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Adisseo conference on aquaculture sustainability available to rewatch

Friday, December 3, 2021

The second edition of the Aqu@Event by Adisseo took place on November 23, combining an online webinar and booth platform. Under the theme The New Blue is Green, five experts shared their insights on the use of novel technologies to improve the sustainability and climate resilience of aquaculture. The talks were subtitled and followed by a live panel discussion with the speakers. 

Gorjan Nikolik from Rabobank International presented a talk on the global outlook and economic reality of insect protein, one of the promising sustainable protein sources for aquafeed in the near future. Blonk Consultants, represented by Bjorn Kok, is a Dutch company that specializes in sustainability and life cycle assessment in the agri-food sector. Bjorn explained the basics of quantifying sustainability in aquaculture and illustrated this with a few demo cases showing the potential of Adisseo’s specialty feed additives to mitigate the environmental impact of aquaculture. 

Chris Carter from the University of Tasmania, Australia, talked about the relevance of thermal stress on aquafeed formulation, an area that will require more attention to cope with more extreme climatological conditions. Han-Ching Wang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, explained the significance of the microbiome and gut health for shrimp producers, a promising area for improving shrimp’s resilience to disease outbreaks and more sustainable production. Allen Davis from the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, USA, shared his experience on evaluating alternative protein sources for shrimp feed with an emphasis on novel plant proteins. 

At the virtual booth, information kiosks were available around hot topics in aquaculture nutrition and health. At every kiosk, it was possible to make an appointment with one of Adisseo’s aqua experts.

“At the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, strong commitments were taken by world leaders towards securing global net-zero and keeping 1.5 degrees in reach. The urgent measures to tackle the climate crisis will soon have a drastic impact on our daily life and work. At the same time, all of us have great opportunities to contribute to reaching the COP26 goals by working towards a more climate-resilient, sustainable aquaculture. The first LCA studies presented at this event by Blonk Consultants, showed up to 39% improvement of the environmental footprint in aquaculture production thanks to the application of some of Adisseo’s specialty additives. Specialized feed additives can significantly reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of aquaculture through multiple ways, including reformulation using more sustainable ingredients, enhancing feed intake and digestive/metabolic efficiency, or simply improving survival thanks to better health status of your fish or shrimp,” said Peter Coutteau, BU director aquaculture at Adisseo. 

The conference talks and booth will remain available in the coming weeks here.


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