Offshore Mariculture 2017 a resounding success

Attendees gather in front of SEPESCA stand (Middle to right - Christy Walton, Earth Ocean Farms' Pablo Konietzco, SEPESCA Director of Aquaculture Luis Gonzalez, Langley Gace of InnovaSea and Roly Morris of Cuna del Mar.

Attendees gather in front of SEPESCA stand (Left to right) - Chris Kruse and Todd Madsen of Blue Ocean Mariculture, Christy Walton, Earth Ocean Farms' Pablo Konietzco, SEPESCA Director of Aquaculture Luis Gonzalez, Langley Gace of InnovaSea and Roly Morris of Cuna del Mar.

More than 200 attendees of 20 different nationalities joined the conference over the 4 days and had nothing but praise for the first edition of the Offshore Mariculture Conference outside of Europe.

"I had the honour to participate as a speaker at this conference and it was a great surprise to find a high level of technical presentations and attendees. A wonderful place, a very professional organisation, very good local food and I had the opportunity to share with the leaders of the World Offshore Mariculture. Congratulations to the organization and the local authorities for developing this exceptional event"

Rodrigo Sánchez, Executive Director, Ocean Arks Tech

"It was a truly outstanding conference that by far exceeded all expectations. All participants I interacted with agreed that it was an extremely productive experience. It was also a lot of fun. Impeccable"

Daniel Benetti, Professor and Director of Aquaculture, University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

This year’s programme was packed with experts willing to share their industry knowledge with attendees. Speakers presented on a range of topics; from complex discussions on nutrient balance in feed products to insightful sessions on market trends and investment. Following each session, the speakers remained on the stage to take part in Q&A, which offered the unrivalled opportunity for audience members to take advantage of their expert knowledge and clarify certain aspects of the presentations.

Speakers during the two and a half days of presentations revealed that “the future lies in offshore”; “food production needs to meet the global demand”; “aquaculture needs to be accessible on any scale and have minimal environmental impact”. Essentially, shifting aquaculture offshore ticks all the right boxes in terms of efficiency and environment; but there are still barriers.

The success of the Mexican edition of OMC is in part thanks to the high calibre support that the event received as well as tireless work from the Mexican organising team at CESAIBC. The State Governor for Baja California, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid opened the conference thanking the local ministries INAPESCA, CONAPESCA, SEPESCA as well as the World Aquaculture Society for their support, and expressed the honour that Mexico feels to be the first host outside of Europe.

If you would like to refresh your memory on some of the sessions, the presentations and papers will be available to download next week.

Stay tuned for details of the next Offshore Mariculture Conference which will follow in the coming months.

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