High Energy Mariculture Europe focuses on technology

18 Oct 2018

How to successfully maximise production offshore through technology.

Day one of the High Energy Mariculture Conference 2018 in Corfu saw presenters focus on the latest technology in offshore operations and examples of successful offshore farms

Conference Chairman Langley Gace and Dr. Beyhan de Jong of RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness started the day discussing the history and future of high energy open ocean aquaculture and factors of change in the global industry. Langley provided an insight into the critical success factors for open ocean farms, which were echoed by Vasilis Gontzes, General Manager of conference sponsor, Fitco S.A. He added that offshore farming needs specialised equipment such as robust cages and moorings, to cope with demanding conditions at sea.

With aquaculture now the fastest growing, youngest and most dynamic protein production industry, Dr Beyhan de Jong concluded the opening session by covering the development of fishmeal alternatives, such as algae, insects, bacterial proteins and GM canola. She discussed factors contributing to aquaculture growth, including the demand for sustainable, high protein, high omega-3 animal protein sources, and innovation across the entire value chain.

The first and second sessions focused on the role of technology in successfully maximizing production offshore. New submersible fish pens, successful partnerships between aquaculture and other industries, such as brass manufacturing, and the impact of copper alloy cages on fish were presented, while offshore farming company representatives explained how their farms have found success through product quality, certifications and suitable business models.

Closing the second session, Langley added, "It's only recently that we have been able to put together a number of delegates who can present successful case studies, proving to the rest of the industry that there are viable business models in offshore aquaculture."

Highlighted in the third sessions was certification programmes such as BAP and ASC, their value and how responsible farming can be connected to consumer choice. Sun Brage described how certification helps to add value to a product through continued promotion, marketing, transparency and collaboration throughout the supply chain.
Marking the official end of the first day of the conference, guests were welcomed the conference dinner at Danilla Village by Marianne Rasmussen Coulling, Events Director at Mercator Media, before cultivating new connections and catching up with familiar faces over an outdoor buffet.

Day Two will bring a selection of further presentations in business development and investment, site selection, hatcheries, breeding and genetics and feed and fish health

For more information please contact the events team on +44 1329 825335 or email conferences@offshoremariculture.com