Get to­gether

Fish Farmer - - Contents -

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.


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