S15 Aquaculture Blue Economy

In 2014, for the first time the aquaculture contribution to the supply of fish for human consumption overtook that of wild caught fish in the world. Aquaculture has also been the fastest growing animal-food-producing sector over the last few decades. Therefore, it has been considered as the key sector to address one of the greatest challenges in the world – how to feed more than 9 billion people by 2050. In Australia, the new national aquaculture strategy aims to double the value of the aquaculture industry to $2 billion per annum by 2027, meaning that the annual production will have to grow by 7% over the next ten years. This expansion will need to occur in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. The Aquaculture Blue Economy symposium will address the latest aquaculture developments in Australia, including policy and natural resource management, cutting-edge innovations to diversify and improve production and productivity, nutrition and sustainable feeds, disease and pest management, genetics and molecular technologies, environment assessment and monitoring, environmental modelling and forecasting, and social and economic impacts.

Symposium led by

Xiaoxu Li
SARDI Aquatic Sciences

Steven Clarke
SARDI Aquatic Sciences

Kate Rodda
PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture