OSM conference statement to the FAO
This year’s OSM conference
Mercator Media’s Offshore Mariculture Conference went swimmingly this year – it culminated in a statement requesting the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) conduct an assessment of the access and operational frameworks for open ocean mariculture in the high seas.
During the conference, it became clear that the industry wanted a recommendation to better encourage work towards mariculture in waters beyond any one nation’s EEZs. The Turkish government offered to formally convey the request to FAO.
The Statement adopted at the conclusion of the Conference drew from a number of preceding declarations – including the 2010 Global Conference on Aquaculture, the Phuket Consensus of 2010 and the Colombo Declaration of 2011, all of which have emphasised the critical role for aquaculture in feeding the world, stimulating economic development, providing employment and reducing existing negative impacts on the marine environment.
Most recently, the Bremerhaven Declaration of 2012 spoke specifically of the need for increased research, development, investment and policy frameworks for open ocean aquaculture.
The 4th Offshore Mariculture conference held between 17-19 October in Izmir, Turkey, attracted more than 130 fish farmers, researchers, manufacturers, consultants, investors and industry experts from over 25 countries.
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