Fishery forum: Annual meeting 2016

The Norwegian forum for development cooperation in fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic environment invites to the seminar: Private sector development in aquaculture; Potentials in developing countries

Venue: Scandic Bergen City Hotel, Bergen, Norway
Time: 23 and 24 November


The Government of Norway have initiated stronger support to development cooperation within the ocean, coastal areas and fresh waters. The new programme “Fish for Development” looks to the potential for the aquatic environments as sources for both nutrition and business development. The program focuses on three main pillars, 1) Education and Research, 2) Business Development and 3) Management and Rules and Regulations. At this year’s seminar, Fishery forum seeks to address the potential for business development within aquaculture in developing countries.

Aquaculture plays an important role in feeding the world, but still holds a great potential for further contributing to food security and employment.

Invited speakers will share their experiences from the private sector, research, organisations and management with the aim of identifying critical factors and required conditions for succeeding in developing environmentally and financial sustainable aquaculture in developing countries. This also includes the need for knowledge gaps to be filled, both in the long and short term. What is the overall goal for the aquaculture production and what technology is most efficient in developing countries? Commonly both jobs, income, food security and export is included in national objectives related to aquaculture. Which challenges and opportunities does this pose? The industrial aquaculture in the developed world requires specialized competence, modern technology, regulations and is capital intensive. Is this part of what is required, in addition to a more bottom-up approach to secure both business development and food security – thus a stable industry development benefiting both small and big players?

The results from the talks and discussions will be summarized in a document that will be presented at the seminar, as well as being used as input to “Fish for Development”. We will host speakers with experience from private sector development with background from business, organisations, research and government bodies.


23 November (11:00 – 16:40)
11:00 – 11:10 Welcome
12:10 – 13:30 Lunch
14:10 – 14:30 Jonny Nikolaisen (Aquaplan-Niva, Norway): Experiences from Lesotho
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break
19:30 – Fishery Forum Dinner
24 November (09:00-14:30)
Management, organisation and tools:
09:20 – 09:40 Adel el-Mowafi (EWOS, Norway): Feed, innovation and practical competence building in aquaculture
09:40 – 10:00 Coffee break
11:20 – 12:30 Lunch
13:00 – 13:30 Discussion and conclusion
13:30 – 14:00 Coffe break
14:00 – 16:00 Norad Policy Forum