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Business and science for a sustainable European aquaculture

Today aquaculture products already account for a high proportion of the total international fishery yield. Aquaculture supplies to the world population is becoming increasingly important. Such strong growth includes both opportunities and risks, but also requires new ideas as well as safeguards and quality regulations.

The local, national and international economy must adapt itself to the fact that main emphases move for producers and consumers due to globalization of markets. The participation of German as well as European partners needs to be defined newly. “Locally established – globally networked” must be the motto for the future. 
The AQUA CULTURE FORUM BREMERHAVEN 2012 – 2013 focuses on these issues and brings together international business and science for a prestigious four-part series of events in support of developing a sustainable European aquaculture.

Located by the sea Bremerhaven historically has a close connection to fish and the fish industry. With the decline of the German high seas fleet and the increasing overfishing of the oceans the traditional fisherying lost its significance for Bremerhaven. However fish processing still forms an stronghold in the region. In Bremerhaven the Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI), the Hochschule Bremerhaven and the Institute for Navy Resources with the Center of Aquaculture (ZAF) have researched in the field of aquaculture for a long time. Chances for a solid German participation in the further development of this sector are seen in the national and European networking between potential partners.
The AQUA CULTURE FORUM BREMERHAVEN provides ample opportunity for future-oriented positioning within the subject areas in focus. The participants will jointly formulate recommendations for a “BREMERHAVEN DECLARATION” which is meant to serve as a guideline while defining future options and risks.

The AQUA CULTURE FORUM BREMERHAVEN takes place in spring and autumn of 2012 and 2013, respectively. Up to 150 international participants from science, economy and administration are expected to attend each workshop. The forum therefore networks comprehensive scientific competence with economic know-how and takes into account the necessary national and international legal requirements.

The content of the AQUA CULTURE FORUM BREMERHAVEN is prepared by and updated through a high-profilely scientific programme committee lead by Prof. Dr. Harald Rosenthal. The worldwide renowned fishing biologist and marine researcher is supported by Dr. Uwe Brämick, director of the Institute of Inland Fisheries, Prof. Dr. Bela H. Buck, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Prof. Dr. Ulfert Focken, vTI, Prof. Dr. Maria Koch, Deutsche See GmbH, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Saint-Paul, ZMT, Annette Schimmel, BIS Bremerhaven Economic Development Company Ltd., Prof. Dr. Carsten Schulz, GMA Society, Prof. Uwe Waller, HTW University of Applied Sciences Saarland, Dr. Bert Wecker, University of Rostock, Dr. Helmut Wedekind, Director Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft, and Dr. Sven Würtz, IGB Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries.

With the AQUA CULTURE FORUM BREMERHAVEN 2012-2013 these experts jointly developed a series of workshops which focuses on future-oriented key issues concerning chances and risks of aquaculture development:

Workshop I, March 26 – 27, 2012

From visions to reality: the future of offshore farming.

Workshop II, October 15 – 16, 2012
The jungle of labels: do we need to label the labellors ?

Workshop III, February 18 – 19, 2013

The future of fish nutrition. Technology issues: high versus low-tech or integrated systems ?

Workshop IV, September 23 – 24, 2013
New species or new products ? Are these alternatives in aquaculture development?

With these issues the AQUACULTURE FORUM BREMERHAVEN 2012 – 2013 offers the platform for a broad knowledge- and technologytransfer between forward-looking scientific research and the aquaculture industry. A sustainable aquaculture development, that faces the globcal competion, can only be achieved if one responds with high energy- and ressource efficiency while acting in a coordinated manner. Such approach will also ensure the local survival and growth of this economic sector.

More information and online registration:

The AQUACULTURE FORUM BREMERHAVEN 2012 - 2013 is co-financed by the
EUROPEAN UNION European Fisheries Fund EFF – Investment in sustainable fisheries
and the 
Ministry of Economics, Labour and Ports of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Supported by
EAS European Aquaculture Society

BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH
Dr. Mathias Grabs
Am Alten Hafen 118
27568 Bremerhaven
phone: +49 (0)471 – 946 46 741

Workshop I, March 26 – 27, 2012: From visions to reality: the future of offshore farming

The “Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven“, designed as a four-event series of workshops, will start with a a future-oriented aquaculture topic which can serve as a model for modern, innovative and integrated approach to the development of this industrial sector. Experts from around the world have been invited. These are pioners in the development of offshore farming systems. Although still in its infancy of an anticipated long developmental period, there are already today a diverse array of different forms of offshore systems under testing and several even in commercial use.

The first session of the Workshop will receive two global overviews (Dr. Allistair Lane; Executive Director, European Aquaculture Society and Professor Patrick Sorgeloos, University of Ghent, Belgium), dealing with the trend in European aquaculture development  in general, thereby setting the scene for discussing the new approaches on offshore farming.

A world-wide overview on the state-of-the-art of open ocean farming will be given by Professor Costa-Pearce (Rhode Island; USA), not only addressing technological aspects but also logistic and environmental issues. 

This overview will be followed by experience reports made with several systems, including optional strategies to link open ocean aquaculture with other research users such as energy (Professor B. Buck, Bremerhaven). This approach will also be addressed by our Norwegian expert (Dr. a. Fredheim, Sintef, Trondheim). The state of the art of “offshore“-culture technology  and design will also be reviewed, considering different requirements for fish and shellfish as well as systems for macro-algae. 

Several contributions are from European countries other than Germany and from the USA. However, also quite a few contributions originate from Germany, indicating the growing competence of German institutions and operators. Subjects addressed include planning issues (economics, economy of scale, technical planning, obstacles and opportunities) while also focussing on legal aspects. 

Presently, the energy industry takes a critical look at the potential interlinking of windparks and aquaculture production. There is still a nned to clarify a set of issues. Also, practioners will present their views. Professor Lüning will share his views on options to build-up offshore macro-algae farms at larger scale. Certainly, time has come to consider more seriously visionary and highly innovative concepts on open ocean farming systems. The lead-times for such new developments are certainly long. It seems therefore essential to engage in these options at an early stage to reach a sustainable and critical mass of the industry even in industrial countries such as Germany. It is for this reason that we take a timely and realistic look into the future of this  evolving aquaculture branch.

The options on the future of offshore-aquaculture need also to be assesssed in light of the development and requirements of an adequate support industry. These needs have not yet been seriously evaluated. During the second day a special session with all speakers,  programm committee members, practioners and the audience will discuss the pros and cons in light of the state of knowledge and experience. We anticipate that future-oriented recommendations will be formulated. We expect a lifely discussion, identifiyng potential and realisic options for both research and industry, addressing short-term, mid-term and long-term requirements fort he development. The results of this discussion forum will be included into the “Bremerhaven Declaration“ on „Open Ocean Aquaculture“.

To participate in this worlshop seems to be highly attractive for all those who are interested in aquaculture development in general, while the specifics of offshore technology will share many common features with the conventiona and established forms of coastal aquaculture and cross-links seem to offer challenging opportunities. 


Uwe Kiupel
BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für
Investitionsförderung Stadtentwicklung mbH
Am Alten Hafen 118
27568 Bremerhaven
Tel.: 0049 471 94646330

[only available in german] Workshop I startet am 26. März 2012 mit über 100 Teilnehmern aus dem In- und Ausland

[only available in german] Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven startet am 26./27. März 2012 mit über 100 Teilnehmern aus dem In- und Ausland

Über 100 Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer aus dem In- und Ausland erwartet die Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft BIS zur ersten Veranstaltung in der Reihe „Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven“. Die Mehrheit der Vertreter aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und öffentlicher Verwaltung kommt zu dieser Fachkonferenz aus dem Ausland, die meisten aus Europa, aber auch Vertreter aus den USA und Israel sind dabei. 
An den beiden Tagen der ersten Veranstaltung diskutieren die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer unter dem Titel „Open Ocean Aquaculture Development“ die Zukunft der Offshore Aquakultur. Dies ist der Auftakt zu der insgesamt vierteiligen Veranstaltungsreihe „Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven 2012-2013“, die im Oktober 2012 und im Folgejahr fortgesetzt wird.

Das Thema ist hoch aktuell. Aquakulturprodukte haben heute einen hohen Anteil an der Produktion der Weltfischerei. Zukünftig wird Aquakultur bei der Versorgung der Weltbevölkerung immer mehr an Bedeutung gewinnen. Die zukünftigen Erfordernisse einer nachhaltigen Aquakulturentwicklung in Europa interessiert längst nicht mehr allein die Fachwissenschaftler, sondern ist auch für die regionale Fischwirtschaft von besonderer Bedeutung

Aufgrund der stark wachsenden Aquakulturbranche können auch die dafür zur Verfügung stehenden Küstengebiete die Nachfrage nach neuen Farmgründen nicht langfristig decken. Zudem kommt es vermehrt zu Konflikten mit anderen Interessensgruppen in diesen Bereichen. Als Konsequenz daraus liegt die Erschließung küstenferner Gewässer nah: „Offshore Farming“. 

Wichtige Erkenntnisse und neue Nutzungskonzepte wurden in den letzten Jahren gewonnen und in Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Interessensgruppen entwickelt mit dem Ziel, die zur Verfügung stehenden Offshore-Ressourcen nutzbar zu machen.

Auf dem 1. Workshop des Aquakultur-Forums in Bremerhaven (26.-27. März 2012) werden Entwicklungen zum Thema „Open Ocean Aquaculture“ zur Diskussion gestellt und kritisch auf ihr Potential hin geprüft. Forschungsergebnisse wie auch die Meinungen potentieller und bereits bestehender Nutzer werden vorgestellt und erörtert. In einer sich daran anschließenden Podiumsdiskussion sollen die vielschichtigen Meinungen und Interessen aller Steakholder diskutiert und in Form eines Positions-Papiers, das den Titel „Bremerhaven Declaration“ tragen wird, zusammengefasst werden.

Der 1. Workshop eröffnet damit eine 4-teilige Veranstaltungsreihe, die zunächst die Möglichkeiten der (Offshore-) Aquakultur vorstellen und dabei mögliche Kooperativen mit verschiedenen Interessensgruppen wie z.B. der Offshore Windenergie- und/oder der Tourismusbranche aufzeigen wird. 
Die nachfolgenden Workshops (October 2012, Frühjahr und Herbst 2013 – siehe Webseite „www.aquaculture-forum.de“) werden andere Schlüsselthemen zur Aquakultur vorgestellt und diskutiert werden.

Die „Bremerhaven Declaration on Open Ocean Aquaculture Development“ wird auf den zunehmenden Missstand zwischen Angebot und Nachfrage ebenso eingehen wie auf die notwendige nachhaltige Aquakulturproduktion hinweisen und Wege hierzu aufzeigen. Weiterhin wird auf mögliche Kooperationen zwischen verschiedenen marinen und estuarienen Ressourcennutzern eingegangen werden und mehrere neue Offshore-Lösungen hierfür vorgestellt werden. 

Durch die Bündelung von Expertisen aus den Bereichen Technik, Soziales, Ökonomie, und der Praxis der Aquakultur, die sowohl in Küstengebieten operiert als auch bestehende landbasierte Aquakulturanlagen betreibt, sollen neue Ansätze für die künftige Entwicklung diskutiert werden. Insbesondere die pro-aktive Verfolgung eines „Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture” Ansatzes (IMTA) im Co-Management mit anderen Interessensgruppen könne die Offshore-Aquakultur direkt und(oder) in Kooperation mit der konventionellen  Aquakultur- Gesamtproduktion effizient steigern und nachhaltig gestalten.

Erstklassiges Programm
Die Tagungsgäste werden am Montag, 26.3. 2012 im Technologiezentrum t.i.m.e.Port II vom Bremerhavener Oberbürgermeister Melf Grantz und bremischen Wirtschaftssenator Martin Günthner begrüßt.  Danach geht es in die Fachvorträge. Der Tag endet im Rahmenprogramm mit einer Besichtigung des Deutschen Auswandererhaus. 
Am zweiten Tag stehen Präsentationen der Industrie im Mittelpunkt sowie die Verabschiedung der Bremerhaven Declaration. Abschließend können die Tagungsgäste an zwei Exkursionen teilnehmen u.a. zum Zentrum für Aquakultur Bremerhaven.

Veranstalter des „Aquaculture Forums Bremerhaven“ ist die Bremerhavener Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft BIS im Auftrag des Senators für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Häfen der Freien Hansestadt Bremen. 

Das AQUACULTURE FORUM BREMERHAVEN wird inhaltlich vorbereitet und begleitet durch ein hochrangig besetztes wissenschaftliches Programmkomitee, das von dem Meeresbiologen und Fischereiwissenschaftler Prof. Dr. Harald Rosenthal geleitet wird. 

Unterstützt wird der weltweit renommierte Wissenschaftler von Dr. Uwe Brämick (Direktor des Institut für Binnenfischerei, Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Bela H. Buck (Alfred-Wegener-Institut und IMARE Bremerhaven), Prof. Dr. Ulfert Focken (vTI Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institut, Hamburg) Prof. Dr. Maria Koch ( Deutsche See GmbH), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Saint-Paul (ZMT – Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie, Bremen), Prof. Dr. Carsten Schulz (Institut für Tierzucht und Tierhaltung, Kiel), Prof. Dr. Uwe Waller (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Saarbrücken), Dr. Bert Wecker (neomar GmbH), Dr. Helmut Wedekind (Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft, München) und Dr. Sven Würtz (Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei, Berlin). 

Die Veranstaltungsreihe wird finanziell gefördert von „EUROPÄISCHE UNION: Europäischer Fischereifonds – Investition in eine nachhaltige Fischerei“ und dem Senator für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Häfen der Freien Hansestadt Bremen. 

Darüber hinaus konnten Hauptsponsoren für die Veranstaltung gewonnen werden. Der besondere Dank geht an die Deutsche See GmbH, Frozen Fish International GmbH, Aller Aqua A/S (Dänemark) und Frosta AG.

Ferner wird die Veranstaltungsreihe von der EAS European Aquaculture Society sowie dem Bundesverband für Aquakultur unterstützt.

Bremerhaven, 20.03.2012

BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH 
Uwe Kiupel 
Am Alten Hafen 118 
27568 Bremerhaven 
Tel.: +49 (0)471 – 946 46 330 

WORKSHOP II - Call for Papers

Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven (2012-2013)
Workshop (II)  Bremerhaven, October 15-16, 2012

Aquaculture product quality and consumer demands
The jungle of Labelism – do we need to label the labelors?

Call for Papers

Consumer safety Quality management systems and product, quality are of prime interest to society. During the pioneering phase, modern aquaculture development depended largely on pioneers working by trial and error and at the time has seen little standar-dization of production processes. With increasing competition, the production efficiency has become an important asset for the industry and required professional performance to maintain viability. Parallel to this development, consumer awareness for quality and safety increased, creating a new market for certification. This market evolved in particular to respond to the consumer demand for transparency and reliability of aquatic food products. National and regional and global attempts to regulate and ensure product quality evolved often in parallel and also independently with little effort for standardization of procedures in relation to production systems while the issue has also been handled differently in various jurisdictions. Several guidelines have been developed trying to help structuring the process. The workshop attempts to address these issues through keynote lectures, presenting the views of the certification industry, the regulatory authorities, the producers and the consumer organisations. Additionally, the processing industry and distribution chains are invited to present their views as those who are close to the consumer while having to cope with the varying demands of the labeling systems. The workshop will formulate specific recommendations that will form part of the

“Bremerhaven Declaration on
 Aquaculture product quality control and consumer demands“

This announcement serve as an information sheet for potential contributors in order to provide some guidance on the intended overall subject areas we wish to cover.

We invite scientists, regulators, the aquaculture industry, processors, wholesalers and distributers as well as control agencies and consumer organisations to submit titles for oral and poster presentations. Space is limited since we wish to offer ample time for discussion with the audience during the two day meeting

We are open for further suggestions and hope to finalize the Workshop programme during the forthcoming two to three months as submissions are coming forward.

Overall subject areas of the Programme

(1) Code of Conduct for responsible Fisheries and aquaculture: strength and weaknesses
 It is intended to invite keynote speakers to review the existing codes of Conduct for Fisheries and Aquaculture while also comparing these with codes designed for other food production sectors.

(2) Product quality management and certification systems
 besides overviews on the requirements for product quality management, the session will include contributions reviewing the development of certification systems while also addressing their similarities and differences as well as their compatibility

3) biological, environmental and social aspects: certification systems for sustainable aquaculture
 This session intends to address the various attempts to provide guidance and methods on BEPs and BAPs as well as issues on inland and coastal water resource management in relation to the WFD and other issues such as animal welfare, therapeutants, residues of contaminants and food additives. Further considerations will include eco-certification and bio-organic certification options.  

4) The consumer Perspective
  in this session we wish to address the view of the consumer and consumer groups as well as the expectations various consumer groups have on benefits of such systems and the demands for clarity, transparency, and back-traceability

5) The industry perspective
 A number of topics will receive priority such as (a) the view of the aquaculturist in inland, coastal and offshore aquatic resource systems (e.g. are certification systems seen as a cost burden or an opportunity to serve the image of a frequently critizied industry? (b) does the processing industry finds its objectives being well served to add customer confidence and trust (e.g. product quality assurance); (c) do retail chains find care for quality control and securing markets)

6) Realism in labelism: can systems be harmonized?
 a) The view of the certifiers (organisations/Consultencies)
 b)  Legal aspects
 c) Needs for simplificaction and transparency to gain consumer acceptance

 d) correcting shortcomings, avoiding over-regulation? 
e) How reliable are present certification practices? It there a need to control the labelors? 

7)  Panel discussion:
developing a consensus report on recommendations for future-oriented and more transparent quality control and labeling systems

"Bremerhaven Declaration on
Aquaculture product quality control and consumer demands"

Workshop III: „Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven“ discusses the future of fish nutrition and aquaculture technology on 18th and 19th of February 2013

Facing the constant expansion of the aquaculture industry the resources for fish nutrition run short. It is obvious that fishmeal replacement is a must. At present numerous alternatives are in the state of test. The consequences for product quality and fish healthiness are some of the key aspects of the 3rd symposium of the “Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven”. Finfish nutrition and aquaculture technology are at the crossroads. High versus low tech systems or integrated aquaculture – which are the best solutions for the future? National and international experts with high reputation will discuss these topics in Bremerhaven. After two successful workshops in 2012 the 3rd symposium on February 18 - 19 is the upcoming part of a four-part series of events in support of developing a sustainable European aquaculture. The BIS Bremerhaven expects experts from science, economy and administration again which tend to formulate specific recommendations for further development.

Fish nutrition and aquaculture technology are issues of high complexity. In numerous lectures and workshops the 3rd symposium of the „Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven“ sheds light on various aspects:

Will the potential use of micro- and macro-algae in aquafeeds be of main importance in fishmeal replacement? What could improve the methods of food-production and feeding the fish in aquaculture industry? Do the constraints set on feed formulation by European standards and the retail sectors make sense?

The 3rd symposium of the “Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven” will also focus on developments in recirculation systems concerning technical, economical and ecological aspects. The competition for water resources between various industries and communities and the price for energy will drastically increase in the future. Also there is a growing lack of possible sites for aquaculture systems. All these challenges enforce to reconsider the economic efficiency of breeding fish in recirculation systems. Besides many further developments of system technologies and a better knowing of life requirements of the species the rearing of endangered species in recirculation systems will gain in importance to ensure the survival.

Several lectures of the “Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven” on the 18th and 19th February focus on the efforts in integrated farming systems. Different forms of integrated aquaculture systems are known for thousands of years and still practised mainly in Asia. Nevertheless these systems cannot be copied in other regions without adjustments.

Economical aspects will eventually decide under which circumstances modern aquaculture systems in different countries and regions have good future perspectives. The increasing demand on aquaculture products is not enough. Several workshops will shed light on the local, national and global economical interests.

An open panel discussion with all session chairs, speakers and participants on day 2 of the 3rd symposium of the „Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven“ will discuss key recommendations and approve the Bremerhaven Declaration on “Finfish nutrition and aquaculture recirculation systems: future trends and development needs“.

This 3rd symposium is part of a four-part series of events under the overall theme „Business and science for a sustainable European aquaculture“. The „Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven“ focuses on central issues of the modern aquaculture industry. The final workshop, which will take place in autumn 2013, will address and discuss further main topics. More information on www.aquaculture-forum.com

The „Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven“ takes place at the technology centre t.i.m.e.Port II in Bremerhaven. The first day starts after addresses of welcome with different lectures on the main issues. Amongst others the framework programme offers a sightseeing tour through the „Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost“ as well as an optional conference dinner in the “German Emigration Centre Bremerhaven”.

The BIS BREMERHAVEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD. on behalf of the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Ports of the Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen organizes the “Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven”.

The content of the „Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven“ is prepared by and updated through a high-profile scientific programme committee lead by Prof. Dr. Harald Rosenthal.

The worldwide renowned fishing biologist and marine researcher is supported by
Dr. Uwe Brämick (director of the Institute of Inland Fisheries), Prof. Dr. Bela H. Buck (Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research), Prof. Dr. Ulfert Focken (vTI),
Dr. Mathias Grabs (BIS Bremerhaven Economic Development Company Ltd.),
Prof. Dr. Maria Koch (Deutsche See GmbH), Prof. Dr. Harry Palm (University of Rostock), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Saint-Paul (ZMT), Prof. Dr. Carsten Schulz (GMA Society), Prof. Dr. Uwe Waller (HTW University of Applied Sciences Saarland), Dr. Bert Wecker (neomar GmbH), Dr. Helmut Wedekind (Director Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft, München) and Dr. Sven Würtz (IGB Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries).

It is supported by „Investment in sustainable fisheries and co-financed by the European Union European Fisheries Fund EFF“ and the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Ports of the Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen. 

The „Aquaculture Forum Bremerhaven“ is sponsored by Deutsche See GmbH, Aller Aqua A/S (Dänemark), Frosta AG and the iglo GmbH.

Support also was given by EAS European Aquaculture Society and the „German Association for Aquaculture“.


Media contact:
BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH
Uwe Kiupel
Am Alten Hafen 118
27568 Bremerhaven
Tel.: +49 471 – 946 46 330