Workshop on the Application of an Ecosystem Approach for development of Sustainable Aquaculture in Europe’s Outermost Regions(OR) and Overseas Countries and Territories(OCT)

 
 

 

INTRODUCTION

European aquaculture offers good quality products, respecting strict environmental sustainability, animal health and consumer protection standards. The excellent quality of EU seafood constitutes a competitive advantage of EU aquaculture.  A close cooperation among diverse stakeholders can further improve job creation and competitiveness of the sector. Aquaculture is one of the EU’s Blue Economy Strategy’s pillars and its sustainable development under an Ecosystem Approach can contribute to the European 2020 Strategy. It is also noteworthy that EU’s overseas regions (ORs) & Overseas territories and countries (OTCs) cover an area of 4.4 million km², equivalent in size to continental Europe, and have a combined Exclusive Economic Zone of over 15 million km², the largest in the world.

 

OBJECTIVES

As part of the Ecoaqua project, this workshop is organised by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the following objectives:

    1. Analyse the status and issues of Aquaculture in ORs and OCTs
    2. Define Guidelines to foster the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture under an Ecosystem Approach.

 

VENUE

The Aquaculture facilities of Marine Park of the University of Las Palmas

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

European Outermost regional authorities, aquaculture producers, scientists involved in aquaculture, environment, sustainability or marine special planning; other stakeholders concerned with aquaculture development.  Representatives of the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Overseas Countries and Territories as well as neighbouring countries are potential participants.

 

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

The Workshop will focus on the following outcomes:

    1. Create a platform of interaction between EU and OR / OCT actors involved in aquaculture research and development
    2. Exchange of information and networking actions among different stakeholders concerned with Sustainable Aquaculture Development through «face to face» interactive discussions.
    3. Develop Guidelines on Sustainable aquaculture development under an Ecosystem approach for ORs and OCTs.

 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

Workshop dates: The Workshop will start on Monday 13th and finish on Thursday 16th of July 2015, The activities will be spread over 4 days (including the day of arrival) to allow plenty of time among attendants for exchange of ideas, enriching and inspiring discussions as well as to taste a little bit of the Canarian charming atmosphere / gastronomy.

Workshop structure: Morning Sessions will cover thematic presentations and the Afternoon Sessions will focus on discussions and drafting of the Guidelines. The Afternoon Sessions will be structured in such a way to facilitate the flow of diverse viewpoints and the exchange of ideas among the different stakeholders. An appointed Chairperson as well as the corresponding Rapporteur will moderate each Session.

The expected Guidelines resulting from this Workshop will be framed around 2 Major pillars:

    1. Society and Aquaculture
      • Labour, Jobs and Women
      • Economics and Markets
      • Legislative Measures
      • Education and Training
      • Food Security
      • Tourism
    2. Environment and Aquaculture
      • Carrying Capacity
      • Escapes, Parasites and others
      • Key Habitats
      • Marine Ranching
      • Site selection
      • Technology & Innovation

 

Workshop Location

All Workshop’s sessions will be held at the Scientific and Technological Marine Park of the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Taliarte, Gran Canaria, Spain. The building is located near the Taliarte Lighthouse, 10 min. by car / taxi from the Gran Canaria Airport.

Registration fees

A registration fee of 150 € is compulsory for all participants. Please fill up the official Workshop Registration Form. Selected attendants from other ORs and OCTs will be funded by the Ecoaqua ERA Chair project.

Space is limited to a maximum of 45 attendees. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and we have limited space so register today! Click here
Please contact the Secretariat for further details.

Secretariat

Ecoaqua Project Office (Dr. G. Courtois de Vicose, gcourtois@fpct.ulpgc.es)

Coordination

Dr. R. Haroun (IU-EcoAqua / Dr. S. Kaushik (Ecoaqua ERA Chair)

 

WORKSHOP PRELIMINARY AGENDA

Day 1: Monday July 13th
09:00PARTICIPANTS ARRIVAL
17:00REGISTRATION
18:00

OPENING CEREMONY: Welcome Speech (ULPGC's Rector)

 

PLENARY LECTURES

18:15

Seafood from Aquaculture (EAS, Sachi Kauschik)

18:30

EU EcoAqua ERA Chair Programme (ULPGC, Ricardo Haroun)

18:45

EcoAqua Platform (FPCT-ULPGC Gercende Courtois de Viçose)

19:30WELCOME RECEPTION
Day 2: Tuesday July 14th
 SESSION ONE: Ecosystem approach for Sustainable Aquaculture Development (from global to local)
09:30

FAO Ecosystem Approach for Aquaculture (FAO, José Aguilar)

09:50

State of the Art of Spanish Aquaculture (Spanish Fisheries and Aquaculture resources department, Ramón de la Figuera Morales)

10:10

IUCN Ecosystem Approach (IUCN, François Simard)

10:30COFFEE BREAK
 SESSION TWO: The State of the art of aquaculture development in EU’s ORs & OCTS
11:00

 Spanish territories: Aquaculture Research, Grupo de Investigación en Acuicultura (ULPGC, Juan Manuel Afonso)

11:20

Aquaculture Development in the Azores  and Madeira Archipelagos: constraints and perspectives (Fisheries Directorate of Madeira, Carlos Andrade)

11:40

French territories: (Union des Aquaculteurs d’Outre Mer, François Herman)

12:00

New Caledonia and the Pacific (ADECAL, Manuel Ducrocq)

12:20

OCTA Association: Procedures and management of Regional European Development Fund for aquaculture projects in OCT's and links with OR's (SODEPAR, Olivier Gaston)

13:00LUNCH
14:30

Working groups (Economics measures, Technology & Innovation, Environmental issues, Legal and Societal issues, Education & Training)

Outcomes of Working groups, reporting

Day 3: Wednesday July 15th
 SESSION THREE: Stakeholders presentations

09:00

Marine Spatial Planning supported by EU environmental legislation (European Research Center, Andrej Abramic)

09:20

Ecosystem perspective on ORs & OCTs. (IUCN, François Simard)

09:40Analysis and evolution of aquaculture production in the Canary Islands: Planning tools. (Fisheries Agency, Canarian Government)
10:00COFFEE BREAK
10:30

Spanish Aquaculture Multiannual Strategic Plan (Spanish Biodiversity Foundation, Cristina García)

10:50

Aquaculture Law and Policies in the European Union:  Applying Ecosystem-Based Management. (National University of Ireland Galway, Ronán Long)

11:10

EU aquaculture policy: challenges and opportunities for OR and OCT (European Commission-DG MARE, Dario DUBOLINO)

11:30Tour of Ecoaqua’s Main Facilities
13:00LUNCH
 SESSION FOUR
14:30

Working groups (Economics measures, Technology & Innovation, Environmental issues, Legal and Societal issues, Education & Training)

17:00Outcomes of Working groups / General Discussions
17:30Next steps/Guidelines requirements
20:30Workshop Dinner *
Day 4: Thursday July 16th
 SESSION FIVE

09:00

Working groups reporting and general challenges identification

10:30COFFEE BREAK

11:00

11:30

Spatial Planning Projects at FAO (FAO, Jose Aguilar)

Workshop General Discussion on Guidelines

12:30Workshop Summary
13:00Closing Ceremony
13:00LUNCH 
14:30PARTICIPANTS RETURN TRIP/POSTWORKSHOP ACTIVITIES **