Aquaculture – meeting the threats of extreme weather & climate change
According to the FAO, global aquaculture production reached a record high of 114.5 million tonnes in live weight in 2018, with a total farmgate sale value of USD263.6 billion. However, this important industry is wide open to the growing impacts of extreme weather & climate change.
The issues this webinar will cover include:
- Emerging climate-related threats for the aquaculture sector: including raised sea temperatures, with implications for cold water fish like salmon and cod; increased risk of harmful algal blooms and reduced oxygen levels; increased frequency and severity of storms; flooding and/or drought for inland farms.
- Possible mitigation strategies including: relocation of sites; strengthening standards for cages and moorings; better real-time monitoring of marine conditions; relocation further offshore or to land-based RAS (recirculating aquaculture systems) facilities.
- The role the aquaculture sector can play in combating climate change. e.g. aiming for 'net zero' in the production cycle; switching from diesel to electric/hybrid power for vessels and farm sites; using renewable energy or heat from other industries to power RAS sites.
- The opportunities for innovative new and existing businesses to develop solutions to meet the challenges facing aquaculture from extreme weather & climate change.
- Robert Outram is Editor of Fish Farmer Magazine, a monthly publication that has been serving the aquaculture industry for more than 40 years.
- Anne Anderson is Head of Sustainability & Development with Scottish Sea Farms, one of the country’s leading producers of premium farmed salmon.
- Daniel Fairweather is Executive Director, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries with insurance company Gallagher and a member of the Gallagher UK ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) Committee.
- Lynne Falconer is a researcher at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, with over 10 years’ research experience in aquaculture and the environment.
- Jonathan LaRiviere is Chief Executive of Scoot Science, a technology business based in California which aims to help fish farmers protect assets, operate sustainably, and increase profits