Key themes from day one in Corfu

Collaboration, innovation and emerging opportunities discussed at High Energy Mariculture.

At the conclusions day one in Corfu, the three key themes highlighted as the takeaways from an audience poll were:

Collaboration

The industry needs to work together to maintain successful operations. Knowledge sharing and peer-reviewing results and data would be vital to ensure that emerging technology and innovations are accepted by those within the sector and consumers of the products produced.

Innovation

Several presentations highlighted the rapid growth of the mariculture sector and that innovation is playing its part in sustaining its long-term success. Innovation is not being limited to cage technology where new materials (such as brass and copper) are being used but also feed (highlighted by Beyhan de Jong in her keynote) and in how the harvested fish is being used beyond consumption. This was discussed by Gunnar Thordarson from Matis in Iceland, using the Icelandic Cod example of how over $40 is achieved from that species which previous only achieved $10 through leaner operations and utilisation of bi-products.

Opportunities

With demand for fish rapidly increasing, fish farming is now the fastest growing food protein in the world. This presents great opportunity to those operating or supplying the sector. China is emerging as one of the high demand countries. The session discussing successful operations highlighted how there is a place in the industry for small, medium and large producers.

These key aspects highlight the important role that High Energy Mariculture conference plays in this ever-developing industry.  The conference media partner – World Fishing & Aquaculture has a full round-up of each session from day one here.

If you missed out on the conference in Corfu, the proceedings will be available to purchase in the coming weeks. Live coverage of day two can be found on twitter @world_fishing.