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EAS honours pond aquaculture veteran with life membership award

October 5, 2023  By HI staff

László Varadi receives Honorary Life Membership award (Photo: European Aquaculture Society)

The European Aquaculture Society (EAS) has given aquaculture professional, László Varadi, an Honorary Life Membership award. 

At the opening ceremony of the Aquaculture Europe 2023 event in Vienna, Austria, Varadi was honoured for his dedication toward the recognition and development of pond aquaculture in Europe and beyond.

Since 1974, Varadi has been involved in the development of the industry when he started to work at the Research Institute of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation (HAKI) in Hungary and retired as director of HAKI in 2012. He was also involved in various aquaculture development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Varadi was actively behind the creation and establishment of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central and Eastern Europe (NACEE) in 2004. 


He was the recipient of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) Award for Excellence in 2015 for his contributions to freshwater aquaculture, playing a key role in developing the Hungarian sector as well as less developed countries.

Varadi, who was the EAS President between 2006 and 2008—was honoured for even more contributions to the industry—and is among the several people the EAS has given the Honorary Life Membership award since 1981.

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