Investing in a Biodiverse and Resilient Blue Economy

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DAY ONE: Tuesday, May 21

09:00
OPENING KEYNOTE // Collaborative Solutions for a Climate-Resilient Ocean Economy
  • How are decision-makers in the public and private sectors of aquaculture and fisheries collaborating to issue a call to action to secure a pathway to a sustainable ocean economy?
  • What legislative measures, policies, investments, and commitments are advancing the recognition of blue food and oceans as pivotal resources and climate solutions?
  • How are stakeholders fostering collaboration and driving action in ocean management to fuel growth in the blue economy amidst the challenges of rising temperatures?

Speaker: 
Rt. Hon.
Richard Benyon, Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS, UK

09:10
Opening Panel // Food System Resilience: Navigating Blue Food Security and Sustainability
  • As Global populations rise and governments manage approaches to address food security and protein gaps, how are aquatic food sources rising in profile globally as a solution to hunger?
  • How do policymakers and leaders perceive aquatic food systems as a crucial resource and climate solution, and how are governing bodies addressing the climate impact in aquaculture and fisheries? What policies and systems are in place to enhance food security from the ocean and foster socio-economic opportunities?
  • What strategic actions and combined financial support from both public and private organizations are needed to improve resilience and sustainability in the blue economy and what role do tech-based solutions and data play a role in addressing food security challenges?

Speakers:
Michael Doane, Global Managing Director – Freshwater and Food Systems, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, USA
Catarina Martins, Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, MOWI, NORWAY

09:50
Panel // The Future Farm: Harnessing AI Tools for Production Efficiency
  • How is AI transforming data utilisation in aquaculture, and what potential does it hold for ecosystem protection and sustainable food production for a growing population?
  • How are digital tools transforming the landscape for data utilisation to compile information for more intelligent outcomes, and how are farmers integrating and making use of this valuable information? What is the potential impact of these evolving technologies to improve health, welfare, and ecosystem monitoring? What are the challenges that are being encountered in deploying and establishing AI and precision tools within aquatic systems and the blue food chain?
  • Where are the greatest opportunities for integrating automated tools for the blue food industry, and what lessons can we learn from the agri-food sector in applying data decision-making in production?

Speakers:
Kendra MacDonald, CEO, CANADA’S OCEAN SUPERCLUSTER, CANADA
Christian Lim, Managing Director, SWEN CAPITAL PARTNERS: BLUE OCEAN, FRANCE
Rajamanohar Somasundaram, Founder & CEO, AQUACONNECT, INDIA
Mathew Zimola, CEO, REELDATA AI, USA

10:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
Fireside Chat // Elevating Aquatic Health in a Changing Climate: Strategies and Innovations Across the Value Chain
  • With increased media focus on the health aspects of aquaculture and growing consumer awareness on welfare standards in aquatic production, how are stakeholders innovating throughout the value chain to raise standards and rebuild consumer trust in seafood?
  • What strategies are producers and health companies adopting in AI, decision making tools, vaccinations, feed additives, and genetics to enhance the well-being of aquatic species throughout their lifecycle and provide insurance against ocean related risk?
  • How are health and welfare solutions being incorporated into smallholder production systems globally to equip against disease and antibiotic overuse? Where do gaps exist in smallholder practices that require investment to ensure economic viability and food security?
  • Amid challenges of algal blooms, invasive species, and increased health pressure, how are stakeholders creating strategies for prioritising and maintaining the welfare and health of aquatic species throughout their lives?

Speakers:
Tanja Knabenschuh Hoel, Director, HATCH BLUE, NORWAY
Pamela Nath, Director, SSP, ECUADOR
Ross Houston, Director of Genetics and Innovation, BENCHMARK GENETICS, UK

11:30
Presentation // Aquatic Wellbeing: Elevating Standards and Strategies for Impact
11:40
Panel // Consumer Deep Dive: Evaluating Demand, Market Dynamics, and Future Growth Strategies
  • How is the impact of rising inflation and the global cost of living crisis influencing consumer demand for seafood?
  • To what extent are consumers aware of the role that aquaculture has as one of the most sustainable sources of protein? How are stakeholders effectively communicating this message to position blue food as the sustainable and preferred protein choice for consumers?
  • What are the emerging consumer trends within aquatic foods, and where are food brands and retailers strategically innovating and messaging to capture and influence consumer perspectives?
  • How are retailers and CPG brands partnering with innovators and start-ups to transform processing and create novel consumer products within the aquatic food sector?
  • Where are the opportunities for market expansion to drive growth and diversify the products on consumers’ plates?

Speakers:
Jennifer Bushman, Chief Marketing Officer, KVARØY ARCTIC, NORWAY
Briana Warner, CEO, ATLANTIC SEA FARMS, USA
David Parker, Head of Aquaculture & Fisheries, SAINSBURYS, UK
Sam Fulton, Group Director Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, NOMAD FOODS, UK

12:20
Presentation // Blue Trends: Spotlight on Consumer Products

Illuminating innovation across products, processing, and practices from boat to plate. Join us for a spotlight on visionaries shaping seafood trends and cultivating the next generation of consumers.

12:30
Networking Roundtable Discussions

Small-group breakouts focused on specific topics from the summit agenda.

  • AI & Aquaculture: Leveraging Automated Solutions Sustainable Production
    Host: Stian Rognlid, CEO, AQUATICODE
  • Scaling Seaweed: Cultivating Supply Chains for Market Expansion and Growth
    Host: Briana Warner, CEO, ATLANTIC SEA FARMS
  • Aquafeed Innovation: Scaling Sustainable Solutions & Raw Materials
    Host: Chris Ninnes, CEO, ASC
  • Regenerative Aquaculture: Charting Growth, Potential and Success Strategies
    Host: Tavish Scott, Chief Executive, SALMON SCOTLAND
  • Sustainable Low Carbon Production: Fostering Community-Driven Blue Food Chains
    Host: René Benguerel, Founder & Managing Director, BLUEYOU GROUP
  • Catalysing Smallholder Systems: Enhancing Resilience and Food Security in Coastal Regions
    Host: Harrison Karisa, Senior Fisheries Specialist (Aquaculture), THE WORLD BANK
  • Fortifying Global Blue Food Chains for Enhanced Climate Resilience
    Host: Jörn Schmidt, Director of Sustainable Aquatic Food Systems, WORLDFISH
  • Blue Economy: Evaluating Financial Pathways for Sustainable Growth
    Host: Francisco Savaiva Gomes, Founder Partner & Chief Investment Officer, OCEAN 14 CAPITAL
  • Aquatic Welfare: Mapping Policy, Solutions and Health Indicators
    Host: Louise Valducci, Head of Food Business, COMPASSION IN WORLD FARMING
13:00
Networking Lunch Break
14:00
Panel // Aquafeed Innovation: Scaling Novel Solutions and Diversifying the Raw Materials Basket
  • What opportunities have emerged for alternative feedstock and raw materials? Which key ingredients are gaining momentum in development and investment?
  • What strategies are aquafeed producers employing to integrate alternative ingredients and how are aquaculture producers introducing alternative feed and protein sources into their products?
  • How are producers utilizing raw materials in an expanded feed basket to mitigate emissions impact? What are the key challenges in incorporating and scaling new ingredients?
  • How has inflation and access to raw materials changed the practice of smallholders and producers globally, and what opportunity and challenge is this creating for certification of feed mills?
  • What policy and legislation changes are we seeing around the development and use of genetically modified feed ingredients? What are current consumer opinions on these products, and what is the future outlooks for their sustainable integration into our food systems, starting at the feed stage?

Speakers:
Louise Buttle, Sustell Lead for Aqua & Global Key Account Manager, DSM-FIRMENICH, UK
Chris Ninnes, CEO, AQUACULTURE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL, UK
Laurent Develle, EVP Group General Counsel and Head of Corporate Affairs, REGAL SPRINGS, SWITZERLAND

14:40
Presentation // Climate Solutions: Funding Innovation and Digital Transformation
14:50
Panel // The Smallholder Tech Revolution: Financing Climate-Smart Innovation on the Farm
  • How are smallholders and fisheries utilising technological advances in fintech, data platforms, farming models, and monitoring devices to enhance yields, mitigate climate impact, and build economic stability?
  • What measures are being implemented to enhance digital visibility and connectivity throughout the value chain, and how is this innovation supporting smallholders in addressing challenges like temperature instability and limited access to raw materials?
  • How are the next generation of digital platforms and models providing farmers with access to finance and insurance products, and what long-term impact will this accessibility have on the commercial viability of smallholder operations?
  • How can these successful models be adapted globally and where are the current gaps in the smallholder landscape that require further investment?

Speakers:
Julien Million, Senior Fisheries Specialist, THE WORLD BANK, USA
Joseph Rehmann, Founder & Group CEO, VICTORY FARMS, KENYA
Liris Maduningtyas, CEO, JALA, INDONESIA
David Okech Okech, Founder, AQUARECH, KENYA
Nicholas Hill, Co-Founder & CEO, COAST 4C, AUSTRALIA

15:30
Networking Coffee Break
16:00
Case Studies // Regional Deep-Dive: Mapping Aquaculture Trends Across the Globe

Bringing the global spotlight to Mexico, Iceland, and Ireland; these case studies will explore international locations and models leading the way in the blue food industry.

Speakers:
Jörn Schmidt,
Director of Sustainable Aquatic Food Systems, WORLDFISH, DENMARK
Alan Espinoza, Founder, BENDITO MAR, MEXICO
Jens Thordarson, CEO, GEOSALMO, ICELAND

16:30
Investor Panel // Navigating the Financial Landscape for Investing in the Blue Economy
  • How is the innovation ecosystem in aquatic food and the blue economy maturing? What level of activity are we seeing and how does this compare to other industries? How do we drive more awareness around the opportunities that exist?
  • What are the challenges that startup companies are facing in the economic slowdown? Where are the current funding gaps, and what new funding models are needed to ensure long-term viability and growth? What new forms of finance are needed?
  • What role do governments play in de-risking early-stage investment and fostering greater collaboration between industry and investors to support startups?
  • What does impact investing look like to investors through the lens of precision aquaculture and sustainable aquatic food? How do we measure and create a currency of impact?

Speakers:
Amy Novogratz, Co-Founder, AQUA-SPARK, THE NETHERLANDS
Chris Gorell Barnes, Founding Partner, OCEAN 14 CAPITAL, UK
Larsen Mettler, Managing Director, S2G VENTURES, USA

17:00
Networking Happy Hour

DAY TWO: Wednesday, May 22

09:00
Opening Panel // Producer Roundtable: Advancing Science-Based Targets, Environmental Stewardship & ESG Commitments
  • How are producers innovating to optimise yields, meet science-based targets, and contribute to the restoration of the ocean environment?
  • What key roadblocks are producers facing while creating strategies for biodiverse aquatic production and what milestones has the industry achieved in implementing more sustainable farming practices?
  • What technologies are being adopted to drive emissions reduction and monitor impact across the blue food chain? How are producers accurately measuring progress towards a sustainable blue food system?
  • As producers and organisations measure their impact against SDGs and science-based targets, where are the gaps in technology, data, and policy? What frameworks and collaborations are being implemented for achieving resilient growth of the blue economy?
  • How are stakeholders, from producers to end-of-supply-chain retailers, advocating aquatic food as a climate-friendly solution for their consumers?

Speaker: 
Wenche Grønbrekk, Director of Strategy & Partnerships, SEABOS, SWEDEN

09:30
Panel // Beyond Blue Horizons: Forging Transparent and Traceable Paths for the Future of Sustainable Food
  • Over the last year, significant global commitments have been established for ocean governance and management. What impact is the High Seas Treaty anticipated to have on the industry and the livelihoods of producers?
  • How are stakeholders responding to the demands of the treaty to establish evidence-based traceability? What new guidelines are needed to ensure that the industry develops are robust and reliable set of metrics to support a comprehensive traceability across the entire food sector?
  • What data is needed and where are the gaps? How can satellite imagery, AI, and platforms that have access to proprietary and public data be leveraged to support a comprehensive data platform being used to secure the data that is needed?
  • What role can certifications play in setting standards for climate action, biodiversity, and labour rights, to create a sustainable and resilient food system and what development and collaboration is needed?
  • How can we establish climate-smart and resilient practices for both smallholder fisheries and aquaculture? How are policy and government incentives enabling producers to transition to more sustainable practices?

Speakers:
Johan Bergenas, Senior Vice President, WWF, USA
Mark Kaplan, Partner, WHOLECHAIN, USA
Jim Cannon, Founder & CEO, SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES PARTNERSHIP, USA
Serge Raemaekers, Co-Founder & Executive Director, ABALOBI, SOUTH AFRICA

10:10
Presentation // Financing the Shift to a Restorative Ocean Economy

Speaker:
Daniela Fernandez,
Founder & CEO, SUSTAINABLE OCEAN ALLIANCE, USA

10:20
Panel // Biodiversity in Aquaculture: Developing Practices, Metrics, and Frameworks for Impact
  • How is biodiversity defined in aquaculture, and how will these definitions be integrated into business activities within the aquatic food industry under the new Global Biodiversity Framework and Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)?
  • How are producers implementing sustainable and nature-based practices? Where are the conflicts between traditional aquatic production and regenerative, biodiverse production systems?
  • What actions have producers taken in developing practices to align aquatic farming with biodiverse ecosystems? How is the sector exploring marine multicultures in aquatic farming, and how are fisheries transitioning to more regenerative systems?
  • What metrics and tools are utilized to monitor the efficiency of biodiverse production? How will the new frameworks impact small-scale producers and fisheries, and what support and investment are being explored to empower farmers to adopt and trial new practices?

Speakers:
Jan Erik Saugestad, CEO, STOREBRAND ASSET MANAGEMENT, NORWAY
Daniela Fernandez, Founder & CEO, SUSTAINABLE OCEAN ALLIANCE, USA
Kat Bruce, Founder, NATUREMETRICS, UK
Annick Paradis, Executive Director, POLLINATION, UK
Dane Kingler, Director of Aquaculture, CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL, USA

11:00
Networking Coffee Break
11:30
Lightning Talks // Regenerative Production: Exploring the Future of Regenerative Aquaculture and Ocean Restoration

Dive into a rapid-fire exploration of the current regenerative landscape in aquatic production. Capturing a snapshot of the evolution of regenerative practice in aquaculture and the future horizon, focusing on the journey toward a biodiverse and regenerative approach to aquatic production and restorative ventures.

Speakers:
François Mosnier, Head of Ocean, PLANET TRACKER, UK
Samantha Garwin, Director of Market Development, GREENWAVE, USA
Judith Brown, Projects Director, BLUE MARINE FOUNDATION, UK

11:45
Fireside Chat // Corporate Innovation: Scaling Investment, R&D and Collaboration Across the Blue Economy
  • How is the growing commitment of corporations and financial institutions to initiatives within ocean ecosystems influencing the advancement of the blue economy, driving action and increased investment in ocean and coastal resilience?
  • How do corporations and institutions perceive sustainability-driven innovation in aquaculture and fisheries? In what ways is restorative aquaculture and fisheries production seen as a potential source of future growth and competitive advantage?
  • How are CPG brands exploring opportunities in delving into the next generation of aquatic ingredients, such as marine byproducts, seaweed, and algae? What does the investment and R&D roadmap look like for next generation ingredients?
  • How are companies expanding their collaborations? What partnerships with NGOs, start-ups, and research institutes are drawing in fresh talent, uncovering emerging technologies, and new business models?

Speakers:
Kerstin Schmeiduch, Director Corporate Communications & Sustainability, NESTLE PURINA, SWITZERLAND
Ying Qin, Director, CITI GLOBAL INSIGHTS, UK

12:15
Innovation Showcase

Early to mid-stage entrepreneurs present quick fire snapshots of their solutions.

Start-ups:
Paulina Zanela, Chief Operating Officer, THALASSO, MEXICO
Leander Hessner, Co-Founder, DECAMEAL, DENMARK
Joyeeta Das, CEO & Co-Founder, SAMUDRA OCEANS, UK
Megan Sorby, CEO, PINE ISLAND REDFISH, USA

12:45
Networking Lunch Break
13:45
Panel // Seaweed & Algae: Securing Supply Chains and New Markets for Scalable Growth
  • Where do investable opportunities lie in the seaweed sector, spanning from cultivation to consumption? How has the trajectory of the seaweed sector progressed and how are investors tapping into these opportunities?
  • What challenges, from genetic strains to scaling processing facilities and end-chain costs, demand attention and innovative solutions in the seaweed sector? Where are the bottle necks and what collaborations are we seeing to drive innovation?
  • How are governments and policies engaging with seaweed production? What potential exists for innovation to spur growth in the seaweed industry and where can policies be updated and improved to open new avenues for development?
  • How are corporates and food brands engaging with the seaweed sector and to what extent are they addressing gaps in scaling investment and innovation in production, processing, and the supply chain within the seaweed industry?
  • What are the expectations of buyers and consumers regarding seaweed products? What new products, ingredients, and opportunities are emerging and how are these being received in global markets?

Speakers:
Eugene Klerk, Head of Research ESG, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK, UK
Vincent Doumeizel, Director – Food Programme/Senior Advisor – Ocean & Food, LLOYD’S REGISTER FOUNDATION/UN GLOBAL COMPACT, FRANCE
Pierre-Yves Paslier, Co-Founder, NOTPLA, UK
Jang K. Kim, Professor, INCHEON NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, SOUTH KOREA
Daniel Hooft, CEO, KELP BLUE, NAMIBIA
Benjamin Armenjon, Managing Director, OCEANIUM, UK

14:25
Case Studies // The Future of RAS: Exploring the Nexus Innovation in Land based Production Systems

Following a dynamic period of challenges and evolution within RAS, join or an insight on pioneers transforming the future of RAS.

Speakers:
Matt Craze, Partner, SPHERIC RESEARCH, UK
Daniel Russek, CEO, ATARRAYA, MEXICO

14:45
Panel // Aquaculture Production Systems in Focus: Leveraging Technology for Enhanced Impact and Food Security
  • With the increasing urgency to restore land and ocean ecosystems, how are diverse production methods being employed to achieve higher yields, whilst minimising the environmental impact?
  • What are the merits and challenges of solutions from offshore, land based, and flowthrough systems and what learnings can be drawn from each practice?
  • How are advancements in AI technologies, feed formulations, and operational automation driving greater efficiency and enabling more sustainable aquatic production?
  • What is the impact of policy on both land-based and offshore production, and what barriers remain to be overcome for the use of a diverse array of production systems, on land and water?

Speakers:
Ohad Maiman, Managing Partner, AQUAFOUNDERS CAPITAL, THE NETHERLANDS
Trond Håkon Schaug-Pettersen, CEO, SALMON EVOLUTION, NORWAY
Ståle Økland, Group Director of Communications, Government Relations, ESG, AKVA GROUP, NORWAY

15:25
Investor Panel // Blue Ventures: Exploring Trends, Hype, and Opportunities in the Start-up Ecosystem
  • Reflecting on the discussions from the last couple of days, what breakthrough innovations hold the potential to transform the sector, and where are the key areas of interest for investors?
  • To what extent will the growing momentum around blue ventures and restoration of the ocean and environmental ecosystem agenda drive investment into the aquatic food value chain? What new players are entering the investment space and where are they prioritising funding?
  • What ocean and environmental challenges should innovators be focusing on now and how can the sector ensure sustainable solutions scale? What will be necessary to make sure that start-ups have the best chance to scale?
  • How can investors and corporates support forward-looking innovation? What partnership and collaboration models are seeing the greatest success?

Speakers:
Ingrid Maurstad, Impact Director, KATAPULT OCEAN, NORWAY
Caroline Bocquel, CEO, BOARD IACAIGH MHARA, UK
Blaine Grimes, President, GULF OF MAINE VENTURES, USA
Luke Sawitsky, Principal, SEA AHEAD,USA

16:05
Summit Concludes