Next generation aquaculture


Co-Conveners: Dina Zilberg, BGU, and Amit Gross, BIDR

Food security, specifically in water scarce regions, is a local and global aim which with climate change and sustainability issues requires innovative solutions.

Many Arid regions including Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East are presently characterized by rapid population growth and urbanization that goes hand in hand with loss of agricultural land. Hence, suitable production practices should be tailor made for the increased population density resulting with an increasing demand for agriculture products. Aquaculture practices have substantial potential to expand and supply the above increasing demand. In addition, aquaculture uses a significant amount of water and produces various types of effluents. When correctly handled, it can be recycled as a source of water, energy, feed and/or nutrients. In other words waste generated in aquaculture can be managed to promote a global circular water economy and advance sustainable management practices. Currently, there is an enormous need for high quality products grown next to the customer, that can be grown sustainably with limited resources (i.e. water, nutrients and energy) and with minimal environmental footprint.
This session is aimed to present sustainable, next generation solutions for aquaculture production, such as (but not limited) to novel production systems, aquafeeds, and sustainable aquatic animal health approaches.