Conference on Competitive and Sustainable Aquaculture

Dimensions and Tools of Competitive and Sustainable Aquaculture in Northern Europe

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The conference was organised by the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. A separate Workshop on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, also financed by the NCM and organised by Technical University of Denmark (DTU), was linked to the conference (www.NordicRAS.net). Together, these two consecutive events formed the Aquaculture Forum. The conference brought together 125 participants from thirteen different European countries. There was broad representation from the aquaculture sector in Europe: central and local administrations, research institutes, universities, industry and a range of other organisations.



Keynote: Aquaculture on the global scale and the state of aquaculture in the Nordic countries

In the opening keynote, Brian Thomsen briefly summarised the global state of aquaculture. Consumption of fish food per capita has increased in recent years, while supply from fisheries has decreased. Currently, aquaculture accounts for almost half of the global fish food supply and is the fastest growing food producing sector in the world. Annual aquaculture production is 53 million tonnes and was worth USD 98 billion in 2008. About 87 per cent of this production is carried out in Asia, and China alone produced nearly 33 million tonnes of aquatic food. The growth in aquaculture production on the other continents is still quite moderate. However, there is an increasing need for aquatic food production. Given the projected population growth, an additional 40 million tonnes is needed by 2030 to maintain the current per capita consumption.


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