The aquaculture industry is the fastest growing food production sector in the world and is an important component of world food security. A strong science and knowledge base is needed to inform management practices and guide the development of a sustainable aquaculture industry.
In the ICES area, the science focus has evolved from developing the biological basis for aquaculture (developing species and mariculture systems) to assessing aquaculture and environmental interactions.
Dialogue with all partners is central to assess gaps and needs, and add value while avoiding duplication of efforts.
The ICES Aquaculture dialogue meeting took place 1–2 June in Bergen Norway and brought together industry, stakeholders, managers, scientists, and others from the ICES community to discuss a common future developing the science needed to support sustainable aquaculture.
The meeting focused on promoting dialogue on specific themes emerging from an introductory panel discussion. Breakout groups worked to develop ideas on how collaboration and future work can be shaped. Invited guests contributed presentations to provide context.
The aim of the dialogue meeting was to establish links between industry and managers for on-going communication of science needs and assessment, to clearly identify how the ICES advisory system can be used to support sustainable aquaculture development, and to highlight the benefits of transatlantic information exchange on aquaculture issues.
Lumpfish, known to eat sea lice, are farmed in salmon cages. Photo: Maricult AS.