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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.

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Sustainability – Success in competing for coastal and freshwater resources and recycling of nutrients

In this session, the sustainability of aquaculture was considered mainly from space and feed perspectives. The basis of sustainable aquaculture is the location of suitable places for farming activities. It affects fish welfare and the efficiency of operations and everything in between. It can also diminish the side effects of farming like prevent eutrophication of area. Farmers have to compete with other users for water areas and conflicts between them are a common problem in Nordic countries. Local officials can also have lack of knowledge on aquaculture operations. This causes difficulties for farmers in terms of acquiring new licences. Spatial planning of coastal areas has led to positive results in solving area conflicts in Norway. Environmental stakeholders also share the opinion that this tool is useful. This knowledge has now spread also to fresh waters as part of the AQUABEST project in the Baltic Sea region.

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