lethal form of malnutrition in children; encourage building of ecologically sustainable land based fish farms around the world, operated by the locals, to feed themselves increasing the protein(energy) in their diets. WAI with your support can help end the severe Protein-Energy Malnutrition, the "silent emergency" in children and alleviate the current burden on our oceans protein supply.
Since our founding in 1996 by William Connor, social entrepreneur and futurist, WAI's perspective has been uniquely future-oriented and guardedly optimistic. Our research shows that the world is being dramatically transformed, by the collapse of the Oceans to sustain our protein supply and the rise in the consumption of the World's population of protein rich food sources(fish). With the advent of land-based finfish production facilities we can begin to solve the Protein-Energy Malnutrition problem, today. WAI sees the complexities within the World food sources and societies, WAI will focus on the often-overlooked interplay among cultures, technology, and with WAI's aquaculture leadership will develop and build facilities around the world to solve this problem.
Thus, in the 1970s, the oceans were fished endlessly and species around the world were depleted. WAI is working to restore species; and at home, we hope to help write the future of pioneering research in finfish production, medicines extracted from the fish, marine plants and minerals, and become the model for successful national fin fish development, growth and reform in the mid-2000s. Today, as part of our research agenda, we are developing programs for economic reform to transform the world fin fish supply.