AQUAFIMA and AQUABEST project Final Conference “Sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region – boosting region development while limiting environmental effects”

Aquafima : 28.02.2014

The Baltic Sea Region transnational programme AQUAFIMA and AQUABEST project Joint Final Conference took place in Mariehamn, Aland Islands, Finland on 5-6 February 2014. Up to 120 participants attended the event, representing Research Institutions, Government, Academia, Administration and Environmental Institution, Business field and other relevant stakeholders that are involved in management and sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region.

Conference was moderated by Lovisa Selander (Head of Water and Environmental Affairs/ Baltic Development Forum).

Final conference was opened by welcome speech of Carina Aaltonen, Minister for Environment at the Government of Åland and both project lead partners - Jouni Vielma (AQUABEST project, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute) and Matti Skor (AQUAFIMA project, State Development Cooperation Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). Further invited speakers: Ole Torrissen (ICES), Mikhail Durkin (HELCOM) and Raimonds Vesers (EU Comission, DG MARE) continued the plenary session and gave presentations on present state and future role of aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region. The afternoon session started with AQUAFIMA and AQUABEST project lead partner presentations dedicated to project aims and activities, project partnership and gained results. The panel discussion, involving all speakers of the day on “Sustainable development of aquaculture in the light of healthy Baltic Sea” concluded first day of the Final Conference.

There is possibility to watch online first day of the Conference here.

Second day of the conference was mainly dedicated to projects detailed overview. Respectively, morning interactive session: “How does the project partners contribute to sustainable aquaculture in their region?” was introducing the audience with AQUAFIMA and AQUABEST project results and regional activities in video/photo presentations that were performed by each partner. Environmental Development Association informed about main regional activities “Case Study of NATURA 2000 Territory in Latvia and Analysis of the Aquaculture Development Restrictive Aspects in the Baltic Sea Region” and “Salmon and sea trout pilot plans for rivers Salaca and Vitrupe”. Further and continuing in the afternoon, participants had the opportunity to participate in the several parallel working sessions. During the parallel session “Environmental regulation of aquaculture and stakeholder attitudes” EDA presented results based on performed regional Case Study of Natura 2000 Territory in Latvia and restrictive aspects of aquaculture development.

AQUAFIMA and AQUABEST projects are now finalized, but the work that have been done, achieved results is yet another great step towards sustainable development of aquaculture.

Final Conference Presentations and additional information is possible to view here.