Towards a Sustainable Finfish Aquaculture Industry for England,
                                                         1...
Food for thought……
• Addressing DEFRA’s Food Security agenda will
  require large volume finfish production in
  England:
...
Much discussion about RAS

• The rest of Europe / the world isn’t
 waiting for us…..!
  – Eg, October 2009 EATIP SRA on Re...
Background to Aquaculture
Development in Wales
• Wales has invested in regionally distinct, sustainable
    aquaculture te...
Snapshot of the Welsh Aquaculture
Industry
 • Long established “traditional” fish farming sector (trout
     for table / s...
Aquaculture in Wales

• Seabed cultivation of blue mussels:
  – > 10,000 T pa: largest such industry in the UK
  – Grant a...
Aquaculture in Wales
• Land-based marine finfish production:
  – > 1,000 T pa capacity, mainly sea bass
  – Advanced recir...
Aquaculture in Wales
• Land-based marine invertebrate production –
  – “King ragworm”
  – Traditionally for angling bait
 ...
Aquaculture in Wales
• Freshwater production of salmonids:
  – Rainbow trout for table and recreational
    fishing
      ...
Aquaculture in Wales
• Other specialty and non-
  food operations:
  – Genetically improved tilapia
    (fry and broodstoc...
Investment in Aquaculture RTD Services
• Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research
  – Aquaculture water quality control...
CSAR – Example of research activities:
   Water Quality Control in Intensive Aquaculture Systems

• A. Effects of water oz...
Effects of water ozonation on performance
of European turbot, Psetta maxima
                        200 mV   320 mV   360 ...
CSAR – Example of research activities:
    Effluent Management in Land-Based Aquaculture Systems
Fish faeces as a nutrient...
CSAR – Example of research activities:
    Effluent Management in Land-Based Aquaculture Systems
Fish faeces as a nutrient...
CSAR – Example of research activities:
        Microalgal Biotechnology

•   Photobioreactor configuration
•   Industrial ...
Government Support for Welsh
  Aquaculture Development
Welsh Aquaculture Producers’
 Association, 2008
• Not-for-profit organisation
 founded to:
  – Promote, represent and
    ...
WFS – current
status & future
development
Marine Finfish –
Key Sectoral Challenges & Opportunities

• Challenges
  – Scale of production
  – Location of cultivation...
Near Term Support Mechanisms
European Fisheries Fund, Wales

     Priority Axis   Contribution
     Axis       1    €1,741,000
     Axis       2    €4,...
EFF Grant Allocations, to Oct 2009
Additional Support via Convergence?
Summary and Conclusions
• Genuine innovations, technical advances, boosted
    aquaculture production capacity and busines...
Welsh Aquaculture Industry and Strategy
Welsh Aquaculture Industry and Strategy
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Welsh Aquaculture Industry and Strategy

  1. 1. Towards a Sustainable Finfish Aquaculture Industry for England, 13-14 October 2009 Welsh Aquaculture Industry and Strategy Dr Robin Shields Director, Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research www.aquaculturewales.com
  2. 2. Food for thought…… • Addressing DEFRA’s Food Security agenda will require large volume finfish production in England: – Which species? – Which technologies? – Which locations? – Funded how?
  3. 3. Much discussion about RAS • The rest of Europe / the world isn’t waiting for us…..! – Eg, October 2009 EATIP SRA on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems – Welsh RAS technologies being exported globally
  4. 4. Background to Aquaculture Development in Wales • Wales has invested in regionally distinct, sustainable aquaculture technologies with positive commercial outcomes. • This has involved a structured discussion between stakeholders and government over a circa 10 year period, involving the production of several strategy documents. • Sizeable public (EU) investments have been required to kick start new aquaculture developments in Wales via: – Fisheries instruments – Structural funding (Objective 1)
  5. 5. Snapshot of the Welsh Aquaculture Industry • Long established “traditional” fish farming sector (trout for table / stocking / recreational fisheries) and seabed shellfish cultivation • Recent industry growth via companies engaged in: – Systems design and manufacture – Land-based production of high value marine species – Extensive cultivation of blue mussels (largest such industry in the UK) – Development and production of specialty aqua-feeds – Breeding technologies for warm water finfish – Specialist consultancy services • Net result: Welsh aquaculture sector “punches above weight” and has strong international presence
  6. 6. Aquaculture in Wales • Seabed cultivation of blue mussels: – > 10,000 T pa: largest such industry in the UK – Grant assistance for vessels – Prime example of multi-user conflict in the coastal zone, ref Gallows Point High Court case Photos courtesy of SFIA
  7. 7. Aquaculture in Wales • Land-based marine finfish production: – > 1,000 T pa capacity, mainly sea bass – Advanced recirculating aquaculture systems – Expertise “re-imported” from Mediterannean – Grant assistance for infrastructure
  8. 8. Aquaculture in Wales • Land-based marine invertebrate production – – “King ragworm” – Traditionally for angling bait – Recent investments to enable use in high value “aqua-feeds” – Current trials with multitrophic aquaculture – trout / ragworm
  9. 9. Aquaculture in Wales • Freshwater production of salmonids: – Rainbow trout for table and recreational fishing • Approx 500 T total pa for the table, from multiple producers – static/declining – Brown trout & salmon for re-stocking
  10. 10. Aquaculture in Wales • Other specialty and non- food operations: – Genetically improved tilapia (fry and broodstock for export) – Pacific oyster production – Ornamental fish (koi carp) – Medicinal leeches – Microalgae exploitation for food/feeds and CO2 mitigation
  11. 11. Investment in Aquaculture RTD Services • Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research – Aquaculture water quality control, effluent management and bioremediation; – Sustainability of raw materials used in aquaculture (esp feed ingredients); – Algal biotechnology for CO2 mitigation, bioenergy, and feed &food applications; – Aquaculture – environment interactions.
  12. 12. CSAR – Example of research activities: Water Quality Control in Intensive Aquaculture Systems • A. Effects of water ozonation on performance of European turbot, Psetta maxima
  13. 13. Effects of water ozonation on performance of European turbot, Psetta maxima 200 mV 320 mV 360 mV Initial weight, g 142.3 139.6 140.8 Final weight, g 315.2 325.4 371.4 % feed intake 0.93 0.96 1.05 Wt gain, g/ fish /day 1.90 2.04 2.53 FCR 1.05 1.02 0.94 Survival (%) 80.0 77.1 92.9
  14. 14. CSAR – Example of research activities: Effluent Management in Land-Based Aquaculture Systems Fish faeces as a nutrient source for farmed marine polychaete worms
  15. 15. CSAR – Example of research activities: Effluent Management in Land-Based Aquaculture Systems Fish faeces as a nutrient source for farmed marine polychaete worms
  16. 16. CSAR – Example of research activities: Microalgal Biotechnology • Photobioreactor configuration • Industrial CO2 capture • Nutrient formulation (from wastes) • Biomass harvesting & processing • Modelling (biological, processes, economic) EC FP7 UK Carbon Trust Welsh Assembly Government
  17. 17. Government Support for Welsh Aquaculture Development
  18. 18. Welsh Aquaculture Producers’ Association, 2008 • Not-for-profit organisation founded to: – Promote, represent and inform Welsh aquaculture locally, nationally and internationally • > 25 full members directly involved in aquaculture production
  19. 19. WFS – current status & future development
  20. 20. Marine Finfish – Key Sectoral Challenges & Opportunities • Challenges – Scale of production – Location of cultivation sites • Opportunities – “Cluster” farm approach, with shared processing
  21. 21. Near Term Support Mechanisms
  22. 22. European Fisheries Fund, Wales Priority Axis Contribution Axis 1 €1,741,000 Axis 2 €4,869,000 Axis 3 €7,995,000 Axis 4 €541,000 Axis 5 €14,000 Total €15,160,000
  23. 23. EFF Grant Allocations, to Oct 2009
  24. 24. Additional Support via Convergence?
  25. 25. Summary and Conclusions • Genuine innovations, technical advances, boosted aquaculture production capacity and business growth thanks to direct Assembly Government support. • A long term process – Wales still in “Phase 1” after almost 10 yrs? • Strategic plans need to be specific, time-bound and incentivised: – Otherwise, international community will (again!) benefit the most from UK aquaculture investments & expertise • Welsh aquaculture industry and institutions are willing to contribute their expertise and experiences to the process of developing the finfish aquaculture sector in England

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