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International line-up set for Corfu mariculture conference

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This year's High Energy Mariculture Europe conference, which is taking place in Corfu, is set to feature speakers from a variety of countries, including the USA, Iceland, Australia and Israel.

High Energy Mariculture Europe (HEM) will welcome a range of speakers from across the globe. From the USA comes Tyler Sclodnick, senior scientist at InnovaSea Systems Inc, who will be discussing how geospatial analysis can be used to help select the best site for operations. Donna Lanzetta, founder and CEO of Manna Fish Farm, will cover her groundbreaking first open ocean finfish farm in federal waters off the US East Coast. Donna will focus on the regulations and political issues encountered while selecting their operation sites, how they overcame this, and the considerations made to make it a success.

Taking an alternative look at offshore sites will be Katherine Hawes, Principal Solicitor and Barrister from Aquarius Lawyers in Australia. Katherine will use her expertise in aquaculture legislation to discuss how international law can affect high energy sites and how farms and operators will be able to trade and sell the ocean, just as land is currently dealt.

Icelandic representation comes from Matis, a technology and development organisation who have been instrumental in the emergence of maximising the utilisation of cod by-products. Speaking on Matis’ behalf will be Gunnar Thordarson, who will talk about how the Icelandic operations are developing the by-products into a further revenue stream, in addition to how it can also be applied to other species.

Finally, Josef (Yossy) Melchner, CEO at GiliOcean Technology based in Israel, will discuss the company’s joint ownership and operations of "Open Sea Aquaculture" farm, the largest single array system in the world, located 15km off Israel's southern coast, with a capacity of 2000 tonnes per year.