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An Opportunity to Shape the Future of Offshore Aquaculture

21 September 2012, at 1:00am

TURKEY - The programme at the Offshore Mariculture Conference will include an important plenary discussion on The Governance of mariculture in International Waters which will feature Neil Sims, Kampachi Farms, Harald Rosenthal, Programme Chair: Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven, Germany and Alessandro Lovatelli, Aquaculture Officer, FAO.

With input from the conference delegates, international developmental actions will be specified and agreed on together with a clear indication of the important role an international organisation should assume or be responsible for.

The aim will be to formally adopt a statement that will be a call to action for agencies to start to develop the governance structure for aquaculture in International Waters.

Delegates from more than 25 countries and from as far and wide as Australia to Indonesia to The Lebanon have already confirmed their places at the fourth Offshore Mariculture Conference. Fish farmers, suppliers, industry organisations, researchers and manufacturers will all come together to discuss the latest research on what to farm, to be updated on the latest technologies and research and also to learn from the experiences of those already farming offshore. Furthermore the three largest fish farming companies in Turkey have signed up to attend along with other fish farming organisations from across the world.

Following two days of technical conference, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a visit to one of Turkeys largest and most successful producers, Camli/Pinar who are based in Izmir.

The visit will incorporate a tour of a processing plant in Isikkent, Izmir, with a presentation on their processes and methods. Delegates will be able to discuss the presentation over a buffet lunch before travelling to the esme hatchery. From here, delegates will be taken to view the offshore fish farming cages, where there will be opportunity to explore the cages in detail and to participate in a question and answer session with the farming managers.

The Conference will be chaired by Neil Sims, Kampachi Farms, and the full conference programme is now available to view online at www.offshoremariculture.com.

The Conference will be held in Izmir, Turkey on 17-19 October 2012 and will be supported by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, the Central Union of Turkish Aquaculture Producers as well as the European Aquaculture Society, the European Technology and Innovation Platform, the Global Aquaculture Alliance and the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers.

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