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The European Parliament held a stakeholder meeting on the current challenges facing the aquaculture sector, with emphasis on production. The speakers included fish farmers representing marine aquaculture in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean to pond farming in the Czech Republic, with additional experts from Hungary, Belgium, and Croatia.
Dr. Halasi-Kovács of the NAIK Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Hungary underlined in his presentation, the potential of freshwater aquaculture. Presenting some general trends in the EU, he said, 85% of aquaculture production originates from marine sources while only 12 percent is from freshwater production. Production from pond aquaculture has not grown in the last decade within the EU, although globally freshwater aquaculture production constitutes 60 percent of total farmed fish production, while marine production contributes less than 30 percent.
Fish farming may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Bill Gates, but the philanthropist has made an investment in Greek aquaculture company Philosofish, Ekathimerini.com reports. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has already supported Greek-owned fund Diorasis, which already has invested in Philosofish (formerly Bitsakos Fish Farming) and has also invested in WorldFish, focusing on fish farming in the developing world, so aquaculture is no new thing.
Philosofish is now the second largest Greek seabass and sea bream farming company thanks to the European Commission’s approval last year of rival Andromeda’s acquisition of Selonda and Nireus. The three-way merger could only be sanctioned through the sale of Nireus and Selonda assets to a third party. One of these was Philosofish, which subsequently added 12,000 tonnes to its existing 5,000 tonnes annual capacity in addition to taking over other assets. Sources say that additional funding by a top investment entity may find its way to the Greek company in the near future.
Following scientific meetings at a series of “Workshops on Gamete Biology in Aquaculture” in 2014, 2016 and 2018, a new concept called “International Symposium on Reproduction in Aquatic Animals (REPROAQUA 2020)” will be organized on 22-24 October 2020 in Trabzon, Turkey. The theme of the symposium is “Aquatic Genetic Resources: Importance, Threats and Conservation”. This international scientific event, to be held every two years, will be a platform for discussing scientific studies, current developments and problems related to the reproduction of aquatic animals and will also provide an opportunity for academicians, students, and industry representatives to exchange information. The event will avoid parallel sessions, enabling all participants to attend all presentations and follow the ensuing discussions. A poster hall will be available throughout the symposium and the programme will include a reception dinner, a Trabzon city tour, along with an excursion to Sumela (Meryem Ana) Monastery and Uzungöl (Uzun lake). More information is available at: www.ktu.edu.tr/reproaqua2020
Pond farming should be better acknowledged
This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 1 / 2020
Modern pond aquaculture production originates in the Danube basin, and in the European Union about 60% of it is still connected with this catchment area. The biogeographic features of pond aquaculture production define the spectrum of produced species and applied technologies.
Fishpond production dominates Hungarian aquaculture with an output of 81% of the total in 2018, according to the Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI). Fishponds are defined as artificial structures which can be fully filled and drained through their monks. The average fish pond is 30-40 ha in Hungary and there are mainly two types: barrage ponds in hilly areas and paddy ponds mainly on the plains.
Ambitious strategy charts out aquaculture development
This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 1/2020
Fish production in the Republic of Uzbekistan comes primarily from inland capture fishing and fish farming. The latter is mainly the extensive pond production of silver carp and common carp, but plans are afoot to expand this to other species using water-conserving technologies.
Uzbekistan is a landlocked country situated in the middle of Central Asia and has an area of about 450,000 km2. The country has a typical inland climate with marked seasonal temperature fluctuations, i.e. hot summers and cold winters. The average temperature in summer is about 27 оС often rising to more than 40 оС in the daytime, while the average temperature in February is -6 to -8 оС.
Better care of water resources would increase sector potential
Microalgae are of fundamental importance for life in the oceans. With their photosynthesis they are the first link in the marine food chains upon which the existence of life in the oceans is based. Under certain conditions, however, uncontrolled mass development of the tiny algae can occur. The resulting algal blooms often have serious ecological and economic consequences and can even be toxic.
This article was featured in EM 1 / 2020.
Eurofish Magazine issue 1 2020 features the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Norway, Hungary and Uzbekistan. The Species section looks at red king crab and whether it is a resource or a threat.
January / February 2020 EM 1
Country profile: Norway, Hungary, Uzbekistan
Events: World Tuna Conference 2020
Aquaculture: Climate change accelerated the development of algal blooms
Spicies: King crab - Valuable commercial resource or ecological problem?
Guest pages: Martyn Boyers - Grimsby Fish Market bids farewell to the EU but not to Europe - A hub for trade in cod and haddock
Made-to-measure for aquaculture
The African sharptooth catfish Clarias gariepinus is a hardy fish of modest needs that is not particular about its diet. Moreover it is an accessorial air-breathing fish that is sometimes to be found living in groups in the most confined spaces at great densities. Its protein- and omega-3-rich fillet tastes good, is healthy and can be processed in many different ways. All this makes C. gariepinus an ideal candidate for aquaculture and it is produced in considerable quantities worldwide.
This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 5/2019.