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Sustainability and Algae: Is the Future of Aquaculture Green?

By 2020, the UN says, we will need to farm half the fish we consume globally and by some estimates 40% of the fish we eat is already farmed in some way. This is good news for consumers.

Marine proteins offer a stable food source with the potential to be produced in an environmentally responsible manner and be free from contaminants.
Aquaculture can provide the food for the future, but to last this food must be produced sustainably. At Alltech’s 28th Annual International Symposium, held May 20 – 23 in Lexington, Kentucky industry experts from around the globe discuss solutions to the issues facing aquaculture.
“Aquaculture is enormously important and remains the fastest growing industry, with 2011 seeing record highs in consumption. Fish currently contributes over 16% of the world’s protein needs and as consumers become more health and sustainability conscious, this level will continue to rise,” said John Sweetman, co-chair of the aqua seminar at the symposium.
“It is essential that, as an industry, we plan for this future and that we take full advantage of new technologies, such as algae production, developments in immunity and the role that genetics plays in nutrition.”
The Aqua focused session topics will include:
  • The Ocean Challenge – Finite resources and the next generation of aquafeeds – what will 50 million tonnes of aquafeed look like in 2020?
  • Interfacing immunity, intestinal health and performance
  • Replace fishmeal – Can the power of algae provide a solution?
  • Bridging the immunity-disease knowledge gap
  • Who cares about aquaculture sustainability? – Smarter thinking about meeting the challenge
  • The global nature of mycotoxins – How the movement of grains and people make for a problem that travels at the speed of a plane.
Featured presenters at the Aqua session will be
  • Simon Davies, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom;
  • Marisol Izquierda, ULPGC & ICCM, Spain;
  • Shuichi Satoh, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan and
  • Edison Serrano, BioMar Chile, Chile.
The event is expected to draw more than 2,500 delegates from around the world making it the industry’s largest symposium.

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