FRESHWATER AQUACULTURE: Nature-based solutions

As a recent EUMOFA study reveals the importance of the freshwater aquaculture sector is underestimated in Europe. Aquaculture in fishponds (mainly for carp production) and flow-through systems (mainly for trout farming) are the major types of freshwater aquaculture in Europe. Both types of production are currently undergoing significant changes to explore the potentials and to meet environmental, social and economic challenges. Combined intensive-extensive (CIE) systems provide good opportunities to achieve an increased fish production without compromising existing ecosystem services of fishponds and strengthening circular bioeconomy. Recirculated Aquaculture Systems (RAS) enable a more efficient use of freshwater resources and can also be integrated into the carp supply chain. Improved freshwater aquaculture systems contribute not only to the better food supply but also provide employment opportunities in rural regions while maintaining European landscapes and cultural heritage.

The EATiP Forum on Freshwater aquaculture addressed new trends, systems and technologies that contribute to a more efficient use and protection of freshwater resources – in Europe and at a global level.


Welcoming address:

  • by David Bassett | EATiP and László Váradi | HUNATiP 

Opening talks:

Thematic presentations:

Q&A, moderated by László Váradi | HUNATiP 

Conclusions and closing remarks


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DIGITALISATION IN AQUACULTURE – FROM VISION TO ACTION

Presentations are now online.

 

Enabling technologies adapted to sector-specific challenges have the potential to create high-impact innovations. More specifically, the digital transformation of the aquaculture sector, applying tools such as cloud services using big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence, has the capacity to increase the sector’s efficiency.

The forum focussed on how improvements in precision farming, farming practices and profitability can be attained by using data technologies, and how increased forecasting and modelling capabilities may improve the management decisions.

Please find below the presentations made by innovative aquaculture businesses and leading researchers with an introduction to the wider context and application of big data by the European Commission.

Presentations:

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CULTIVATION OF SEAWEED AND MICROALGAE – WEBINAR PRESENTATIONS

The development of low trophic species aquaculture has been identified as key to obtaining significantly more food and biomass sustainably. At a European level, the Starfish Mission and the Farm to Fork Strategy have set targets to decarbonise the ocean and to reduce the food system carbon footprint respectively. Innovations in cultivation of seaweed and microalgae can contribute to reach those ambitious targets.

The EATiP Forum was co-hosted by two of its Mirror Platforms, i.e. the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) and the Irish Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (IATiP). Jointly, speakers from across Europe shared innovations within the area of seaweed and microalgae cultivation.

Welcome by the EATIP, Alexandra Neyts

Q&A from audience


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INNOVATIONS TO SUPPORT FISH WELFARE – WEBINAR PRESENTATIONS

 

Europe has one of the world’s highest standards of animal welfare. It provides the European aquaculture sector with a competitive advantage in the consumer’s search for safe, healthy and environmental-friendly food products. The Farm to Fork Strategy, which is at the heart of the European Green Deal, is aiming to strengthen this position. The EATiP Forum highlighted a set of smart solutions and digitalization tools to achieve better monitoring, control and management for different aquaculture systems, both at sea and on land.

The presentations can be viewed by clicking on the titles below.

The forum was organised in collaboration with the EU funded project AQUAEXCEL2020.


Presentations:

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AQUAFEED OF THE FUTURE – WEBINAR OCTOBER 30TH

The first virtual EATiP Forum in a series of webinars related to aquaculture topics of high importance for the sector was held on October 30. More than 150 participants from 100 entities throughout Europe joined the event. Short talks about innovations in the the production of insect, single-cell protein and algae based fish feed were combined with Q&A sessions and surveys on the expected impact of the different solutions.

Please find below the presentations:

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AQUAFEED OF THE FUTURE – WEBINAR OCTOBER 30TH

The Farm to Fork Strategy aims to reduce the environmental and climate impact of animal production, and to support the ongoing transition towards more sustainable livestock farming. Therefore, the European Commission will facilitate the placing on the market of sustainable and innovative feed additives. EATiP acknowledges the limitations on specific resource supplies for compound feeds. In addition to contributing to the sustainability of the sector, it is critical that alternative feed ingredients should not reduce the dietary and health attributes of the final product. The aim of this webinar is to show the potential of new ingredients for aquafeed, to highlight innovations in the use of algae, insects and single-cell proteins as promising feed ingredients and to stimulate discussions and potential project collaboration among attendants.

The forum is organised in collaboration with the EU funded project AQUAEXCEL2020.


Agenda

Welcome by the EATIP

Opening talk.

The potential of new ingredients for aquaculture – a review of the current situation. Alex Obach | FEFAC / Skretting ARC

Insects

  • Insects in Aquaculture market. Adriana Casillas | CEO in MEALFOOD Europe
  • Effect of black soldier fly meal inclusion on production of pikeperch  AQUAEXCEL2020. Laura Gasco | University of Turin

Single-cells

  • Microfood for macrochallenges. Allan LeBlanc | CALYSTA
  • LSAqua protein source for rainbow trout diets  AQUAEXCEL2020. Paula Sole-Jiminez | LSAQUA

Algae

  • Unlocking the magnificent potential of algae in functional aquafeeds. Jorge Dias | SPAROS LDA

Open discussion. Chair: Yolanda Molares, Cluster ACUIPLUS

Webinar conclusions