Tapping into blue growth:
the way forward for European aquaculture


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Speakers

 

Tamás Bardócz is principal consultant at the AquaBioTech Group. He is a Hungarian national, with an education in agriculture and aquaculture and over 15 years work experience on various areas of the fisheries and aquaculture sector. He started his career as an aquaculture technician and later interrupted his PhD studies to work as an aquaculture consultant. From 2010 until 2014 he had the position of Director General for Fisheries and Aquaculture of Hungary, where he was responsible for the preparation of a new national law on fisheries and aquaculture. He actively participated in the latest reform of the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union. Since 2014 he has been managing various tasks at the AquaBioTech Group, including aquaculture research projects and consultancy activities of the company.

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John Bell is Director for Bioeconomy, DG Research & Innovation. This includes Horizon 2020, the Bioeconomy strategy, the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking, Blue Growth and Food and Nutrition Security research and innovation for a total budget of 3.7 billion.
He has been a European Commission official since 1993. During his career he has worked in external relations on financial aid assistance programmes in the former Yugoslavia, public administration reform in Central and Eastern Europe and on Poland's accession to the EU. Dr. Bell was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner David Byrne with responsibility for enlargement, food safety, public health and global health security issues, including bioterrorism. He was Head of Cabinet to European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva on Consumer Affairs and Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on Research and Innovation, who was responsible for developing and funding Horizon 2020, mainstreaming innovation and simplification. He completed his Doctorate at St John's College, Oxford University in 1993.

 

   

Michel Berthommier is an Agriculture Engineer and holds a Master in Management of agro industries. He has been Director of a fish farm and of the Research Centre "The Clouzioux " from 1995 to 2005 He is Director of the fish farm l’Esturgeonnière: hatchery and breeding of Siberian sturgeon in South West of France near Arcachon since 1999. In 2007 he became the owner of l’Esturgeonnière. He was also President of the French Union of marine farmers and sturgeon from 2012 to 2015.

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Malcolm Beveridge
Malcolm Beveridge is acting Head of the Aquaculture Branch at FAO, Rome. From 2006-2014 he was Director of Aquaculture at WorldFish, and prior to that was Director of the Scottish Government Fisheries Research Services Freshwater Laboratory, Pitlochry. He was a member of academic staff at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland 1980 – 2001, where he was appointed Reader in Environmental Research in 2000. He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at Imperial College, University of London (2006-7) and is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling. He has a BSc in Zoology and a PhD in Ecology from the University of Glasgow.

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Arnault Chaperon
President of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers
The FEAP president was born in France in 1957, studied agriculture engineer and started his professional career at Sepia International with positions in Europe and Tunisia.
Since 1995 Arnault Chaperon has been active as CEO in the French aquaculture companies AquaNord (seabass and seabream) & Viviers de France (trout and sturgeon), and Norway Seafoods France.
Currently, he is the founder and CEO of Caviar Pirinea, a Spanish Company involved in Large Trout and Sturgeon farming.

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Hyacinthe Cloarec
Hyacinthe Cloarec has more than 2 decades of experiences in different aspects of retails and wholesalers businesses, store operation, international training and support and last 10 years in procurement and sourcing in executive position. He has been Fresh and Ultra Fresh Food Buying Director in different countries as Turkey, Poland.HyacintheCloarec is since 2012 Director Global Fish management at Metro group,his role is to create and develop the Direct sourcing Fish strategy, and ensure the seafood products access for the Metro Customers. HyacintheCloarec is managing the Fresh, Frozen and Live seafood with expert team divided in 3 trading offices over the world, Boston in US, Concarneau in France and Honk Kong. HyacintheCloarec is leading the Fish sustainability working group at Metro which is focusing on Traceability, Safety, Quality and Sustainability of the seafood at Metro.

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Willie Cowan
Willie Cowan is Head of Performance, Aquaculture and Recreational Fisheries, Marine Scotland, Scottish Government.  Marine Scotland's purpose is to manage Scotland's seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely with our key delivery partners and others.  Amongst other issues, Willie is responsible for aquaculture policy (where the Scottish Government’s policy is to encourage the sustainable growth of the sector) and the delivery of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in Scotland.

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Jean-Claude Cueff is retired since 2011, from different posts as head of unit in the DG MARE in the European Commission, the latest being as head of unit in charge of the reform of the Common  Fishery Policy, including aquaculture. Prior to his half carrier as civil servant in the European Commission, he occupied different positions in the French Fishery interbanch semi-state organization in charge of migratory species management. Educated as agronomist he started in fisheries as researcher in La Réunion, in Japan and then occupied different posts of middle management in private companies. Recently, he accepted, at the request of the industry, to chair the provisional executive Committee of the Aquaculture Advisory Committee.

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Margriet Drouillon
Dr. ir. Margriet Drouillon is senior business developer at Ghent University. She acts as the Chief Business Officer of Aqua UGent, a multidisciplinary consortium of research groups working on different aspects of sustainable aquaculture. Margriet oversees the commercialization of new research findings of these research groups to marketable technologies and products.
Dr. ir. Margriet Drouillon has more than 10 years of experience in technology transfer in the Life Sciences. She has been active in the fields of industrial biotechnology, renewables, biobased products, green chemistry and aquaculture.
She engineered several strategic alliances, research collaborations and licensing deals with industrial partners and was actively involved in the pre-seed and startup phases of several spin-off companies. This involved building a customer portfolio, finding investors, working out business cases, giving informal and formal presentations for potential investors, and setting out the priorities and securing funding for R&D of startups.
She obtained her PhD in Bioengineering Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven and her International Executive MBA at Vlerick Business School. 

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Ramón de la Figuera Morales has a Bachelors Science degree in Veterinary Science from the Complutense University of Madrid (2005), having completed his 3rd year of studies at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire of Nantes (France). In 2007, he became member of the National Veterinary Corps. It also has a Master in Evolutionary Biology (2013) from the Faculty of Biology of the Complutense University of Madrid having written his thesis on the Spanish Atlantic Salmon Population.
Since 2007 he has developed his professional activity in the General Secretariat of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, exercising functions related to the management of fishery resources in different units of the General Direction of Fisheries and Aquaculture. He has extensive experience in management of fisheries resources having participated in the development, management and implementation of different management plans such as Bluefin Tuna or National Fishing Grounds plans. In the present he is fully involved in the preparation of regional plans for the implementation of the discard ban. Since 2014, as Deputy Director of the National Fishing Grounds, Union Waters and Aquaculture, he became also responsible for the coordination and promotion of the aquaculture through the development of the strategic national plan for the aquaculture. 

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Richard Donnelly
Richard has over 25 years’ experience in the seafood industry with a diverse range of roles ranging from working as a Marine Biologist with Marine Harvest Ireland to his current position as Aquaculture Business Development Manager with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).  His career began with a Master’s of Science from Trinity College followed by a range of jobs including working on the commercial development of Ireland’s eel fisheries for the Electricity Supply Board to angling tourism with Inland Fisheries Ireland. Following on from this sales and marketing of seafood became his real passion. Working in Belgium as Sales and Marketing Manager with Pan European Fish Auctions (PEFA) gave him a taste of the international seafood market with responsibility for sales in Europe, Asia and South America. This lead to a role in the then Marketing Division of BIM in which Richard worked with numerous Irish seafood companies on market research in Europe, USA and Asia. Prior to his current role he was appointed General Manager at Abbeyfield Foods where he was involved with the sale of a diverse range of seafood products throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Richard is currently Aquaculture Business Development Manager in BIM and works closely with Irish aquaculture producers in developing business strategies.

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Angeliki Kallara
Ms Kallara studied Biology in Patras University, Greece, and then attended successfully a M.Sc. course in “Environmental Pollution Control” in Leeds University, U.K. In the years 1984-1995, she worked in the Prefectural Office of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food (then Ministry of Agriculture), in Corinth, dealing with aquaculture development and fisheries. Since 1995, she has been working in the General Directorate of Sustainable Fisheries of the above mentioned Ministry. Her current position is Director of Aquaculture and Products Utilization.

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Ann Dom
Ann Dom is Deputy Director of Seas At Risk, the European association of environmental NGOs working to protect the marine environment of the European seas. Seas At Risk has currently 30 member organizations in 16 countries. Ann has a long standing expertise on EU environmental policy and its integration into sector policies. At Seas At Risk, her work focuses on the EU’s Marine Strategy, the Integrated Maritime Policy and Blue Growth strategy, with a special focus on maritime spatial planning, aquaculture and deep sea mining. Before joining Seas At Risk in 2012 Ann was employed at the European Environment Agency and the Environment Directorate General of the European Commission. She also worked as a consultant and researcher and taught at the Free University of Brussels. Ann holds Master’s degrees in Physics and in Environmental Assessment.

 

   

MEP Linnéa Engström
Green MEP from Sweden. First vice chair of the fisheries committee, substitute member in committees ENVI and FEMM. Political scientist with a great interest in Russia, development, gender and security policy. Before becoming a member of the European parliament, Mrs Engström worked as a gender coordinator and with development support directed towards Russia, Belarus, Georgia and Eastern Europe. Her great interest and knowledge in development issues brought her close to African green partners mainly in Western Africa. Mrs Engström is currently working on the Fishing Authorization Regulation which addresses the external dimension of the Common fisheries reform, issues of great importance to the long-term sustainability and fairness of EU-fisheries agreements, joint ventures and charter agreements with third countries. Mrs Engström is also the gender coordinator in the committee ENVI, where her main focus is the issues on climate justice and gender mainstreaming of environmental and health legislation. Arnault is board member of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATIP).

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Péter Lengyel
Péter Lengyel is the head of the Aquaculture Development Unit of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture since 2014. Before this assignment, he worked for 16 years at the Hungarian Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture, first as a researcher, later as a member of the Group of International Aquaculture Development. He is also a founding member and general secretary of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central and Eastern Europe (NACEE), an international NGO with a membership of 36 research institutions, universities, producer organizations and individual producers and researchers from 10 CEE countries.

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Minister Gabriela Matečná
Ms Matečná was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic on 23rd of March 2016. From April 2012 to March 2016, she was Director General of the Slovak Land Fund (a non-profit organization established by the Act of the Slovak National Council on land consolidation) after having occupied different medium-level management positions between 2008 and 2012. From 2004 to 2007, she worked at the Slovak Agricultural Paying Agency. She previously worked at the Agroecology Research Institute, as well as in the private sector as an independent consultant. Ms Matečná finished her university studies at the Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra in the field of crop

   

Marieke Mossink is Deputy Director European Agricultural, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Food Security Department  in the Netherlands. She obtained a Master degree in Biology at Wageningen University and afterwards a PhD degree in Molecular Medicine at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 2002 Marieke started working for the national government at the ministry of Health, where she was involved in a variety of subjects such as hospital care, Youth care and infectious diseases. In 2015 she transferred to her current job at the department of Economic Affairs, with a focus on European Fishery Policy.

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Ernesto Penas Lado
Ernesto Penas Lado obtained a diploma in Biological Sciences delivered by the University of Alcala of Madrid and a PhD in marine ecosystem modelling in the USA. A former Director General for Fisheries and Aquaculture for the Galician Regional Government in Spain, his career in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, has lead him from the negotiations in the Regional Fisheries Management Organization, to the Directorate for the "Baltic Sea, North Sea and Landlocked Member States" and since mid-2010 development and co-ordination of the Common fisheries Policy, in which capacity, he negotiated the 2012 CFP reform.
   

Giuseppe Prioli graduated in Biological Sciences in 1983. Since 1986 he worked in co-operative structures of technical assistance about fishing and aquaculture. He has participated in research on bivalve mollusc farming and contributed to the design and implementation of many shellfish farms along the Adriatic coast. The close collaboration with the mollusc producers led him to assume the role of President of AMA - Associazione Mediterranea Acquacoltori, national association of shellfish farmers. Recently he was a founding member of SIRAM (Italian Society for Applied Research in Shellfish) and from February 2016 he is the president of AEPM/EMPA (European Mollusc Producers Association).

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Katrina Sichel
Katrina has worked in communications for about 20 years as a TV producer and campaign director. Formerly Director of a London-based TV PR company, Katrina brought her skills to Brussels in 2007. Since then she has worked on large multimedia campaigns for the EU institutions covering different topics and policy areas. A seasoned moderator of debates and live events, work includes the opening ceremony of EDD15 with five high-level speakers (including Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz), Healthy Buildings Day 2016 for VELUX, European Mobility Week Awards and EU Sustainable Energy Week Awards, moderations on the Circular Economy for DG ENV and allied stakeholders, and the Covenant of Mayors ceremony in the hemicycle of the EP for EUROCITIES. Katrina studied languages at Oxford University and speaks Russian, French and a (smattering of) German in addition to English.

   

François Simard is Deputy Director of Global Marine and Polar Programme of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). He is based in Switzerland at IUCN Headquarters.
After completing a Master in Hydrobiology at the University of Toulouse, he spent a year at the Tokyo University of Fisheries and obtained a DEA in Applied Ichthyology at the National Superior School of Agronomy of Toulouse in 1982.
He continues his research for a further 6 years in Japan, at Tokyo University of Fisheries, the Embassy of France and the Franco Japanese House on issues relating to aquaculture and coastal management.
He then spent 12 years at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco as Deputy Director. During these years he also deepened his knowledge of the subjects of marine conservation through its active participation in the World Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN.
In 2003 he joined IUCN as Marine Programme Coordinator for the Mediterranean, in Malaga.
In 2009, he was appointed to IUCN headquarters. He worked within the Global Marine Program on issues related to marine protected areas and sustainable use of resources. He participates in many European or global projects. He is a member of several steering or scientific committees in particular on issues related to aquaculture and marine ecosystems (OrAqua, ClimeFish, Arraina, EcoAqua). He is a member of the Board of Directors of EATIP.
Although trained as a biologist, François Simard has developed extensive expertise on issues regarding planning, conservation, development and governance.
François Simard was born in Paris in 1956. He is married and has two children, 29 and 18.

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Malin Skog
Malin Skog is a marine biologist and employed as senior analyst at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management since January 2016. Before that, Malin worked as Aquaculture coordinator at the Swedish Board of Agriculture and was responsible for developing the Swedish Multiannual Strategic Plan for Aquaculture as well as a National Action Plan for Aquaculture Development. Malin has also worked for several years as a teacher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and has a Ph.D. in Integrative Zoology from Lund University where she did research on lobster behaviour.

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Minister Martijn van Dam
On 3 November 2015, Martijn van Dam was appointed Minister for Agriculture in the Rutte-Asscher government. He worked briefly for Philips Lighting BV, leaving on 30 January 2003 when he was elected to the House of Representatives. He served as a member of the House for the Labour Party (PvdA) until 3 November 2015. The issues he covered included economic affairs, integration, media and foreign policy. From November 2012 he also served as deputy leader of the party. He was born in Zoetermeer (the Netherlands) in 1978 and obtained a Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology. 

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Commissioner Karmenu Vella
Karmenu Vella is the European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the European Commission. Earlier in his career, he was Minister for Tourism and Aviation, Minister for Public Works, Coordinator of the Maltese Labour Party parliamentary group -between 2008 and 2013-, and a Member of the Maltese Parliament from 1976 to 2014. He was born in Zurrieq (Malta) in 1950 and obtained a Degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering in 1973 from the Royal University of Malta, he was later awarded a Master of Science in Tourism from the Sheffield Hallam University (United Kingdom).
   

Marianne Wenning is currently Director for 'Quality of Life, Water & Air' in DG Environment of the European Commission. In this capacity she is overseeing the implementation and enforcement of an extensive body of environmental legislation with regard to air quality, industrial emissions, water & marine issues and industrial accidents and works towards the further integration of environmental and sustainability aspects into other Community policies.
Ms.Wenning has been working for the European Commission since 1992. She was a Head of Unit in Europe Aid (Asia) and in DG Environment (industrial emissions & air quality) before she become Director for 'Legal Affairs & Cohesion' in DG Environment from 2011 to 2013. Her experience in developing and implementing environmental policies, cutting across also areas such as transport, agriculture, regional, industrial, research and development policies includes the economic aspects of environmental policy, programme-management in Asia as well as negotiations at European and international/UNECE level in particular with regard to the Kyoto, the Montreal and the Gothenburg Protocols.

 

 







European Aquaculture

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