THIS issue didn’t set out to be an innovation special but it is hard to avoid discussing novel concepts in aquaculture, whatever the geographical focus, as the industry embraces new technology, and new husbandry, to meet its challenges.
Innovation was a main theme of the recent AquaVision, mentioned by most speakers at some stage. Several young entrepreneurs brought their radical ideas and inventions to the conference in Stavanger in search of investment and support from many of the biggest aquaculture companies, whose CEOs must have been impressed by what they heard.
Two young Norwegians told current leaders how they thought the sector should look in the future, and you could almost sense the baton being passed from one generation to the next.
Collaboration was the other big theme of AquaVision, with calls from across the world, from Ecuador to Kenya to India, to join forces to increase the production of more sustainable supplies of protein.
In Scotland, collaboration is also a very relevant topic this month, as a new group is formed bringing together wild and farmed salmon interests to try to build common ground. We talk to its chairman, John Goodlad, and wish him all the very best in the formidable task ahead.
JENNY HJUL – EDITOR