Eurofish Magazine 6 2016

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[ Events ] Aquafarm, 26-27 January 2017, Pordenone

Sustainable aquaculture, algaculture and aquaponics The new conference and exhibition, Aquafarm, will capitalise on Italian aquaculture expertise to attract participation from ­Southern and Eastern European and Mediterranean basin markets to Pordenone, a town 80 km from Venice in the Friuli Region, home of some of the largest farmed trout and seafood producers in Italy.


ccording to a European Union study, by 2030 aquaculture production in Europe will grow 41% for freshwater species and 112% for Mediterranean species, compared to 2010 levels. In both segments, Italy is one of the continent’s primary producers. The Italian aquaculture sector is actively working on both public and companyfunded research to increase product quantity and quality while reducing environmental impacts. Italian companies and trade associations are also actively partnering with emerging European and Mediterranean countries’ farmers and industries. Aquafarm aims to become a meeting point for researchers, industry leaders, public institutions, policy makers and investors, operating in aquaculture and related fields of algaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics and aeroponics.

Aquaculture c­ omprehensively ­covered at conference Aquafarm participants will be industry associations, large and medium fish farmer companies with innovative and sustainable products and processes, and suppliers of fish feed, equipment,

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drugs and vaccines. The exhibition area will host booths of fish farmer, suppliers, ­ associations, public institutions, universities and investors. Several sponsorship and exhibition packages are available tailored to the needs of every kind of participant, from fully-fledged corporate booths to contact desks and poster-like presence. Collective booths for country delegations are also available at special conditions. The conference agenda will be structured around fifteen thematic sessions, plus main and closing sessions, covering all aspects of aquaculture and related fields. Examples include tailoring production characteristics for food industry needs, new low-oceanic resources use feeds, genetics and genomics, zero-drugs fish farming, role of micro-algae in next generation fish feed, integrated culture of fish and vegetables in close-loop controlled environments (aquaponics) and many others. Conference sessions will include a balance of speeches and ­presentations by researchers, fish farmers, suppliers and user communities, such as food i­ndustry, packagers, logistics operators, retailers and consumers. For junior researchers and very early stage projects a poster area will be provided on the exhibition floor.

While primarily targeted at the Italian market, Aquafarm will host international speakers and case histories, from Eastern Europe and Mediterranean regions in different vertical sessions. The agenda will include an international session in English with associations and farmers from the entire Adriatic-Ionian Sea basin and representatives from the European ­Commission. From the research side, Aquafarm will be the scene for the presentations of interesting new results and programs.

Prof. Marco Saroglia, from the University of Insubria, will for example illustrate the early results of the 4F project, a privately funded research program that studies the impacts of more sustainable feed substitution on the farmed fish (initially trout and bass) growth, health and quality, and possible countermeasures based on integrators and induced modifications in the fish gut microbiota. More informations is available on

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