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ICES Annual Science Conference 2018

Sep 24 2018
Sep 27 2018

Sustaining the Blue Economy and Food Security: The JRC engages with the scientific community to pave the way towards an ecosystem approach to marine aquaculture.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Annual Science Conference 2018 will take place from the 24-27 September 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

Together with NOAA USA, the AWI Germany and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science USA, the JRC invites scientists to contribute to a dedicated session (Theme Session O - Working toward an ecosystem approach to North Atlantic marine aquaculture) on sustainable aquaculture during this years' Annual Science Conference hosted by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

The submission of relevant abstracts is strongly encouraged. Further information can be found below.

Marine aquaculture is globally expanding rapidly, and is regarded as a promising pillar of the Blue Economy and also for tackling the challenge of ensuring food and nutrition security for future generations.

It is generally acknowledged though that aquaculture activity must be sustainable, and we are still debating the ways and extent to which ecosystem based management can be applied to aquaculture.  This discussion is needed since societal concerns often focus on potential  impacts on the marine environment, thus acting as something of an impediment to further expansion of aquaculture. Socially acceptable sustainability criteria for marine aquaculture that could underpin an ecosystem approach have not yet found consensus. –This is also a particular issue to the EU, where marine aquaculture activity is currently not growing.   

The ICES Annual Science Conference (ICES-ASC) provides a formidable platform to boost and steer a reflection on this issue, as it is one of the major marine international conferences, since it is attended not only by numerous eminent scientists but also by managers, decision makers and the industry, and since ICES is a major marine scientific advisory body to governments and also the European Commission.


Papers which address relevant aspects are welcome. Abstracts can be submitted until 19 March 2018: ICES Annual Science Conference 2018 - Call for Abstracts

Further information: Theme Session O - Working toward an ecosystem approach to north atlantic marine aquaculture