Brussels Briefing on Fish-farming: 3rd July

‘Is fish-farming the new driver of the blue economy?’ – this is the question the next Brussels Development Briefing – organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concordwill tackle.


Join us on Wednesday, 3rd July at the ACP Secretariat (in Brussels) to hear what experts such as Rohana Subasinghe of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and David Little from the University of Sterling, UK have to say on the matter. Fisheries experts including Sloans Chimatiro from The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Milton Haughton of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism will also examine successes and share lessons learned from the field.

If you cannot be in Brussels on 3rd July, you can still follow the Briefing live online via webstreaming. The link will be announced on the day of the event.

You can download the detailed program of the event, as well as a brief research note on the topic here

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8h30-9h00 Registration

Introductory remarks: Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat; Director, European Commission; Director of CTA

9h00-10h45 Panel 1: Fish-farming: the pathway towards a blue revolution?
This panel will provide an overview of the key concepts, existing systems and challenges and opportunities in aquaculture, especially for ACP countries. It will address the main issues involved in the aquaculture sector in terms of food and nutrition security, health management and sustainability of the sector. Chair: ACP ambassador

Overview of the significance of fish-farming sector: challenges and opportunities
David Little, Professor of Aquatic Resources and Development, University of Stirling, UK

Aquaculture nutrition: addressing the long-term sustainability of the sector
Patrick Sorgeloos, Professor of Aquaculture, Ghent University, Belgium

Risk analysis and health management in aquaculture
Rohana Subasinghe, Senior Aquaculture Officer, FAO

Organic aquaculture and sustainable fisheries – ecolabelling and aquaculture certification
Marc Prein, Advisor for the “Promotion of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture”, GIZ

10h45-11h00 Coffee Break

11h00-13h00 Panel 2: Proven successes in Fish-farming and lessons learned from the field
This panel will present proven actions in fish-farming in the various regions along with lessons learned and best practices which could be upscaled or replicated in areas related to regulatory frameworks, national and regional trade regimes and innovation systems.
Chair: ACP ambassador

Drivers of success in aquaculture across Africa
Sloans Chimatiro, Senior Fisheries Advisor, NEPAD

Opportunities for aquaculture development in the Caribbean
Milton Haughton, Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)
Watch below a video interview CTA Brussels conducted with Milton Haughton on the fisheries sector in the Caribbean:

Aquaculture development: trends and successes in the Pacific
Tim Pickering, Inland Aquaculture Specialist, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

Concluding remarks

Networking lunch

2 thoughts on “Brussels Briefing on Fish-farming: 3rd July

  1. Im not sure that fish farming is that sustainable. They have tired with tuna in pens as we all know but there are mixed views on the impact .

  2. Please I need a help to establish fish farming project in my village Big-Ada in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana to enable the youth in the village to gain some job to earn a living.

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