Two meetings to mark in your calendar for 2023: The “World Aquaculture 2023” in May and the “Aquaculture Europe 2023” in June.
Darwin is hosting World Aquaculture for Australia for the first time since 2014. This annual event will incorporate the Australasian Aquaculture industry and will see several thousand attendees from around the world converge on the city of Darwin. Contributions to developing new and existing ideas to stimulate this vital industry are welcome. With almost half of the world’s consumption of seafood coming from farms, aquaculture is playing an increasingly important role in meeting the challenge of global food security. World Aquaculture 2023 (WA2023) will be an opportunity for the international aquaculture community – academics, industry researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials, policymakers and industry representatives to present their work and exchange ideas and develop a vision for the future of the aquaculture industry as we focus on the theme of “Supporting Strength in Aquaculture”. An event not to be missed – WA2023 will offer a chance to gauge the sector’s progress whilst discussing and debating the issues, ideas, mechanisms and hands-on practical approaches towards building a better industry. In addition, there will be ample opportunity to network during both structured and free-flowing events.
The Aquaculture Europe 2023 will take place in Vienna, Austria, next year. Aquaculture is the world’s most diverse farming practice regarding the number of species, farming methods, intensity level and environments used. Significant efforts have been made to promote species diversity since global aquaculture production is dominated by a few dozen species. The need for responsible use of resources, improved efficiency, and increased resilience against future challenges such as diseases and climate change require further diversification in aquaculture beyond the species level. However, diversification in aquaculture should be well-balanced, considering area specificities, available natural resources, social realities and needs of the circular economy. Diversification should be appropriately maintained for local conditions, market access and resilience. The balance between small- and large-scale aquaculture enterprises and the activities of various water users, for example, are salient issues in future aquaculture development that will be discussed during the meeting.