Conference focuses on ‘nature-positive’ aquaculture

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The Fishmongers’ Company is hosting a free one-day conference in London on Thursday 30 November, to turn the spotlight on nature-positive shellfish and seaweed farming. The aim is to showcase the many benefits of this form of aquaculture and to highlight the exciting potential for investment in a growing industry.

The Company said the event is for anyone seeking a nature-positive, carbon-friendly addition for their funding portfolio, and anyone with an interest in this dynamic sector.

Dr Eleanor Adamson, Fisheries Programme Manager at the Fishmonger’s Company said: “The conference will enable professionals, policymakers, government, researchers, aqua farmers and industry experts to get together to discuss and strategise how to accelerate low-trophic aquaculture in the UK.

“This is a priority in the UK Multi Annual National Plan, and the English Aquaculture Strategy, yet major funding institutions have yet to gain sufficient confidence to provide finance for future projects.”

The event, which will be held at Fishmongers’ Hall on London Bridge, will look at the vision for aquaculture in the UK; explore the UK’s marine policies, strategies, and the burgeoning potential for blue investments; and focus on the strategies enhancing ecological aspects of aquaculture, with an emphasis on biodiversity, restoration, and diverse farming ecosystems.

It will also investigate cutting-edge innovations in aquaculture, spanning nutrient trading, market development and commodity potential, and look at progressive dialogues on global conservation frameworks, pioneering models for sustainable aquaculture, and the influence of major market distributors.

A panel discussion on the opportunities, challenges and collaboration opportunities in the UK’s aquaculture sector will round off the day.

A first-class panel of expert speakers from science, finance, government, Crown Estate, marine industries, tech and nature conservation is being lined up to ensure the event makes its mark.

One of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London, the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers has been closely linked to London’s Fish Trade for well over 700 years. Today the Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust supports a wide range of projects and grants spanning education, conservation, fisheries, aquaculture and the seafood trade.

More information about the event can be found on the conference page, on the Fishmongers’ Company website. Entry to the conference is via the waiting list, also on the website.

Fishmongers’ Hall, London

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