Focusing on “Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture: levers for an inclusive and efficient Blue Economy” operators in the fishing, seafood processing and aquaculture sectors met in Agadir to discuss industry challenges through Research and Innovation.
After three days of business meetings and two days of engaging with the public, AquaBioTech Group representatives had the chance to meet with key fishery stakeholders from Morocco and the West African region.
Proceeded by a high-level conference where representatives from 22 countries, (which included 17 Ministers), reaffirmed their commitment to the 2030 agenda, (adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015), and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Emphasizing the strategic role of the ocean economy and aquaculture in Africa concerning food, economic growth, jobs, and innovation. Whilst acknowledging the challenges posed by climate change, its threats to the balance of coastal and marine ecosystems, and its impacts on fisheries and aquaculture, sources of employment, and food security for several million people in Africa.
With Morocco and West Africa seeking to sustainably develop their aquaculture and fishery sectors, strengthening the capacity of key stakeholders and decision-makers, AquaBioTech Group’s representatives met with the National Agency for Aquaculture Development (ANDA), the National Institute of Fisheries Research (INRH) and COMHAFAT amongst others, who are at the forefront of all nationwide sector developments, paving the way for Morocco to achieve its ambition whilst striving to strengthen these partnerships with local stakeholders and share the best available practices and technologies to support this growing private sector.