With a lineup of nearly 100 speakers and a program full of industry topics, the 22nd annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, being held Feb. 25–27 in Halifax, is on course to be the largest yet.
New this year, the Minister’s Conference is being held in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s (AANS) SeaFarmer’s Conference to co-host “the largest fisheries and aquaculture conference in Canada,” said Scott Samson, AANS president, in his message to conference goers.
“By bringing together all fishers and aquaculture farmers (seafood harvesters, farmers and processors) we look to continue to grow the seafood sector in Nova Scotia and develop new economic opportunities especially for our rural and coastal communities. We believe this builds a brighter future for all Nova Scotians,” said Samson.
The overarching theme of this year’s conference is quality and four key supporting pillars: technology/innovation, full utilization, automation and labour.
“The conference continues to grow with the addition of partners and more industry and businesses attending,” said Minister Keith Colwell.
“This year we feature more international speakers and members of the fishing and aquaculture industry from Nova Scotia. We will learn the latest global seafood trends, talk to fishers, processors and sea farmers about their needs and spend time discovering new opportunities for growth and profits. We’ll learn about the latest in technology, collaboration, automation, export success, maximum utilization of seafood resources, labour, climate change and much more.”
Fishing for opportunities in the EU through CETA, full utilization of marine resources, seafood by-products and product development, the latest in research vessel technology and labour initiatives update are among the topics on the conference agenda.