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he AQUA events are coorganised by EAS and WAS every 6 years. AQUA 2012 succeeds the 2006 event in Florence, Italy and the 2000 event held in Nice, France. The event comprises an international scientific conference, an international trade exhibition, workshops for aquaculture producers, forums organised by students and by the European Commission Directorate General for research and many other workshops and meetings. The overall theme for this year’s meeting is ‘Global Aquaculture: Securing our future’. Presentations by the two plenary speakers, Petter Arnesen and Geoff Allan, will provide industry and science perspectives on the different aspects of the theme, which has obvious implications for global and regional food security and aquaculture trade. It also refers to economic and environmental sustainability and the image of aquaculture activities.
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What can participants expect to see and do?
This is the biggest general aquaculture event so participants can expect to see a lot. There will be almost 600 oral presentations and 400 posters on display as well as 90 trade booths and numerous workshops. There will also be the opportunity to go on farm tours in the Czech Republic. I’ve been to Prague a few times in the course of organising AQUA 2012 and before. It really is a beautiful city, with many things to do and see. Hotels and restaurants are plentiful and not expensive. .
Who is the event aimed at?
AQUA 2012 is a global aquaculture event so it is aimed at the global aquaculture community. This includes scientists, producers, suppliers and policy makers and legislators who want the latest scientific data and to take part in all of the discussions and networking that are the ‘core’ of these events. We expect around 2,000 participants from 60 countries to be with us in Prague in September. of the AQUA 2012 theme, while Geoff Allan, of the Depar tment of Primary Industries in Australia and who is a past president of the World Aquaculture Society, will focus on the scientific perspectives of the theme.
With so many industry shows, why should people attend AQUA 2012?
There’s increasing competition between industry shows and scientific conferences but AQUA 2012 has developed something different. It brings together both of these elements and shows how aquaculture is developing across disciplines, so that people working in one research area or sector can listen to sessions on other disciplines and activities. In short, it gives a
What are the themes of AQUA 2012?
Alistair Lane, Executive Director, European Aquaculture Society, explains the history of AQUA events and what’s going on at AQUA 2012 There are different ways of interpreting the theme, ‘Global Aquaculture: Secur ing our future’. One way is food security. This is an issue for developing countries but also for the USA and Europe because they rely heavily on imports. The event will also look at the image and perception of aquaculture. It is generally positive, but the actual production activities of the sector are not generally wellunderstood by consumers. AQUA 2012 will also address the management of resources - notably water and feeds – but also human and market resources with an emphasis on education and managing knowledge. This brings us to the plenary speakers: Petter Arnesen of Marine Harvest will give an industry perspective
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Tell us about AQUA 2012
The European Aquaculture Society (EAS) is one of the two co-organisers of AQUA 2012. It incorporates the EAS “Aquaculture Europe” and the WAS “World Aquaculture” events. In addition, the University of South Bohemia is our local organising partner. AQUA 2012 is the third AQUA event, succeeding meetings in Florence in 2006 and Nice in 2000. In Prague, we hope to build on the successes of previous events, with high participation, good science, a well-attended trade event and generally favourable perception from attendees.
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really help solve the problems of water, space and GM associated with using terrestrial plants.. C o n s u m e r s m a y also have issues with farmed fish eating feeds predominantly made from ter restr ial plants that could themselves be used for direct consumption. It would be more natural for farmed aquatic animals to eat (farmed) aquatic plants… At AQUA 2012 there will be several sessions on nutrition, looking at novel raw materials and ingredients in fish feeds. trade press that could bring some of or good news to the general public. Aquaculture research findings do not generally get well communicated outside of our sphere, so we need to do that better. Political will to develop aquaculture in Europe seems to be at an all-time high, so we should use this opportunity to spread the knowledge we are generating to support policy and develop a balanced (legislative) framework for the sector.
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everything runs smoothly. I will try to sit in on a few sessions but, I’m not sure that I will have the time. One of things that interests me is the potential to use of macro algae (seaweeds) as protein and lipid sources in feeds. Developing algae as feed ingredients rather than using terrestrial plants could
How has the event changed and developed?
We have lots of successful press and media partners but we would also like to develop contacts with non-
Plenary speaker Petter Arnesen, Breeding Director, Marine Harvest I have been working in aquaculture for almost 25 years. The salmon industry began around 40 years ago and has developed greatly over the last 20 years. Now it is relatively successful
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in Scotland and Norway but there are salmon industries in Chile, the Faro Islands and British Columbia amongst others. It is still a learning curve but we have come a long way. As the Breeding Director at Marine Harvest I use traditional breeding methods rather than GM. The salmon industry is one of the last in Europe not to use GM products in the fish or the feed. At the moment, there is a fair bit of opposition to GM food from consumers and retailers even though there is no scientific evidence that salmon is affected by GM. Yet for the feed industry, it is getting harder and more expensive to source GM-free raw materials. The main issues in aquaculture today are feed resources including raw materials that go into feed and the management of farms. There is a fair bit of aquaculture regulation the EU but the main challenge in the EU is to have more sites of production. At the moment, the EU imports 65 percent of its seafood. Going forward, the EU will have to increase its production. However, tradition fisheries are on the decline so there is a gap between the requirement and what traditional fisheries can produce. This gap has to be covered by aquaculture and as a result, good production sites are needed. This is easier said than done. For example, in Norway, the authorities are in charge of giving out sites but there are very few granted each year. At Aqua 2012, I will be speaking about the challenges associated with aquaculture in general and also point out some of the major achievements in aquaculture such as feed, genetics and the environment. In the future, I will be working on solving the challenges faced by aquaculture. There is great promise in breeding and genetics. There are new tolls coming along such as a genomics. The salmon genome is now being sequenced and will hopefully be completed in the next year. This will give us a new tool to use in our breeding work.
A second Premium Sponsor for EAS
aving enjoyed the support of MSD Animal Health as its only Premium sponsor for some years, the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) has announced that SINTEF Aquaculture and Fisheries is its second Premium Sponsor. While EAS actively targets sponsors for its annual Aquaculture Europe event, the Premium Sponsors show their support of the society ‘as a whole’ – and specifically of its objectives – with a financial contribution that allows EAS to offer reduced membership fees for young persons and for those working in relatively low income countries. The President of SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, Karl Almås, is pleased to show SINTEF’s support for EAS. “Collaboration and participation in EAS is important to us in SINTEF as it is an industrial organization with a strong research focus which is vital to us and our research partners in
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EU. This sponsorship makes clear our commitment and we look forward to strengthening our work in EAS through this agreement”, says Almås. The EAS President Elect (becoming President in September), Kjell Maroni is also pleased to have a second Premium Sponsor, especially one from Norway. “It is very good to have a technology oriented research institute as SINTEF from Norway on board as a Premium sponsor. EAS need the contribution from Premium sponsors as an important basis for the economy in addition to normal members”, he says. “Premium sponsors are also important to make EAS more known in the aquaculture industry in Europe.” As Premium sponsors, SINTEF will be promoted through the EAS web site and its publications, but also at the AQUA 2012 (September 1-5 in Prague) and AE2013 (August 9-12 in Trondheim).
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