Freshwater Aquaculture Workshop,15th March, Sheraton, Athlone


Workshop on Freshwater Aquaculture

“Model Trout Farm concept – Applicability for Irish Freshwater Aquaculture ?”

(15th March 2018 – Sheraton Hotel, Athlone)


Objectives of Meeting
Following on from the 2017 MOREFISH presentation by Per Bovbjerg Pedersen (DTU), the objectives of this workshop are to present the Model Trout Farm (MTF) concept in more detail covering the following aspects:
  • Rationale behind the development of the MTF concept
  • Approach followed by the industry in bringing all stakeholders on board
  • Process followed in getting collaborative agreement and consensus across multi- stakeholder platform
  • Roles of individual stakeholders
  • Impact of initiative to the industry – discharge, water abstraction, economic etc.,
  • Impact to local communities
To that aim, three guest speakers representing the Danish freshwater trout industry will present their experiences in the transition from traditional flow through production to the MTF concept
  • Søren Jøker, manager of a model trout producing + 200 tonnes of portion sized rainbow trout on his own.
  • Peder Nielsen, private aquaculture consultant and one of the two architects behind the Danish model trout farm concept.
    He is involved with recirculated aquaculture systems (RAS) projects globally, and his approach and expertise is focused on pragmatic and economical sustainable RAS solutions.
  • Lars-Flemming Pedersen, currently works at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark, and is closely involved in the ongoing development of MTFs.
A secondary objective of this industry meeting would be to further develop the concept of the MTF for the Irish freshwater sector by proposing the development of a pilot scale MTF (potentially on an existing site/commercial farm). This would act as a demonstration/training site for the industry whilst also having the potential to demonstrate the “proactive engagement of the industry” in addressing the environmental concerns voiced by industry opposition groups. This approach could actively foster broader engagement, be a “transparent” working model of environmentally friendly aquaculture practices and act as a best practice site for the industry on which to positively promote the industry.

Target Audience
This workshop will be of interest to:
  • Aquaculture producers & representative organizations to include: State agencies & regulatory bodies to include BIM, DAFM, City & County Management Association (CCMA), Marine Institute, EPA, Local Authorities, Northern Ireland Aquaculture Initiative, IFA, Irish Salmon Grower’s Association, Angler’s Associations
  • HEI Researcher’s

Meeting Agenda
12:30 – 13:00Registration, Tea/Coffee
13:00 – 13:30MOREFISH/EcoAqua programs – overview
13:30 – 14:00Introductions: An industry overview – current state of the industry, challenges facing the industry and WFD implications for the industry.
14:00 – 14:30Lars Flemming Pedersen – Head of Section, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

“Overview of development and implementation of MTF in Denmark”
14:30 – 14:45Q&A’s
14:45 – 15:00Break
15:00 – 15:30DAA representative

“Engagement & development of working relationship with multiple stakeholders, current working model and future roadmaps. Challenges !!”
15:30 – 16:00Farmer 1 – Roadmap of farm transition, challenges, opportunities, day to day running issues, business model etc.,
16:00 – 17:00Q&A’s, Open forum discussion/Wrap up
19:30Dinner hosted by BIM