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Aqua 2012 Preview
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INDUSTRY EVENTS: PREVIEW
he AQUA events are co- What can participants
organised by EAS and expect to see and do?
WAS every 6 years. AQUA This is the biggest general aqua-
2012 succeeds the 2006 event in culture event so participants can
Florence, Italy and the 2000 event expect to see a lot. There will be
held in Nice, France. The event almost 600 oral presentations and
comprises an international sci- 400 posters on display as well as
entific conference, an interna- 90 trade booths and numerous
tional trade exhibition, work- workshops. There will also be the
shops for aquaculture producers, opportunity to go on farm tours in
forums organised by students and the Czech Republic.
by the European Commission I’ve been to Prague a few times
Directorate General for research in the course of organising AQUA
and many other workshops and 2012 and before. It really is a beau-
meetings. tiful city, with many things to do
The overall theme for this year’s and see. Hotels and restaurants are
meeting is ‘Global Aquaculture: plentiful and not expensive. .
Securing our future’.
With so many industry
Presentations by the two
plenary speakers, Petter Arnesen shows, why should people
and Geoff Allan, will provide attend AQUA 2012?
industry and science perspectives There’s increasing competition
on the different aspects of the between industry shows and scien-
theme, which has obvious impli- tific conferences but AQUA 2012
cations for global and regional Who is the event aimed at? of the AQUA 2012 theme, while has developed something different. It
food security and aquaculture AQUA 2012 is a global aquac- Geoff Allan, of the Depar tment brings together both of these elements
trade. It also refers to economic ulture event so it is aimed at the of Primary Industries in Australia and shows how aquaculture is devel-
and environmental sustainability global aquaculture community. This and who is a past president of the oping across disciplines, so that people
and the image of aquaculture includes scientists, producers, sup- World Aquaculture Society, will working in one research area or sector
activities. pliers and policy makers and legis- focus on the scientific perspectives can listen to sessions on other disci-
lators who want the latest scientific of the theme. plines and activities. In short, it gives a
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.
What are the themes of
There are different ways of Visit us at
Alistair Lane, Executive Director, interpreting the theme, ‘Global booth 47
European Aquaculture Society, Aquaculture: Secur ing our
explains the history of AQUA events future’.
and what’s going on at AQUA 2012 One way is food security. This
is an issue for developing coun-
Tell us about AQUA 2012 tries but also for the USA and
The European Aquaculture Europe because they rely heavily
Society (EAS) is one of the two on imports.
co-organisers of AQUA 2012. It The event will also look at the
incorporates the EAS “Aquaculture image and perception of aquac- The best balance
Europe” and the WAS “World ulture. It is generally positive, but
For close to 30 years, we have been striving to bring you the best
Aquaculture” events. In addition, the actual production activities of balance between dry diets and live food, between market needs
the University of South Bohemia is the sector are not generally well- and innovation, between consistency and high quality.
It is what makes us unique and your most reliable
our local organising partner. AQUA understood by consumers. partner in today’s market.
2012 is the third AQUA event, suc- AQUA 2012 will also address
ceeding meetings in Florence in the management of resources -
2006 and Nice in 2000. notably water and feeds – but
In Prague, we hope to build on the also human and market resources
successes of previous events, with with an emphasis on education
high participation, good science, a and managing knowledge. This
well-attended trade event and gen- brings us to the plenary speakers:
erally favourable perception from Petter Arnesen of Marine Harvest
attendees. will give an industry perspective shapingaquaculturetogether
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really help solve the trade press that could bring some of
problems of water, or good news to the general public.
space and GM asso- Aquaculture research findings do not
ciated with using generally get well communicated
terrestrial plants.. outside of our sphere, so we need to
C o n s u m e r s m a y do that better. Political will to develop
also have issues with aquaculture in Europe seems to be at
farmed fish eating an all-time high, so we should use this
feeds predomi- opportunity to spread the knowledge
nantly made from we are generating to support policy
ter restr ial plants and develop a balanced (legislative)
that could them- framework for the sector.
selves be used for
It would be more
natural for farmed
aquatic animals to
eat (farmed) aquatic
plants… At AQUA
2012 there will be
several sessions on
wider, helicopter view of the develop- everything runs smoothly. I will try to nutrition, looking at
ment of aquaculture. sit in on a few sessions but, I’m not novel raw materials and ingredi-
sure that I will have the time. ents in fish feeds. Plenary speaker Petter Arnesen,
What are you most excited One of things that interests me Breeding Director, Marine Harvest
about for AQUA 2012? is the potential to use of macro How has the event I have been working in aquacul-
We have an excellent manage- algae (seaweeds) as protein and changed and developed? ture for almost 25 years. The salmon
ment team with John and Mary lipid sources in feeds. Developing We have lots of successful press and industry began around 40 years ago
Cooksey and with Mario Stael, and algae as feed ingredients rather media partners but we would also and has developed greatly over the last
I work with them to make sure that than using terrestrial plants could like to develop contacts with non- 20 years. Now it is relatively successful
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INDUSTRY EVENTS: PREVIEW
in Scotland and Norway but there are However, tradition fisheries are A second Premium Sponsor for EAS
salmon industries in Chile, the Faro on the decline so there is a gap
Islands and British Columbia amongst between the requirement and what aving enjoyed the support EU. This sponsorship makes clear
others. It is still a learning curve but we traditional fisheries can produce. of MSD Animal Health our commitment and we look
have come a long way. This gap has to be covered by as its only Premium forward to strengthening our work
As the Breeding Director at Marine aquaculture and as a result, good sponsor for some years, the in EAS through this agreement”,
Harvest I use traditional breeding production sites are needed. This is European Aquaculture Society says Almås.
methods rather than GM. The easier said than done. For example, (EAS) has announced that SINTEF The EAS President Elect
salmon industry is one of the last in in Norway, the authorities are in Aquaculture and Fisheries is its (becoming President in September),
Europe not to use GM products in charge of giving out sites but there second Premium Sponsor. Kjell Maroni is also pleased to have
the fish or the feed. At the moment, are very few granted each year. While EAS actively targets a second Premium Sponsor, espe-
there is a fair bit of opposition to GM At Aqua 2012, I will be speaking sponsors for its annual Aquaculture cially one from Norway. “It is very
food from consumers and retailers about the challenges associated Europe event, the Premium good to have a technology oriented
even though there is no scientific with aquaculture in general and Sponsors show their support of research institute as SINTEF from
evidence that salmon is affected by also point out some of the major the society ‘as a whole’ – and spe- Norway on board as a Premium
GM. Yet for the feed industry, it is achievements in aquaculture such cifically of its objectives – with a sponsor. EAS need the contribu-
getting harder and more expensive to as feed, genetics and the environ- financial contribution that allows tion from Premium sponsors as an
source GM-free raw materials. ment. EAS to offer reduced member- important basis for the economy
The main issues in aquaculture In the future, I will be working ship fees for young persons and in addition to normal members”,
today are feed resources including on solving the challenges faced for those working in relatively low he says. “Premium sponsors are
raw materials that go into feed and by aquaculture. There is great income countries. also important to make EAS more
the management of farms. promise in breeding and genetics. The President of SINTEF known in the aquaculture industry
There is a fair bit of aquaculture There are new tolls coming along Fisheries and Aquaculture, Karl in Europe.”
regulation the EU but the main chal- such as a genomics. The salmon Almås, is pleased to show SINTEF’s As Premium sponsors, SINTEF
lenge in the EU is to have more genome is now being sequenced support for EAS. “Collaboration will be promoted through the
sites of production. At the moment, and will hopefully be completed and participation in EAS is impor- EAS web site and its publica-
the EU imports 65 percent of its in the next year. This will give us a tant to us in SINTEF as it is an tions, but also at the AQUA
seafood. Going forward, the EU will new tool to use in our breeding industrial organization with a 2012 (September 1-5 in Prague)
have to increase its production. work. strong research focus which is vital and AE2013 (August 9-12 in
to us and our research partners in Trondheim).
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