One of the factors that may contribute to the lack of positive growth in the aquaculture sector, is the lack of cooperation between operators. This may be regarding production, promotion and market intelligence or training and knowledge management including open access publications. Turning policy into growth can be achieved through diminishing competitive forces through common actions using regional cooperation, public/private partnerships and other initiatives that help to reduce conflicts.

A video and summary report of the conference can be found here Aquaculture Europe 2017 conference.

Mr. Konstantinos Bovolis, I2S & BlueBRIDGE project, presented the work performed by the BlueBRIDGE project to support the aquaculture sector in the session Cooperation in research infrastructures II that took place on 18 October 2017 @11:50 am CET (presentation available on SlideShare or below)

Additionally, Mr. Thiakoulis, on behalf of BlueBRIDGE, contributed to the discussion of the Additional Contributions II session with the presentation "BLUE ECONOMY: NEW GENERATION TOOLS FOR AQUACULTURE" that took place on 20 October 2017 @2:30 pm CET.

Aquaculture is one of the biggest food producing sectors providing over 50% of the world’s fish consumption. Global production is forecasted to increase from 45 million tons in 2014 to 85 million by 2030, making the aquaculture industry the fastest growing animal food production sector in the world.
However, there are major challenges that have to be addressed:

  • maintaining the economic viability of the sector by reducing costs and increasing production
  • guaranteeing high quality food and animal welfare
  • addressing environmental concerns.

All aquaculture producers are concerned on how to improve the performance of their companies in terms of cost, feed conversion, growth rate and mortality and at the same time, be sustainable and environmental friendly.

The BlueBRIDGE presentations gave an overview of the theoretical framework designed for the development of integrated e-tools for aquaculture production aiming at sustainable solutions in this area. The purpose of these tools is to provide innovative data services that will benefit all the stakeholders of the aquaculture sector. The aim is to support

  • Companies to maximize the growth rate, reduce costs and minimize the impact on the environment
  • Investors to make efficient identification of strategic locations of interest and select the most profitable investments
  • Governments and environmental agencies to evaluate the current situation and define policies
  • Researchers to  generate new knowledge and evaluate the practical indicators of aquafarming performance

The full abstract of the presentation is available at the following url: http://data.d4science.org/VWQ5Ym9SZEQ0NWFiVnY5aWxjYXhENDhVbXlmYmZOcGFHbWJQNStIS0N6Yz0 

Mr. Konstantinos Bovolis presentation in the session Cooperation in research infrastructures II at Aquaculture Europe 2017 conference