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Offshore Mariculture Conference 2012: Not One to be Missed

TURKEY - The fourth Offshore Aquaculture 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.

The Ministry will also arrange and host the Conference Gala dinner on 17 October 2012.

Delegates from nearly 25 countries, and from as far and wide as Australia to Indonesia to The Lebanon will be in attendance and include fish farmers, suppliers, industry organisations, researchers and manufacturers. Furthermore the three largest fish farming companies in Turkey have signed up to attend along with other fish farming organisations from across the world. They will all come together to discuss the latest research on what to farm, to be updated on the latest technologies and research, to learn from the experiences of those already farming offshore and to network with peers from across the sector.

The Conference will be chaired by Neil Sims, co-Founder and co-CEO Kampachi Farms, and the programme will include the following invaluable presentations:

  • Sustainable planning and development of cage farming and shellfish farming
  • Development and integration of new species
  • Feed for high energy cages
  • Development and integration of: wind energy projects, open ocean culture of macroalgae
  • Latest developments in cages and netting
  • Turkish offshore aquaculture: planning, execution and success stories

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, will be held on the first day of the event. 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 of the discussion 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.

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.

Any delegates intending to participate, who have not already registered are advised to do so as soon as possible as places at the event, and in particular on the fish farm visit, are limited.

Lucy Towers

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