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Food and biomass "grown in water instead of on the land"

Aquaculture section concentrates on the world’s fastest-growing food sector – German is only 12 percent self-sufficient on seafood, leaving huge room for growth in the sector – neutral experts will be on-hand to provide independent advice

FRANKFURT/MAIN, Germany, August 24, 2016 – The topic of producing food and biomass that is "grown in water instead of on the land" will be explored at the aquaculture area in Hall 24 at EuroTier 2016. The event, which will be held at Hanover’s Exhibition Grounds from 15 to 18 November, is one of the few international agricultural fairs that address professionals in the innovative fish farming sector.

Aquaculture is the controlled production of fish, crabs, mussels, algae – indeed anything that grows in water that can be subject to tending or preservation measures such as feeding or protection from predators. Aquaculture is the world's fastest growing food sector area, and Europe – and especially Germany – has a lot of potential for growth.
Germany is a major fish importer
According to Germany’s Fish Information Centre, the country consumed 1.13 million tonnes of fish and seafood in 2015, but currently needs to import 88 percentof its requirements. This is one of the reasons that the world's leading trade fair for animal production is also presenting new and established products from aquaculture, inland fisheries and environmental engineering.

The Agriculture Minister of Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Northern Germany, Till Backhaus, who is fully behind aquaculture, would also like to “Bring fish out of the shadows”. The state passed a Landtag resolution on 7 July to strengthen aquaculture and has also published a position paper “Strategy for the development of aquaculture in Mecklenburg Vorpommern”. This is completely in line with the European Union’s viewpoint, as it supports the expansion of sustainable, resource-conserving aquaculture within its European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

According to aquaculture industry statistics, 20,900 tonnes of fish and 5,300 tonnes of shellfish were produced by 6,000 German aquaculture businesses in 2014, and this must increase! EuroTier organizer DLG (German Agricultural Society) supports this desire for growth, and has not only brought together exhibitors from the leading companies and institutions in the fields of fish production, the environment and water management, but will present an aquaculture InfoCenter too.
Consulting and information on the aquaculture life!
The DLG aquaculture Forum is part of the InfoCenter and has almost achieved cult status within the the sector. Across four days, it will offer presentations from more than 40 industry experts from Germany and the rest of the world on relevant topics and experiences. Furthermore, visitors can gain valuable perspective and advice by talking to independent experts from leading professional institutions. The "growth in the water" showcase will also highlight information on a diverse range of topics from fish, mussels and crabs to microalgae and macroalgae.
Use water and protect!
In these days of sustainability in food production, it is important that water resources should be preserved. Both fish farmers and those involved in conventional agriculture are subject to strict rules on the preservation of water quality. The aquaculture area in Hall 24 will offer an opportunity to learn about professional water treatment. Effective filtering, aeration and purification systems for water help to reduce costs, even if it does not produce more fish.

Note for editors
More information on EuroTier 2016, which is expecting about 2,500 exhibitors from more than 50 countries around the world, can be found online at: www.eurotier.com.
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Malene Conlong
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Email: m.conlong@dlg.org


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Friedrich W. Rach

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Malene Conlong

International media and communications manager