The Aquaculture We Want:
looking at the Future and Bringing Together Generations
An Aquaculture in Continuous Evolution
The Mediterranean and the Black Sea is a wide multicultural area with diverse traditions, customs and habits related to food production and consumption. It is also a region with diverse environmental conditions in relation to aquaculture. These diversities have not acted as barriers, but rather as enablers for open-minded cooperation towards the further development of aquaculture. Thus, the region has also become a hub for collaborative research activities bringing together many national academic and research institutions, often with the participation of the private sector (producing companies) and under the coordination and/or co-funding by international organizations. As a result, there have been impressive developments in technology and innovation for: a) improved farming performance (more cost-efficient production), b) more environmentally sustainable practices, and c) better market supply. Equally, through international cooperation and networking, better understanding of the blue foods market dynamics has been achieved, with relevant information readily available for use, by both producers and consumers, as well as policy makers.
With increasing demand for sustainable food production, farmer associations and producers are now called to play a pivotal role not only in food production, but for the society at large. As progress is a continuous and never-ending process, the role of aquaculture increases towards ever more positive societal impact. The increasing importance of aquaculture will also be celebrated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2022 that has been declared the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022) by the United Nations General Assembly.
Under this context and within the frame of IYAFA 2022, AquaFarm with the participation of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF), the FAO, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), and the Italian Fish Farmers Association (API), will organize the workshop “The Aquaculture We Want: looking at the Future and Bringing Together Generations ”. The workshop will take stock of the progress made by the aquaculture sector over time, distilling best practices from experience and traditions to ensure that future aquaculture practices will be more responsible and will contribute even more actively to the effort for meeting the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Different generations of blue food farmers, but also other stakeholders from research and administration, will exchange knowledge and experiences, and will discuss the future challenges of the sector. The workshop will also seek to outline what are the perceptions of the different generations towards the future of the sector and which lessons learned and suggestions can be shared in a vision whereby the sector continues to grow in a responsible and sustainable way.
The Workshop will be structured in two consecutive sessions:
Session 1. Setting the scene: Outlining Aquaculture between Past and Present
This session will propose some presentations delivered by keynote speakers outlining different aspects of aquaculture at global level and in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region to set the scene of the Workshop.
Session 2. Panel discussion: An inter-generations dialogue. The future of Aquaculture: Legacy and Opportunities
This session will explore the evolution of aquaculture over time by different perspectives through the experience and knowledge exchange of a number of panelists involved in aquaculture at different levels. The discussion will outline what should be expected for the future of the sector. The panel will be composed by representatives from aquaculture farmers, farmers’ organizations and administrations dealing with aquaculture (national and local level) covering multi-generation stakeholders.
With the participation of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF), the FAO, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), and the Italian Fish Farmers Association (API).