On 29 March 2017, at the Institute of Oceanography, the University of Gdańsk, a seminar “Innovative Aquaculture” was held. The seminar was organized within the EU INTERREG South Baltic Program project: “Cross-border development and transfer of innovative and sustainable aquaculture” (aka. InnoAquaTech).
The aim of the seminar was to present the possibilities resulting from innovative solutions in the field of aquaculture for the South Baltic region. Speakers included guests from Germany, Denmark, Lithuania and Poland, partners of the InnoAquaTech project, representing both private companies and public research institutions as well as external experts. The representatives of the university and faculty authorities also participated: Prof. Krzysztof Bielawski, Vice-Rector for Development and Dr.Hab. Waldemar Surosz Assoc. Prof., the Dean of the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography.
The seminar presented the assumptions and structure of the InnoAquaTech project co-ordinated by BioCon Valley GmbH (DE), as well as pilot studies conducted by partners: Public Institution Klaipeda Science and Technology Park (LT), University of Gdańsk (PL), National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (PL), University of Rostock (DE), Danish Technological Institute (DK).
Pilot studies of the project partners focus on modern technological solutions in the aquaculture sector, including the introduction to aquaculture of new species of crustaceans in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), the use of geothermal energy in crustacean farming, the development of aquaponic systems, and the use of micro algae. More information on pilot studies and other project activities is available at: https://www.submariner-network.eu/projects/innoaquatech.
In addition, experts from outside the InnoAquaTech project, specialists in the field of aquaculture from Poland and Germany, presented their experiences in modern farming with the use of RAS systems. In addition, participants of the seminar could hear about blue mussel and shrimp potential, as well as the market trends for crustaceans in Poland and future market opportunities for this product. There was also an educational approach and presenting the opportunity to enter into cooperation under the South Baltic Program and the SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth.
The seminar was the first event training addressed to external stakeholders. It was attended by seventy-five people: breeders, representatives of private companies, government agencies, industry associations, universities, research and industry institutes.
The seminar was an opportunity not only to get acquainted with new technologies and solutions in aquaculture, but also to establish partnerships, to co-operate in the further stages of the InnoAquaTech project implementation as well as other ventures.
The results of surveys in which the organizers asked about the interest in the topic and participation in future training events indicate a high interest in modern technologies and new solutions in the field of aquaculture.
We would like to thank all the speakers and participants for attending the seminar and the Polish Trout Breeders Association for co-organizing the event. During the implementation of the InnoAquaTech project, further training activities will be provided, to which we invite already today.
Contact at the University of Gdańsk:
Hanna Łądkowska, firstname.lastname@example.org
Basia Dmochowska, email@example.com
Project website: https://www.submariner-network.eu/projects/innoaquatech
- BioCon Valley GmbH (lead) (DE)
- University of Rostock, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DE)
- Danish Technological Institute (Div. AgroTech) (DK)
- Maritime Institute in Gdansk (PL)
- University of Gdansk (PL)
- National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (PL)
- Public Institution Klaipeda Science and Technology Park (LT)
Pomerania Development Agency (PL), Garnelen Farm Grevesmühlen GmbH & Co. KG (DE), Hanseatic Environmental CAM GmbH (DE), Institute of Marine Biotechnology e.V. (DE), Economic Development Corporation Vorpommern (DE), Polish Trout Breeders Association (PL), Association “Alternative Aquaculture” (LT), JSC Geoterma (LT), JSC LETEKA (LT), Agro Business Park (DK), Atrinova Business Development (SE), Vattenbrukscentrum Ost (SE), Landwirtschaftsministerium MV (DE)