the last five years, the aquaculture of percid fishes –
such as perch or pike-perch - has gained increasing interest in
the freshwater aquaculture sector in Europe. Several new farms
have been built in different States around Europe (e.g. Lucas
Perches in France, Excellence Fish in The Netherlands, Percitech
in Switzerland, Danish Pikeperch in Denmark, PDS Irish Waters
in Ireland, etc.). In addition, many other projects will be operational
in a very near future (Irish farms, Aquapri, Denmark, etc.). All
of these private initiatives augur a promising development of
diversification activity for freshwater aquaculture.
Within the framework of two projects on percid fish funded by
the European Commission (COOP 2004 – 512629 Percatech
and COOP 2005 – 017646 Luciopercimprove),
the project coordinators intend to organise a European workshop
on Percid aquaculture, with the collaboration of the Federation
of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP).
event, which will be held in Namur (Belgium) in January 2008,
aims to disseminate recent progress that has been achieved in
the different aspects of percid fish technology (reproduction
control, feeding and nutrition, genetic improvement, market).
This will be attractive to fish farmers who are already involved
in this sector or to new potential investors in perch and pikeperch
culture. The workshop constitutes a real opportunity for an in-depth
exchange of experience between scientists and producers. The expected
attendance is 100-200 participants.
will find in this web site, the programme of this two-day conference,
which will gather presentations by both scientists and professionals
(fish farmers, traders, etc.) that have an extensive expertise
in various aspects of percid fish culture.