World Aquaculture Conference

  • Delegates visited important South Australian industry hubs on the Eyre Peninsula including Oyster, Abalone, Yellowtail Kingfish and Tuna operations in Port Lincoln and surrounding areas
  • Strong emphasis on sessions relating to environmental and social responsibility demonstrating the industry’s commitment to long term sustainable growth
  • High quality presentations from experienced speakers, industry representatives, early career scientist and students
  • Extremely healthy level of networking amongst industry and research and between Australian and overseas delegates
Attendance 2,600 delegates
Host City Adelaide, Australia
Venue Adelaide Convention Centre
Date 2014 - June

The World Aquaculture Conference is the largest aquaculture conference in the world and is held annually rotating between a number of continents. Australia last hosted the event 15 years prior in Sydney in 1999.

The World Aquaculture Conference brings together worldwide consultants, farmers, technicians, investors and general professionals of the global aquaculture industry. The conference provides business to business opportunities between industry leaders currently worth A$100 billion pa globally and growing at a rate of 10% pa.

The 2014 Conference provided an invaluable platform for experts around the world to share their ideas and knowledge. Eighty individual sessions were conducted during the conference with a quarter relating directly to sustainability and social responsibility within the sector.

The World Aquaculture Conference was the largest held at the Adelaide Convention centre in 2014, far exceeding event organisers’ and delegates’ expectations. For the 5 day Conference, 2000 delegates attended with over half coming from 65 countries of origin. World Aquaculture

2014 generated considerable economic benefit to South Australia and was well aligned with one of the State’s key economic priorities.

68% of attending delegates extended their stay in South Australia conducing pre and post touring in the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale.

The Adelaide Convention Bureau partnered with a strong collaboration of industry to submit the winning bid for 2014. Key partners included the South Australian Government, Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI), Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Skretting Australia and Team Adelaide partners – South Australian Tourism Commission and Adelaide Convention Centre.

The South Australian aquaculture industry is highly regarded around the world and is leading the way in implementing dedicated aquaculture management legislation. Sustainable aquaculture is acknowledged as the greatest opportunity to meet the demand in growth of the world’s future seafood needs and South Australia’s successful governance and framework in this area was viewed as highly favourable amongst decision-makers.

“I thank in particular the Government of South Australia for its sponsorship of World Aquaculture 2014 and the huge commitment of resources and staff it made to ensure the event was successful.
As one of the leading aquaculture states in Australia, it is most appropriate that this conference was held in the beautiful city of Adelaide.”
Dr Graham Mair- Immediate Past-President, 
World Aquaculture Society


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