Aquaculture in the spotlight

Posted by Lee Cocker on 14 November 2017

Last month, the Seafish Domestic Aquaculture team attended two major aquaculture events - Aquaculture Europe 2017 (AE2017) in Dubrovnik, Croatia and the ASSG Annual Conference in Oban, Scotland. Seafish were one of the principal sponsors of the ASSG Conference, along with Crown Estate Scotland and Marine Scotland.

Both events were packed with a myriad of presentations and sessions and gave us the opportunity to hear the latest aquaculture thoughts and developments and to understand how its own work sits within and complements aquaculture activities across Europe and the UK. 

The key takeaway messages from AE2017 included: 

  • the importance of farmed seafood for human health and development; 
  • the need to scale-up and reduce costs in terms of hatchery produced European oyster seed; 
  • how spatial modelling techniques (e.g. GIS, satellite monitoring) are enhancing and enabling aquaculture development whilst collaboration and conflict understanding needs to continue to help growth; and
  • the importance of positive messaging around aquaculture through sound and transparent information in order to inform and educate.

The ASSG Conference focused on the significant potential to grow domestic shellfish market share coupled with a need to recognise the worth of our production in international markets. The need to increase value-adding to shellfish products whilst communicating key sustainability and health messaging was also seen as vital to encourage consumption. The Scottish Government confirmed its commitment to the shellfish industry, highlighting how innovative projects such as the Shetland mussel hatchery are being developed to support growth.

With close to 1,700 participants from more than 60 countries at the AE2017 and attendance of over 100 participants at the ASSG, both events gave Seafish the opportunity to highlight our aquaculture work and engage in valuable conversations with relevant parties.

An official Summary Report of the AE2017 event will be posted soon on the European Aquaculture Society website and more in depth reporting of the ASSG event will be forthcoming on the ASSG website.

For more information on the work Seafish is doing in Aquaculture, contact Lee Cocker.