- As Blue Food gains recognition as one of the world’s most important sources of nutrition, how can aquaculture producers, retailers, investors, start-ups, and NGOs collaborate towards a strong blue economy, and a sustained ocean environment?
- With climate instability causing fluctuation in our oceans and environments, how are these organisations and innovators building resilience and strengthening the blue food system?
Investing in Sustainable Aquaculture to Replenish our Oceans
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DAY ONE: Tuesday, May 23
As global food systems are met with calls to adequately address the protein and hunger gap,how are producers innovating sustainable production to increase yield and address UNSDGs?
- What key roadblocks are producers facing when pushing towards sustainable biodiverse aquaculture and what success storieshave the industry seen in production innovation?
- What technologies and strategies are being implemented toward a carbon-neutral and circular blue food chain?
- How can leaders across the value chain accurately measure progress towards a sustainableblue food system?
Melanie Siggs, Director, GLOBAL SEAFOOD ALLIANCE, Vice President, THE CENTRE FOR RESPONSIBLE SEAFOOD
Catarina Martins, Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, MOWI
Wenche Grønbrekk, Director of Strategy and Partnerships; Senior Advisor to UN Global Compact, SEABOS
Katherine Bryar, Global Marketing Director, BIOMAR
- Where is the data gap within blue food and how are producers facilitating network infrastructure to obtain, monitor, and collate data to produce more intelligent outcomes?
- What are the challenges of utilising digital monitoring within ocean production and how are these technologies evolving supply chain traceability to overcome fraud, labour infractions, and human rights policies?
- Where does the boundary of data ownership start and end, and how can farmers and producers lucratively translate algorithms?
- What is needed to continue to connect farmers across the value chain and drive data innovation and ubiquity of data?
Claire Pribula, Managing Director, THE YIELD LAB
Thor Talseth, Group Chief Executive Officer, AVRAMAR
Jonathan LaRiviere, Chief Executive Officer, SCOOT SCIENCE
Bryton Shang, Founder & CEO, AQUABYTE
Louise Buttle, Sustell Lead for Aqua & Global Key Account Manager, DSM
- Which novel ingredients are the most viable options to integrate into aquafeed, to strengthen supply and boost the nutritional profile of traditional feeds?
- How can farmers and producers utilise novel ingredients to add nutritional value instead of replacing traditional feeds?
- What key challenges are there to scaling novel ingredients and what innovations are addressing these obstacles?
- As scale remains the objective for novel ingredients, what innovation and investments have there been in algal, black soldier fly, and bacterial ingredients?
- What are consumer opinions of novel ingredients, and how can the sector work to enhance consumer awareness, whilst improving credibility and positioning in the market?
Lily Stuart, Research and Engagement Manager, FAIRR
Jorge Díaz-Global, Sustainability Manager, SKRETTING
Nizar El Alami, CBO, INNOVAFEED
Allan LeBlanc– Vice President, Aquaculture Lead, CALYSTA
Øyvind Fylling-Jensen– CEO, NOFIMA
Delegates break into small groups to discuss the most critical issues facing the aquaculture industry. Each table is hosted by an industry expert, and delegates can choose the topic most relevant to their business.
- As consumers become more aware of the nutritional and sustainability benefits of seaweed,how can we harness and accelerate demand for seaweed as a blue food?
- What are the challenges in the production and distribution of seaweed and what innovative solutions are addressing these key bottlenecks?
- What different approaches to the sustainable cultivation of seaweed are being put into practice, and how are producers incorporating technology into their methods to create innovative new products?
- How is seaweed being used as a functional ingredient by producers and how have these approaches been received by western consumer markets?
Mike Williamson, CEO, CASCADIA SEAWEED
Briana Warner, CEO, ATLANTIC SEA FARMS
Gracie White, Lead of Global Oceans Investments, CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL VENTURES
Shrikumar Suryanarayan- Chairman & Managing Director, SEA6 ENERGY
- With the changes to legislation on aquatic sentience, how are farming practices shifting globally?
- As rhetoric on humane harvest develops, what technologies are strengthening and pushing ethical practices?
- What developments are being made in welfare-centred stunning and monitoring technology, and how can producers be incentivised to change practices and utilise innovations, to meet the needs of consumers and aquatic live stocks?
- How are consumer demand and public perception changing around welfare practices? Is this driving a need for ethically raised and harvested retail products?
- How are retailers and producers responding to expanded knowledge within welfare and sentience?
Teresa Fernandez, Aquaculture & Fisheries Manager, HILTON SEAFOOD
Nathan Pyne-Carter, CEO, ACE AQUATECH
Andres Jimenez Zorrilla, Chief Executive Officer, SHRIMP WELFARE PROJECT
Benjamin Weis, Aquaculture Manager, TESCO
Bringing the global spotlight to Latin America, Asia, and Africa; these case studies will explore international locations that are leading the way in the blue food revolution.
Angela Odero, CEO & Co-Founder, RIO FISH
- As the spotlight on blue food develops, how are global smallholders utilising technological advances in fintech, data platforms, and monitoring devices to increase yield and keep pace with large producers?
- What are the challenges within implementation and adoption while increasing digitalisation and technology usage among smallholders?
- How can technology providers help to deliver climate resilient solutions for smallholder farmers in light of climate instability? How can these products also incentivise farmers to engage with insurance products to build security?
- How are digitalisation, connectivity and certification in sustainable practice enabling smallholders to access value and profit within the supply chain?
Anton Immink, CEO, THINK AQUA
Liris Maduningtyas, CEO, JALA TECH
René Benguerel, Founder, Owner and Managing Director, BLUEYOU GROUP
Lisa de Jager, Aquaculture Manager, DNV
- How can we bring blue food into the wider climate conversation to harness further ESG and impact investment?
- How can we continue to grow, sustain, and invest in blue ventures during the current shifting financial climate?
- What does the future look like within blue investment and which areas are investors highlighting as future growth indicators?
- Reflecting on the accelerated investment in blue ventures, to what extent will institutional investment and government funding continue to drive growth in the industry?
- In order to continue the progress of the blue food space, what is needed to attract more institutional investment for later-stage funding to help scale and consolidate the market?
Chris Gorrell Barnes, Founding Partner, OCEAN 14 CAPITAL
Amy Novogratz, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, AQUA-SPARK
Christian Lim, Investment Director, SWEN CAPITAL PARTNERS: BLUE OCEAN
Larsen Mettler, Managing Director: Oceans & Seafood, S2G VENTURES
DAY TWO: Wednesday, May 24
- How are large producers working towards sustainable and nature-based practices, and how are they collaborating with and learning from innovators?
- How are innovators working with species such as bivalves, kelp, and urchins to produce nutritious food whilst restoring the natural oceanic ecosystem?
- What restorative initiatives are being put in place that empower local communities whilst bolstering production and natural habitats?
- Are restorative ventures economically viable and what is preventing their growth within existing production?
Robert Jones, Global Lead Aquaculture, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda, Founder and CEO, URCHINOMICS
Markus Müller, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer ESG & Global Head of Chief Investment Office Private Bank, DEUTSCHE BANK
- How have producers effectively cut down on antibiotic use and incorporated proactive approaches successfully?
- What exciting innovations are unlocking vaccination development and usage, and what are the challenges in applying these across a diverse range of species?
- How are AI, sensors, and inclusion of data technology enabling better results in health management?
- What innovations with bacteriophages, prebiotics and feed additives are emerging and how are different companies implementing these?
Herve Migaud, Health, Welfare and Biology Director, MOWI
Examining how genetics are being incorporated as a key to a sustainable aquaculture landscape, we hone in on the developments being made in data and technology to execute genomic devices and strategies to broader the horizon for genetics, implementing their usage fully into the toolbox of farmers.
Ross Housten, Director of Innovation, BENCHMARK GENETICS
Early to Mid-Stage Technology Entrepreneurs Present 7-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions
- What does the future look like for RAS and how can producers drive RAS forward and increase its uptake and expansion?
- Within the uncertainty of economic disruption, what key challenges is RAS facing, and what are producers and innovators doing to ensure its continued rollout?
- How are producers unlocking RAS and propelling it to the next level using AI, data, genetics, and hybrid solutions?
- As governments look for methods to plug the rising protein gap, what solutions will secure RAS as a third method in producing sustainable blue food?
Tanja Knabenschuh Hoel, Director, Hatch Innovation Services (Global), HATCH BLUE
Ohad Maiman, Former CEO, KINGFISH COMPANY
Peter Gale, Founder, REELDATA AI
Siri Tømmerås, Commercial Director Land Based, AKVA
- With pressures on water resources and erosion of natural environments, how can raw materials be sourced and utilised for feed sustainably, reducing environmental impact?
- What steps have producers taken to responsibly source soy, fish meal, and fish oil?
- What are the perceptions of the use of marine and soy ingredients in feed production amongst producers and consumers?
- How can producers measure and compare carbon footprints in feed and is there a need for a universal metric?
- What is the role of farmers to ‘do more with less’ when it comes to aquafeed, and what are the latest innovations around feed conversion to reduce wastage?
Rob Fletcher, Senior Editor, THE FISH SITE
Erik Tveteraas, Investment Director, NUTRECO
Katie Keay, Fisheries and Aquaculture Manager, CO-OP
Brett Glencross, Technical Director, IFFO- THE MARINE INGREDIENTS ORGANISATION
- As excitement and conversation around blue carbon evolves, what projects are currently underway globally and what approaches are they using to utilise carbon?
- To what extent is blue carbon a legitimate method of offsetting emissions and how can innovators ensure it is commercially and environmentally viable?
- How is blue carbon driving innovation in robotics, data usage, and farming methods, and how can these benefit large producers and smallholders?
- What investments and funding are propelling blue carbon and sequestration into the spotlight?
Daniel Crockett, Director, Ocean and Climate, BLUE MARINE FOUNDATION
Anya Waite, CEO and Scientific Director, OCEAN FRONTIER INSTITUTE
In light of economic shifts, and increased pressures of inflation paired with a global cost of living crisis; we map and explore what the horizon holds for aquaculture and blue food by examining how blue food is performing within the consumer market, analysing variables, and focusing on consumer opinion.
- How do consumers and policymakers view the aquaculture industry and what implications does this have on the sector’s overall growth?
- In the current climate of economic and climate instability, how is the blue food industry strengthening natural resources and providing socio-economic security to strengthen communities?
- What challenges are innovators focusing on and how can investors finance solutions in the blue space?
- How can the blue industry unite to positively communicate seafood’s role as a sustainable method in filling the protein gap and mitigating climate instability?
Peter Bryant, Oceans Program Director, BUILDERS VISION
Jennifer Bushman– CMO, KVAROY ARCTIC
Laurent Develle, EVP Group General Counsel and Head of Corporate Affairs, REGAL SPRINGS
Dave Little, Professor, THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING, Scientific Leader, THE BLUE FOOD ASSESSMENT
Chris Ninnes, CEO, AQUACULTURE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL