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With the ongoing need for growth in aquaculture, the conference will help fish farmers and producers to grow their business, whether it be through moving from coastal to offshore/high energy sites or simply by adding value through intelligent processing and responsible, sustainable aquaculture.
Following the keynote addresses by Ernesto Penas Lado, Director: Directorate A — Policy development and coordination: DG MARE — Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Michael Rubino, Director, Office of Aquaculture, NOAA Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the first session will cover the challenges and opportunities represented by moving to high energy or offshore farming sites.
|Delegates have the opportunity to visit the Mercabarna Central Fish Market, Barcelona on day three|
- Donna Lanzetta, CEO, Manna Fish Farms: Offshore mariculture – where and why?
- Alonso Echevarria Ubilla, Director, AEX Group: Analysis of an offshore aquaculture system in the Ecuadorian coast
- Eleni Papathanasopoulou, Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Offshore aquaculture development in UK waters – opportunities and challenges
- Neil Anthony Sims, Co-Founder & CEO, Kampachi Farms, LLC: Over-the-Horizon Aquaculture™ – ecological footprint, synergies and remote command-and-control technologies in deep water offshore fish pens
- John C Bonardelli, PhD, Shellfish Solutions: Analysis of surface floats used in high-energy sites in the rope-grown mussel industry and their impact on commercial yields and marketable quality
Following the two-day conference, the Offshore Mariculture Conference will conclude with technical visits on day three. Delegates are firstly invited to the Mercabarna Central Fish Market, which occupies around 24,000 square meters. 48 wholesale companies operate from 80 points of sale, with 14 distribution points (stockpiler stalls). The Market sells around 78,000 tonnes of produce each year, some 81 percent of which is fresh – spaces on this trip are limited to 30.
The second technical visit will be to the IRTA (Research & Technology, Food & Agriculture). IRTA is based in the heart of the Ebro Delta, owned by the Government of Catalonia and ascribed to the Department of Agriculture. The objective of IRTA is to carry out strategic research in aquaculture, facilitating its efficient transfer both to official agency bodies and the industry and to develop focused research in order to improve the knowledge and technology needed for increasing the number of species cultured and/or improve the existing processes, both from the production and from the food safety points of view – places will be limited to 60 delegates, again allocated on a first come first served basis.
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