Report of the Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010 – Farming the waters for people and food.  Phuket, Thailand, 22–25 September 2010

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 988

Report of the Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010 –
Farming the waters for people and food
Phuket, Thailand, 22–25 September 2010






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Report of the Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010 – Farming the waters for people and food. Phuket, Thailand, 22–25 September 2010.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 988. Rome, FAO. 2012. 84pp.

Organized by FAO and NACA and hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010 - Farming the waters for people and food (Phuket Conference on Aquaculture) was held from 22 to 25 September 2010 in Phuket, Thailand. Its purpose was to review the present status and trends in aquaculture development, evaluate the progress made in the implementation of the Bangkok Declaration and Strategy on Aquaculture Development Beyond 2000, address emerging issues in aquaculture development, assess opportunities and challenges for future aquaculture development, and build consensus on advancing aquaculture as a global, sustainable and competitive food production sector. This event was a follow-up to the Conference on Aquaculture in the Third Millennium, which was organized by Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) and FAO in February 2000, and the Kyoto Conference on Aquaculture organized by FAO in May and June 1976. Attended by 446 registered participants from 80 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Near East, North America and Oceania, representing all stakeholder groups in aquaculture, it was organized in four sessions (introduction and opening, regional reviews and a global synthesis on aquaculture development, thematic sessions in six plenary lectures and 20 expert reviews, recommendations and conclusions based on these thematic reviews) and included three invited guest lectures, four side events and poster sessions (abstracts of 144 papers).

A main outcome of the Phuket Conference on Aquaculture is the "Phuket Consensus". This "Consensus" reaffirms commitment to the principles laid out in the Bangkok Declaration and Strategy adopted in the Global Conference on Aquaculture in 2000 and recommends additional actions to address contemporary priorities. These recommendations consist in: (i) increasing the effectiveness of governance of the aquaculture sector; (ii) encouraging and facilitating greater investments in scientific, technical and social innovations; (iii) conducting accurate assessments of the progress and contributions of aquaculture (including aquatic plants) to national, regional and global economies, poverty alleviation and food security; (iv) intensifying assistance to the small farmers; (v) supporting gender sensitive policies and implement programmes that facilitate economic and political empowerment of women through their active participation in aquaculture; (vi) increasing and strengthening collaboration and partnerships; and (vii) giving special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and the least aquaculturally developed countries and areas in order to allow them to develop their aquatic resource potentials.

This report summarizes the presentations, discussions and insights provided by the Conference. It includes five parts and one Annex section. Part 1 covers the introduction session of the Conference and provides an overview of the whole event. Part 2 recaps the presentations and discussions of the regional and global reviews on aquaculture development. Part 3 summarizes the presentations and discussions of the six thematic sessions. Part 4 summarizes the presentations and discussions of the three invited guest lectures. Part 5 reviews the recommendations from the six thematic sessions. The Annex section includes the list of participants, the Conference program, the abstracts of the two keynote addresses and the three invited guest lectures as well as the full text of the Phuket Consensus. Regional reviews, the global synthesis and the thematic reviews are published separately.


Table of Contents

Abbreviations

PART 1: INTRODUCTION

 

Background

 

Objectives

 

Organization

   

Preparatory activities
Opening ceremony
Inputs

     

Keynote addresses
Global and regional reviews on aquaculture
Plenary lectures
Expert panel presentations
Invited guest lectures
Poster sessions
Side events

   

Outputs

     

Phuket Consensus
Report of the Conference
Other publications

PART 2: SALIENT POINTS OF REGIONAL AND GLOBAL REVIEWS ON AQUACULTURE

 

Regional review: Aquaculture development in sub-Saharan Africa

 

Regional review: Aquaculture development in Asia-Pacific

 

Regional review: Aquaculture development in Europe

 

Regional review: Aquaculture development in Latin America and the Caribbean

 

Regional review: Aquaculture development in the Near East and North Africa

 

Regional review: Aquaculture development in North America

 

Global aquaculture synthesis

 

Plenary discussion

PART 3: SALIENT POINTS OF THEMATIC SESSIONS

 

Thematic session I: Resources, technologies and services for future aquaculture

   

Plenary lecture I: Resources, technologies and services for future aquaculture: a needs assessment for sustainable development

   

Expert panel presentation I.1: Responsible use of resources for sustainable aquaculture

   

Expert panel presentation I.2: Novel and emerging technologies: can they contribute to improving aquaculture sustainability?

   

Expert panel presentation I.3: Providing high quality feeds for aquaculture and getting out of the fish meal trap: opportunities and challenges

 

Thematic session II: Sector management and governance in aquaculture

   

Plenary lecture II: Sector management and governance in aquaculture: an overview

   

Expert panel presentation II.1: Improving aquaculture governance: what is the status and who is responsible for what?

   

Expert panel presentation II.2: Aquaculture and socio-economic growth and development: enabling policies and partnership for improved benefits

   

Expert panel presentation II.3: Investment, insurance and risk management for aquaculture development

 

Thematic session III: Aquaculture and environment

   

Plenary lecture III: Maintaining environmental integrity through responsible aquaculture: constraints, opportunities and challenges

   

Expert panel presentation III.1: Promoting responsible use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity for sustainable aquaculture development

   

Expert panel presentation III.2: Addressing aquaculture-fisheries interactions through the implementation of the ecosystem approach to aquaculture (EAA)

   

Expert panel presentation III.3: Improving biosecurity: a necessity for aquaculture sustainability

 

Thematic session IV: Responding to market demands and challenges: ensuring food safety and quality, economic viability and sectoral diversity

   

Plenary lecture IV: Responding to market demands and challenges: making aquaculture a competitive food producing sector for the benefit of world consumers

   

Expert panel presentation IV.1: Facilitating market access for producers: addressing market access requirements, evolving consumer needs, and trends in product development and distribution

   

Expert panel presentation IV.2: Consumer assurance: market-based quality schemes, certification and traceability, eco-labelling, retailer specifications

   

Presentation IV.3: Organic aquaculture: the future of expanding niche markets

 

Thematic session V: Improving knowledge, information, research and development and regional cooperation in aquaculture

   

Plenary lecture V: Improving knowledge, information, research, extension and communication on aquaculture

   

Expert panel presentation V.1: Investing in research, communication, training/extension for responsible aquaculture

   

Expert panel presentation V.2: Servicing the aquaculture sector: role of state and private sectors

   

Expert panel presentation V.3: Progressing aquaculture in this knowledge economy through virtual technology and decision-making tools for novel management

   

Expert panel presentation V.4: Information and data needs: a strategy for improving aquaculture statistics

 

Thematic Session VI: Enhancing the contribution of aquaculture to poverty alleviation, food security and rural development

   

Plenary lecture VI: Enhancing contribution of aquaculture to poverty alleviation, food security and rural development

   

Expert panel presentation VI.1: Protecting small-scale farmers: a reality within a globalized economy?

   

Expert panel presentation VI.2: Alleviating poverty through aquaculture: how can we improve

   

Expert panel presentation VI.3: Addressing human capital development and gender issues in the aquaculture sector

   

Expert panel presentation VI.4: Supporting farmer innovations, disseminating indigenous knowledge and aquaculture success stories

PART 4. SALIENT POINTS OF THE INVITED GUEST LECTURES

 

Invited guest lecture I: Is feeding fish with fish a viable practice?

 

Invited guest lecture II: The potential of aquaculture to improve human nutrition and health

 

Invited guest lecture III: Coping with climate change: a real challenge for aquaculturists

APPENDIXES

 

1. List of participants

 

2. Conference programme

 

3. Abstract of keynote address I: Aquaculture and sustainable nutrition security in a warming planet by M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman, Research Foundation

 

Abstract of keynote address II: Global aquaculture development since 2000: progress made in implementing the Bangkok Declaration and Strategy for aquaculture development beyond 2000, by Mr Jiansan Jia, Chief, Aquaculture Service, (FIRA)

 

Abstract of invited guest lecture I

 

Abstract of invited guest lecture II

 

Abstract of invited guest lecture III

 

4. The Phuket Consensus: a re-affirmation of commitment to the Bangkok Declaration


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