Focus on Greece at High Energy Mariculture

Previous conferences have been held in Europe, Asia and the Americas

With Greece emerging as a key player in the European mariculture industry, Corfu is a prime host location for the 2018 High Energy Mariculture conference. Greece’s aquaculture sector is poised for investment and the conference highlights operating in high energy sites, equipment, adding value, and maximising profit and utilisation.

Greek finfish farming directly employs 12,000 people and recent restructuring of the Greek aquaculture sector has led to the governmental and not-for-profits implementing strategies aimed at increasing the Greek aquaculture sector’s production to over 200,000 tonnes by 2030.

The conference’s key speakers are Dr Beyhan de Jong and Langley Gace, who are opening this year’s event.

Dr Beyhan de Jong is a leading analyst at Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research department, focusing on the global seafood sector covering aquaculture, wild catch, seafood trade, and alternative proteins, and her keynote will focus on ‘Factors of change in the global aquaculture industry’.

Dr de Jong has authored reports on the effects of the US/China trade war on the seafood trade, the outcomes from the Brussels Seafood Expo Global, innovation in aquaculture feed and on wider aquaculture trends.

Langley Gace is the senior vice president of InnovaSea, a technology and services provider of innovative, environmentally-focused sustainable solutions for the aquaculture industry. InnovaSea’s technology is used by Open Blue (Panama), Earth Ocean Farms (Mexico) and Blue Ocean Mariculture (Hawaii).

Having worked in aquaculture technology development for high performance fish pens, operating equipment, support services and copper cages, he now leads business development at InnovaSea.

His keynote will cover the history and future of High Energy Open Ocean Aquaculture.

The conference provides senior stakeholders with a meeting place to learn about and address the vital components of the supply chain of medium/high volume production, ranging from hatchery to farming to the value added and distribution network of the final product.

Ideal location

Corfu is seen as an ideal location to host the first High Energy Mariculture conference, as 69% of total fisheries production in Greece is from aquaculture and of 1045 aquaculture facilities in Greece, 36% are marine fish farm sites.

“This year’s High Energy Mariculture Conference in Corfu will provide attendees with a platform to meet, learn and discuss key topics on the changing shape of the progressing high energy mariculture market, with a European focus,” commented Mercator Media Events Director Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling.

“With every sector that makes up the high energy mariculture industry represented, this is an essential event in the diary of fish farmers and services providers alike.”

Corfu Sea Farm hosts inaugural HEM technical visits

An integral part of the OMC and HEM conferences is the technical visits on the third day. These have proved to be highly popular features of the conferences, and the Mexico conference in 2017 incorporated a visit to a tuna and striped sea bass processing facility, a boat tour to an offshore facility and a tour of Ocean Baja Labs yellowtail hatchery.

The Singapore event earlier this year took delegates to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore – Marine Aquaculture Centre Hatchery and the Barramundi Asia farm.

In Corfu attendees will be able to visit the farm and packaging facility of Corfu Sea Farm, one of the region’s leading sea bass and sea bream exporters, producing 500 tonnes per year.

HEM is the only mariculture conference which provides an opportunity to see first-hand how a local producer operates – extending the learning away from the conference venue and allowing additional networking between attendees.

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