Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon among delegates at Aquavison Conference

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Aquaculture’s elite have gathered in Norway for the biannual Aquavison Conference to thrash out the industry’s future.

The sell-out event in Stavanger will witness discussion on a wide range of issues from salmon and prawn farming to the industry’s potential in Africa.

Keynote speakers include the former UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

In his UN role, Ban Ki-moon oversaw the implementation of 17 sustainability goals while Crown Princess Victoria is a keen supporter for clean seas.

Conservation, the environment, sustainability and land-based production are among the top topics up for debate as the booming industry impacts on more and more coastal communities.

“The goal is to help set the agenda for how the global aquaculture industry can grow in the future,” says Eivind Helland from Blue Planet, which helps organise the bi-annual gathering.

2018 is the fifth installment of the Aquavision Conference, which is backed by feed giant Skretting and its parent company Nutreco.

Some 440 participants from 45 nations are in Stavanger for the two-day event.

“This is very much a leadership conference,” said Helland.