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AQUAFIMA and Aquabest conference “Sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region – boosting regional development while limiting environmental effects”

Final Conference 2 by Jordi Perdigó

The joint final conference of the projects AQUAFIMA and Aquabest was held in Mariehamn, Åland Islands on the 5 and 6 February 2014. In total about 120 participants from research institutions, policy makers, administration level, environmental sector and representatives of companies involved in aquaculture along the Baltic Sea Region attended the conference. The welcome of the conference was given by Carina Aaltonen, Minister for Environment at the Government of Åland and afterwards a plenary session on the present state and future role of aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region took place. Here presentations of Mr. Ole Torrissen (ICES / IMR), Mikhail Durkin (HELCOM) and Raimonds Vesers (EU Commission – DG MARE) were given. Afterwards, Matti Skor and Jouni Vielma, Lead Partner of the AQUAFIMA and Aquabest project introduced to important project results. In the afternoon a panel discussion on "Sustainable development of aquaculture in the light of a healthy Baltic Sea" was facilitated by Lovisa Selander (Baltic Development Forum). In here the speakers of the plenary session and also Ellen Bruno (Swedish Society for Nature Conservation) and Karl Iver Dahl-Madsen (Danish Aquaculture Organisation) took part in the discussion. The first conference day can be watched online here.

The second conference day was dedicated to go more into detail about AQUAFIMA and Aquabest project activities. In the morning an interactive session on “How do the projects partners contribute to sustainable aquaculture in their region?” was facilitated by Matti Skor by presenting the different activities of the project partners. Afterwards, all participants had the chance in parallel sessions to learn more and have deeper discussions on topics the projects have worked on.

Conference brochure and programm

Conference documentation

Plenary Session - Presentations

Present state and future role of aquaculture in the Baltic Sea - Ole Torrissen (ICES / IMR)

Aquaculture in the context of protecting Baltic marine environment - Mikhail Durkin (HELCOM)

EU Aquaculture Policy - Raimonds Vesers (EU Commission - DG MARE)

AQUAFIMA - Summary of the Project - Matti Skor (LGMV)

Aquabest recommendations - developing responsible aquaculture in the Baltic Sea - Jouni Vielma (RKTL)

Baltic Sea Farming - an Industry Perspective - Karl Iver Dahl-Madsen (Dansk Akvakultur)

Parallel Sessions

IA - Environmental regulation of aquaculture and stakeholder attitudes

Development potential for incentive-based aquaculture regulation - P. Granholm

Case study of Natura 2000 in Latvia and analysis of the aquaculture development restrictive aspects in the Baltic Sea Region - D. Shabayeva and K. Maulics

Stakeholder and their opinions on aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region - U. Eskelinen

Prospects for voluntary responsibility schemes in BSR aquaculture - A. Ekroos, S. Salo and V. Leskinen

Regulation Frameworks for the BSR Aquaculture - Nordic Countries Comparison - A. Ekroos and I. Paavola

Regulation frameworks for the Baltic Sea Region aquaculture - I. Paavola and K. Relve

IB - Spatial planning for sustainable aquaculture and its role for regional development

Growth Strategy of Danish Aquaculture Production - L. Plesner and K.I. Dahl-Madsen

Actual and potential aquaculture locations in the Baltic Sea - S. Krüger

State of aquaculture in the North-Western Russia - N. Popov

Aquaculture in hydropower reservoirs - consequences for ecological status and nutrient fluxes on the catchment scale - T. Vrede

Spatial planning, search for space to achive sustainability - E. Olofsson

Integrating aquaculture into the MSP in Estonia - challenges and opportunities - R. Aps

IC - Adopting new technologies for BSR aquaculture

Mussel farming technology in the Baltic Sea - D. Abrahamsson

Nitrogen removal in RAS farms for Baltic Sea coastal farming - K. Suhr

Spreadsheet tools for economical feasibility assessment of aquaculture ventures - M. Kankainen

Robust cage technology for Baltic Sea offshore conditions - M. Kankainen

A guide on marine aquaculture - J. Borthen

Feasibility Study Belarus - P. Nielsen

IIA - Closing the nutrient loop of aquaculture

Stakeholder views on nutrient neutral aquaculture feeds for the Baltic Sea farming - R. Broström

Closing the nutrient loop: The Baltic case -  A. Kiessling

Feeding turbot based on regional sources from the BSR - A. Danwitz

IIB - Education in the field of aquaculture

Training for RAS technology - DTU intensive course - A. Jokumsen

Basis curriculum, interuniversity co-operation and student exchange - H. Palm

E-Learning modules in aquaculture: perspectives for student education in the BSR - H. Palm

Exhibition "Regional fish by aquaculture" - S. Krüger

IIC - Enhancing attractiveness of aquaculture among the BSR and its economic potential

The role of aquaculture in supply chains - M. Frederiksen

Active marketing of domestic fish products by local newtworks and value chains - U. Korich

Making aquaculture visible in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - G. Proba

Fish tourism as a branch of aquaculture in Estonia - T. Paaver

Curonian Lagoon - a case study - A. Kontautas

Raising public awarness of aquaculture - F. Stoll