Happening here: World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014

By / 4th of June, 2014
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WORLD Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 will attract thousands of international attendees to South Australia's leading seafood producing regions during a five-day conference of industry speakers, workshops, tours, awards and more.

It's the first time that Australia has hosted the World Aquaculture Society for fifteen years. The conference will centre on the state capital Adelaide, as well as touring the hub of Australian aquaculture in Port Lincoln.

Researchers, academics, industry analysts, government officials, policy makers and industry members will deliver talks, exchange ideas and promote the future of the industry as a whole.

In addition, tours of South Australia's other areas, such as the famous Barossa and beyond, are available to visitors who wish to experience the wide-ranging tourism and premium food and beverage industries.


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Sessions

The conference will cover almost every aspect of aquaculture and running a business.. Farming tuna, oysters and plankton cultures are a few of the panels and talks presented by researchers.

Advice on growing aquaculture businesses through marketing and media, how to operate in other countries, biosecurity information sessions, and how-tos on scientific writing are a few of the other sessions during the conference.

Full list and timing for conference sessions.
 

Workshops and tours

Research tour, Adelaide (SARDI and Flinders University). Date: 12 June 2014.

The tour will provide attendees with the ability to view South Australia’s capability in relation to aquatic animal research in the aquaculture area and observe the innovative projects that are being conducted in relation to aquaculture.

Technical Tour - Port Lincoln. Dates: 12-13 June 2014.

No trip to South Australia would be complete with out a visit to the aquaculture capital of the state, Port Lincoln. An exciting array of prospects organised by the local industry awaits those who attend. Tours of Abalone, Yabbie and Oyster Farms, as well as fish hatcheries and marine science centres are some of the options available to attendees.

Plenary presenters

Jose Villalon

Jose Villalon is Corporate Sustainability Director at Nutreco, based in The Netherlands. Jose received his Master of Science degree in Fish Nutrition at the University of Washington; then went on to 27-years’ experience farming tropical white shrimp in the Virgin Islands, Ecuador and Mexico.

He then joined the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) and led its’ Aquaculture Program for six years. He now has nine months as the Corporate Sustainability Director with Nutreco and will assist Nutreco accomplishing its 2020 vision of sustainability.

Charlie Arnot

Charlie Arnot is recognized as a thought leader in food and agriculture. He is highly regarded as both a writer and sought-after speaker who engages audiences across the globe. Charlie has more than 25 years of experience working in communications, public relations and issues management within the food system.

He also serves as CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system.

Awards program

World Aquaculture 2014 will host the National Aquaculture Council’s Australian Aquaculture Awards - the Awards recognise and reward Australasian Aquaculture excellence in a number of categories:

1. Aquaculture Science Research

2. Aquaculture Production

3. Aquaculture Service Provider

4. New Product / Technical Innovation

The Awards will take place at the President’s Reception on Tuesday 10 June at the Adelaide Oval.

Follow the Lead for more up to date information on the World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 conference, including research and industry news from South Australia.

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More...
  • In 2010/11 the aquaculture industry became South Australia’s leading producer of seafood, contributing almost 54% of the State’s total value of seafood production.
  • This figure – an increase of 5% compared to the previous year – equates to $229 million of the State’s total seafood production value of $426 million, with the remainder ($197 million) contributed by the State’s wild catch fisheries.
  • Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) continues to be the largest single sector in the industry.
  • The SBT sector accounted for almost 55% of the State’s gross value of aquaculture in 2010/11 production – a 22% increase on the previous year – with total production valued at $125 million.
  • This is followed by the Oyster and Marine Finfish sectors, which account for 16% and 12% of total production value respectively.
  • Overall, there has been positive growth across most sectors, with, the value of production increasing for SBT, Finfish, Oyster, Abalone, Marron and Yabbies, while the Mussel and Freshwater Finfish sectors recorded a slight decrease.
  • The Eyre Peninsula, west of Adelaide, maintains its position as the centre for aquaculture in South Australia, employing 67% of the 1,113 full time equivalent positions directly employed by the sector.