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Aquaculture in Europe and in countries bordering the Mediterranean and Black seas is an important activity that has grown substantially during the past decades though mostly in Mediterranean and Black Sea riparian countries. Fish farming helps to meet the rising demand for fisheries products and contributes to food security, employment and economic development. In terms of blue growth, aquaculture constitutes a strategic sector for future sustainable development.
This growth was possible thanks to a series of factors, such as improvements in fish feed performance, better control of pathogens, and the evolution of cage and land-based technologies. Political will, regional and international cooperation, and significant investments, both public and private, have also strongly contributed to the sector’s development. In addition, new market opportunities positively influenced this expansion as well.
Growth in the sector is expected to continue in the future and the time is ripe to take stock of the recent progress aquaculture has made to improve the cross-disciplinary cooperation and knowledge sharing that is expected to be critical for aquaculture to fulfil the promise it has shown.
Sustainable aquaculture practices and innovation • Expanding the farmed seafood market • Trends shaping the future
ORF Stars, Austria
English - Italian - English
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Opening statement by:
• Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry Policies and Tourism - Franco Manzato, Undersecretary of the State, and Riccardo Rigillo, General Director, Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture
• General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), Abdellah Srour, Executive Secretary
• Italian Fish Farmers Association (API) - Pier Antonio Salvador, President
• International Organisation for the Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Europe (EUROFISH) - Aina Afanasjeva, Director
09:30-11:00 SESSION 1. CURRENT STATUS AND CHALLENGES: REALIZING AQUACULTURE’S POTENTIAL
Fabio is a Senior Aquaculture Officer at the GFCM. He has expertise in marine aquaculture and fishery lagoon management, having more than 35 years of an extensive experience on scientific cooperation, in project management. More...
Graham is an internationally recognized science leader in the seafood industry. He spent the early part of his professional career working in aquaculture development leading a range of R&D projects focused on application of genetics in aquaculture, based in South-east Asia. More...
Adrienne is a Fisheries Officer at FAO.r works at FAO as a Fishery Officer responsible for statistics on fishery and aquaculture utilization, consumption, processed production, and trade. More...
Mari Moren is Director of Research for the department of nutrition and feed technology at Nofima AS, one of Europe’s largest research institutes for food, fisheries and aquaculture. Before she took the position at Nofima in 2014, she worked within the research field of fish nutrition since 1998. More...
11:20-13:45 SESSION 2. SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE PRACTICES AND INNOVATION
Sinan Toplu graduated with a Msc in Marine Culture in 1997 and has twenty five years experience in Mediterranean Aquaculture fishery. Sinan has a MBA from Izmir University from 2016. Today he is managing his own company ASC Aquaculture JSC.More...
Marco Fuselli and Paola Salvador
Marco holds a degree in Economics and Business from the University of Ca ’Foscari in Venice. He is owner of Produttori Ittici Trevigiani and Az. Agr. Rio Fontane, Italian aquaculture enterprises. More...
Paola entered the family business after completing her studies and is an owner of Produttori Ittici Trevigiani. In 2004 she was awarded as a female entrepreneur by ONILFA for her innovation activity in the transformation process of aquaculture products. More...
Béla is the director of NAIK Research Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (HAKI). He organizes the research strategy in the institute within aquaculture technologies development, fish genetics, fish feeding, fish immunology and hydrobiology, including the nutrient cycling of fish ponds, their ecosystem services and fisheries management of natural surface waters. More...
Catalin started his experience in the fisheries sector 30 years ago as fish farming researcher and is currently President of ROMFISH the Romanian Fish Farmers Association.More...
Eva Kovacs has a Master’s Degree from the Department of Aquaculture at Szent Istvan University, Godollo. She has experience in technical aspects of different fish production methods (eg pond fish production, cage cultures, RAS technology etc), data and information collection on inland fisheries and aquaculture and related areas, and aquaculture management plan preparation at different levels. More...
Giuseppe is a marine biologist with experience in the fishing and aquaculture sector. Since 1986 it has followed the evolution of shellfish farming, with particular reference to the development of offshore facilities. More...
Miguel is a Marine Biologist with a Master Degree from University Federal Fluminense – UFF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and specialist in Seaweed Farming. He is currently responsible for the Seaweed Mariculture Projects at SELT MARINE GROUP at Tunisia, Mozambique and Zanzibar. More...
Dominique Aviat is a founding director of AND International, with 40 years of experience in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Dominique has a strong expertise in all economic, market and organisational aspects of aquaculture development. More...
Alessio is a Associate Professor at the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy working for more than fifteen years on fish nutrition and feeding of Mediterranean species. More...
14:45-16:30 SESSION 3. EXPANDING THE FARMED SEAFOOD MARKET
Ekaterina started operating in the field of market analysis for fisheries and aquaculture products in 2005 performing tasks for Innovation Norway in Italy and Norwegian Seafood Council. After being a marketing consultant in Globefish (FAO) and producing several publications, she started EUROFISH. More...
Gonzalo has a M.Sc. in International Fisheries Management(IFM) and has worked in Sealed Air since 2007. His main function in the position is to develop the fish packaging market in EMEA. More...
Tomasz Kulikowski is the Editor of "Fish Industry Magazine" and is working in National Marine Fisheries Research Institute dealing with aquaculture among other areas.More...
Born in Brazil and settled in Spain, Claudio “Kadú” Melo has been working in the advertising business for the past 13 years. He holds a bachelors degree in Graphic Design as well as a postgraduate degree in Creative Advertising from Brother, the most awarded creative school in the world.More...
Melanie Siggs has extensive experience of working internationally across both commercial and NGO sectors addressing issues relating to food and is best known for her work on fisheries and aquaculture in the past 10 years.More...
Pier Antonio Salvador
Local Pier Antonio comes from a family with a long tradition in trout farming. He has a Bachelor in Marketing and Finance from International University of Miami, and is President of API. More...
16:50-17:40 SESSION 4. TRENDS SHAPING THE FUTURE
Panel discussions on the role and responsibility of different stakeholders to sustain the future of aquaculture and aquaculture products, and the best way to distil good experiencesand best practice to be shared.
Conclusions - The discussion points raised during the Q&A and open discussions will be summarized and key elements distilled in a document to prepare a conference proceeding.
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