Aquaculture expected to become ‘dominant' – Fishfarmer Magazine

Aquaculture expected to become ‘dominant’11 June, 2010 –

ON THE final day of the AquaVision conference in Stavanger, Norway, Professor Frank Asche said he expected aquaculture to become the dominant seafood supplier within a decade or two.

Professor Asche, who reached his conclusion by drawing together results from worldwide market research, said: “The potential for increased production seems larger for aquaculture than other food-producing technologies.”

Professor Asche, who was the co-author of an article on sustainability and global seafood in Science earlier this year, said he expected aquaculture to achieve its dominance through long-term growth without damaging the ecosystems in which it operates.

“There is nothing inherently unsustainable with aquaculture, as long as the producers choose to operate on a sustainable basis,” he said.

Also on the conference’s last day, the AquaVision Innovation Award was presented to Australian firm Marine Inspector & Cleaner for their revolutionary new method for cleaning fish farm nets.

Marine Inspector & Cleaner’s totally new cleaning device for nets, easily operated by one person, is a longed-for invention for fish farmers, it was said, as clean nets contribute to better health, fewer parasites and better fish growth.

Due to the speed and ease of operation, nets can be cleaned on a regular basis, resulting in minimal fouling growth, said Dr Robert Kirschbaum of DSM, which set up the prize.

Bringing the conference, attended by 340 delegates from 26 countries, to a close, Knut Nesse, executive vice-president of the Nutreco Aquaculture/Skretting Group, said: “Aquaculture is a winning industry, there is no doubt about that. Aquaculture is the blue revolution. We are able to supply a growing population with healthy food, but our industry is also fantastic if you look at value created.”