Integrating offshore mariculture and renewable energy
The first presentation of day two of the 2014 Offshore Mariculture Conference was delivered by Neil Sims, president of the Ocean Stewards Institute and CEO of Kampachi Farms, who presented his paper on water quality monitoring via telephone from Hawaii.
He gave delegates an outline of the Ocean Stewards Institute's white paper on water quality monitoring and the available science on water quality impacts around open ocean mariculture sites. He made the point that "fearmongering", mainly by NGOs badly affects the public's perception of aquaculture.
Benen Dallaghan gave an interesting presentation on an organic salmon farming project in Galway Bay. Benen is responsible for GIS at BIM (Irish Sea Fisheries Board) and he explained to delegates the use of GIS as part of the site selection process for the proposed farm.
M. E. J. Zorriehzahra presented on the Viral Nervous Necrosis disease as a new threat in the aquatic ecosystem in the Caspian Sea.
Yngvar Olesen discussed how feed supplies can be produced for an expanding aquaculture industry in the future. In his concluding remarks he noted that it is likely to be the industrial biotechnology companies that will produce the feed resources in 2040, and that the feed companies will likely continue to develop and optimise feed formulation. He also asked the question, will biotechnological companies take over feed producers, or will it be the opposite?
Juan Antonio Gonzalez from Skretting Southern Europe looked at lowering productions costs, with optimising feeding as a way of addressing this challenge; and Stephen Page discussed hydraulic feeding (feed mixed with water), the challenges involved and the next steps to be taken in this area.
The afternoon session featured several speakers involved in renewable 'blue' energy. The interesting concept of multi-use platforms, and preliminary project results were presented, and research into Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) was also discussed. There is clearly great potential for integrating offshore mariculture and renewable energy in the future.
The final presentations gave an insight into the application of modern netting materials in offshore cages, and a case study on the Gaeta fish farm and a video of the farm in operation. These final two presentations were given by Darko Lisac from Refa Med Italy, and Alessandro Galioto from Azienda Ittica San Giorgio srl, respectively.
Finally, the conference was closed by Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling who announced that plans are already being made for the Offshore Mariculture Conference 2015. Initial plans are for the event to be held in Mexico in June.
The third day will see the majority of the delegates visiting the Italian P2G fish farm to see a working fish farm in operation.
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