2018 SeaFarmers Conference

See the Conference and R&D Session Photos Here.

The theme of the conference tries to emphasize our belief that the aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia is poised for exponential growth in the coming years. The takeaways from the Ivany commission and the “Now or Never” report clearly cited aquaculture as an opportunity for economic growth for our province. In particular, rural and coastal communities are seen as a real beneficiary of this potential. We know that the challenges faced by our rural communities are not going to be magically solved.
  • The 2 and 1/2 days start on Wed. 24, 2018 with a workshop on Community Engagement strategies for NS Aquaculture farmers. Community engagement now has a regulatory requirement for new leases and renewals, and the day-long session intends to provide farmers with real tools and information about how to be successful in this area.
  • Day 2 (Thursday) is the main conference day and focuses on the areas that need to be addressed if we are to capitalize on the opportunities for growth of the industry.
  • Day 3, is both a celebration of successful R&D Research projects that have been undertaken over the past year by the industry as well as a look forward to our R&D project initiatives for the coming years. All with a view to addressing research and development requirements for growth of the sector.
It has been clear that the industry and our provincial government have been pushing for a brighter future for aquaculture development in the province. The industry has moved forward with “codes of best practice”, and the government has progressed with changes to the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act, along with a new regulatory framework (2015), that provides a path forward for aquaculture development.
Industry, over the past three years, has taken this message to communities, and stakeholder groups around the province to engage Nova Scotians in the conversation around how a responsible and sustainable aquaculture industry can provide a tremendous opportunity for our coastal communities, and this message has, in our opinion started to resonate with Nova Scotians. The discussion around creating “social licence” for aquaculture in our province is ongoing!
The conference program attempts to highlight these positive developments, as well as identify challenges that will still be faced by industry/government and communities.
  • New government processes need to be communicated and clearly understood by all stakeholders
  • Labour  in our sector has been identified as a significant challenge to the growth of the industry
  • Access to Capital has been identified as a challenge to the industry
  • Ongoing community engagement strategies continue to be a strategic initiative for the industry
  • technology developments will be highlighted throughout the conference

Join us in Halifax, Nova Scotia January 2018 for our annual conference. See the event page and full schedule here. The full Agenda can be downloaded here. Purchase tickets here (drop-down menu at top left). Book rooms at our special conference rate with our partner hotel the Delta Halifax here.

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