Aqua-farming will be saviour for world’s seafood lovers – Fishupdate.com

Aqua-farming will be saviour for world’s seafood lovers Published:  01 February, 2005

Farmed seafood is set to be the salvation for Scotland’s fisheries,including endangered cod, was the key message today at the launch of the Scotland’s premier aquaculture conference, to take place in Edinburgh in April.

The aquaculture industry in the Highlands and Islands in

particular is set for a boom time according to aquaculture specialist Dr

Malcolm Dickson.

Dr Dickson, the aquaculture editor for leading professional magazines

Fish Farmer and Fish Farming Today, said: “The development of new

farming systems to cultivate a wider range of fish and shellfish

species, combined with the continued expansion of markets for seafood

products is leading to a new phase of rapid expansion in the aquaculture

sector”.

He added: “World aquaculture production will exceed wild fisheries

production (seafood caught by fishermen) by 2020, according to the Food

and Agriculture Organisation. Scotland’s aquaculture industry will play

a part in this expansion, bringing increased job creation and

sustainable economic benefits to communities throughout the Highlands

and Islands. Aquaculture is a fast moving industry and Scotland is

perfectly poised to take the lead on the European stage.”

The inaugural Aquaculture Today conference (13 – 14 April 2005), the

only conference serving all sectors in the aquaculture industry, will

bring together fish farming experts from across Europe to chart a course

towards a bright future for the industry.

“A six fold increase in UK farmed cod production is predicted in the

coming year,” continues Malcolm Dickson, the technical co-ordinator for

the conference. “European production is predicted to rise to 25 000

tonnes by 2008 and according to recent research carried out by the

Scottish Executive, production from the shell fish farming sector could

be increased 100 fold with no detrimental environmental effects.”

The marketing of farmed seafood will be a key topic for the two day

conference. Domestic and export markets for seafood have been boosted

by the year round availability of farmed produce. Research shows that

* Omega-3 fatty acids in fish reduce coronary heart disease

* Fish oils improve infant development and are shown to relieve

some of the symptoms of ME or arthritis

* A regular diet of oily fish such as salmon or mackerel may

reduce symptoms of asthma.

“Fish is very, very good for us,” continues Dr Dickson. “Research study

after research study demonstrates than we should all eat more seafood

and this presents an enormous opportunity for the Scottish aquaculture

industry. This conference will bring together experts and practitioners

from across the UK to explore the key issues affecting aquaculture

businesses including the regulatory environment for aquaculture,

environmental responsibilities, aquatic animal health and aquaculture

markets. Aquaculture Today 2005 is a pioneering event which will

provide delegates with an opportunity to hear from key industry

presenters and will provide a constructive and sociable forum for

discussion, culminating in clear resolutions for the future.”

The Aquaculture Today Conference takes place on 13 and 14 April 2005 at

The Marriott Hotel in Edinburgh. Further information about the

conference can be found at www.aquaculturetoday.co.uk

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