Global outlook focus of forum


A SEMINAR focusing on the outlook for aquaculture in the world beyond Europe will be held in Edinburgh in May.
The event will include insights into aquaculture’s role in securing global food security, and also provide examples of international collaboration in the industry.
Organised by 5m Pulbishing and the Fish Site, the seminar will take place at Dynamic Earth on May 29, ahead of the 2019 Aquaculture Awards at the same venue.
Nigel Balmforth, 5m’s head of publishing, said: ‘Although we don’t yet know the full impact of the UK’s (possible) departure from the EU, our aquaculture sector is increasingly looking for additional opportunities that lie beyond the Continent.
‘With over 90 per cent of the world’s aquaculture production, and markets for aquaculture products, situated outside of Europe, a selection of high calibre speakers will offer insights into areas of global relevance to the industry.’
Speakers will include Kolbjørn Giskeødegård, senior seafood analyst at Nordea Bank; Melanie Siggs of the Global Aquaculture Alliance; and Patrick Blow, aquaculture manager at Marks & Spencer.
Nicki Holmyard, owner and founder of Offshore Shellfish, will take the audience on a whistle-stop tour of global aquaculture production; and Dave Little, Professor of Aquatic Resources and Development in Stirling University’s Sustainable Aquaculture Group, will provide a run-through of some prime examples of international collaboration and cooperation in the sector.
Clifford Spencer, goodwill ambassador for the African Union – New Partnership for Africa\’s Development (NEPAD) and chairman of Aquaculture without Frontiers, will give a presentation about engagement with Africa.
The event is set to include a number of Q&A sessions and the chance to discuss the possible highs and lows of a departure from the EU. Further details are set to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The event is free, but spaces are limited. For more information contact Rob Fletcher ( or Ksenia Warnett (


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