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Aquaculture event attracts seafood’s top players Published:  23 February, 2007

The Australian seafood sector will be represented at the event

TOP players in the global seafood industry are set to converge on Edinburgh in April to attend the UK’s leading aquaculture conference.

Aquaculture Today 2007 will be attended by high profile figures from the British, European, North and South American, Middle Eastern, Australian and New Zealand seafood sectors.

The event – which includes a conference, exhibition and gala industry awards dinner – has become one of the highlights of the industry calendar.

High profile speakers will discuss seafood branding and marketing, public relations, salmon prices, market developments, the latest research, innovative products and new technologies.

Following an evening of networking on April 17, the conference will open on April 18 with a keynote speech from leading expert in brain chemistry and human nutrition, Dr Michael Crawford.

The first session, Reaching the Consumer, will focus on seafood, the brand; the industry’s PR, health message and attitudes of consumers today. Executive Director of the European Aquaculture Society, Alistair Lane will chair the session.

The speakers in this session are: Karol Rzepkowski, Managing Director of Johnson Seafarms; Doug McLeod, Chairman of the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers; Mark Burgham of the Aquaculture Management Directorate in Fisheries and Oceans Canada; and Steven Tait, Head of Sales and Marketing, Freedom Food.

The second session, Market Developments, will focus on the UK market within the international context: new markets, prices, legislation, trade restrictions and export potential. Chairman of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, Clive Askew will lead this session. He will be joined by: Karen Galloway, Marketing Director, Sea Fish Industry Authority; Martin Jaffa of Callander McDowell; Prof Colin A. Galbraith, Director of Policy and Advice, Scottish Natural Heritage; and Birgitte Sorheim, Marketing Manager, Fish Pool ASA.

On Thursday, April 19, Ian Grant, Chairman of The Crown Estate will open the second day of the conference.

The day’s programme will begin with a session on Fish Welfare & Environmental Issues. This session will focus on key research including the Seventh Framework Programme, diseases and their prevention, vaccinations and environmental systems. Prof. Randolph Richards, Director of the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, will chair the session.

The speakers are: Mario Santos of the Directorate General Research in the EU Commission; Dr David Verner-Jeffreys of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science; Prof. Patrick Smith, Scientific Advisor, Schering Plough; and Mark Taylor, Environmental Management Consultant, Thistle Environmental.

The final session will be chaired by International Fish Farm Consultant, Dr Malcolm Dickson and will focus on International Initiatives. The speakers will discuss new products, technologies and systems worldwide, developing markets and offshore opportunities. Dr Dickson will be joined in this session by: Arun Lavi, Business Development Manager with Israel-based Atlantium Ltd; Jose Manuel Bernales, CEO of Landcatch Chile; Donal Maguire, Aquaculture Development Manager, BIM; and Dr Kim Jauncey, Senior Lecturer, University of Stirling.

The winners of the Aquaculture Today Fit for the Future Awards will be announced at the Gala Industry Awards Dinner, which will be held on the evening of April 18. The shortlist for the 2007 Crown Estate Scottish Salmon Farmer Awards will also be announced at the Gala Dinner.

Aquaculture Today 2007 will be held from April 17-19 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh. For more information and to book your place go to: