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Typical farm approach training in Prague on November 6th 2019
The agri benchmark Fish team has a new exciting workshop on the typical farm approach in store: Together with our partners from the Institute of Agricultural Economics & Information (IAEI) we will spend one day (November 6th) in Prague exchanging about the potentials and the methodology of the typical farm approach. In addition to input sessions and plenary discussions, a group work session will allow the participants to actively apply the newly learned method and to pre-define a typical Czech carp farm.
The agri benchmark Fish team is very much looking forward to fruitful discussion and exchange on the typical farm methodology and its application to the Czech carp sector!

Strategy Group Social Science & Humanities of the German Marine Research Consortium is meeting at the Thünen-Institute in Bremerhaven on November 14th-15th
The Thünen-Institute in Bremerhaven has the pleasure to host this year’s fall meeting of the Strategy Group Social Science & Humanities of the German Marine Research Consortium. This group represents a valuable space to exchange and discuss perspectives on marine and limnic issues coming from the social sciences and humanities. Calls for relevant expertise in these fields to develop responses to current and emerging issues concerning the marine and its resources are intensifying and result from the increasing influence of human society on marine and limnic ecosystems.
For registration please use the following link: Registration
Abstracts (max. 200 words) can be sent to (until Sept. 30th) Tobias.Lasner@thuenen.de

Looking back: “fishing for data” agri benchmark Fish training days in Bremerhaven
20 participants from 10 countries out of Europe and Africa met for the agri benchmark Fish training on the typical farm approach from February 26th – 27th, 2019 in Bremerhaven at the Thünen-Institute.
The workshop took place against the background of the current need for proven and practical methods of economic data collection. Besides agri benchmark partners, participants from the Data Collection Framework of the European Union (DCF) and the Horizon 2020 project Green Aquaculture Intensification in Europe (GAIN) participated successfully.
The introduction to the typical farm theory with diverse examples for application was followed by a step-by-step in-depth explanation of the methodology. The first of these steps of typical farm definition could be tested during intensive practical group work.
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An excursion to the most modern experimental recirculating aquaculture system in Europe has been an additional highlight.

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August, 2019
Dear friends of agri benchmark Fish,
Lina-Marie Huber (©Hendrik Brückner - TI) this is Lina-Marie, brand new member of the agri benchmark Fish team. Having joined the team just last month, I am very much looking forward to upcoming fruitful discussions, interesting events and fascinating insights into seafood production!
The last months contained a great deal of the latter and kept the agri benchmark Fish team quite busy: there were not only research results to be published, typical salmon farms in Norway to be visited, events to further spread and deepen expertise on the typical farm approach to be planned and hosted, but also a new pilot research project to be started.
We enjoyed this exciting time and are happy to share our experiences with you in this newsletter!
Enjoy your read and many greetings from Bremerhaven!
Lina-Marie Huber
On behalf of the agri benchmark Fish Team

New DCF pilot project “Typical farms in the German aquaculture sector”
While the global trend of remarkable growth of aquaculture production is continuing, potentials of the German aquaculture remain untapped resulting in stagnation. Furthermore, little reliable information is available about the small but complex economic sector. By this means, calculating impacts of political measures on this sector remains as difficult as developing solutions and recommendations on its economic development. To address this gap a more detailed data set is needed than the one standardized questionnaires can provide.
DCF Pilot Project
German trout farm (©Tobias Lasner - TI)
As the typical farm approach represents a promising alternative tool to burdensome classic surveys its application to the German aquaculture seems to be a useful procedure to gain insights into the dynamics of German fish farming. And moreover, to contribute to considerations on the extent to which classical questionnaires can ensure the data quality needed to develop adequate political measures or if the used methodology has to be reformed.
For this purpose a new pilot project within the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF) has been launched with the primary objective to establish a network of model farms of the German Aquaculture industry to monitor and benchmark their cost structures and profitability. The study focuses on carp and trout farms (the main species of the German aquaculture sector) in the federal states of Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Lower-Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony where 80% of the total production takes place.

Latest Publications of the agri benchmark Fish
Viability of cork-enriched feed in trout farming – An agri benchmark Fish study on innovative aquaculture techniques
The study Viability of cork-enriched feed in trout farming analyses the potential economic benefits of cork-enriched feed for rainbow trout grow-out systems. For this purpose the implementation of the innovative feed was projected for selected typical trout farms to test its economic feasibility and its impact towards the cost effectiveness of the trout farms under diverse scenarios.
The key feature of cork-enriched feed namely to result in floating firm faeces allows an easy and fast faeces removal which facilitates the waste management of the farm and improves the water quality.
During the simulation it became apparent that the cork-enriched feed is a highly viable alternative to conventional feed if an increase in production can be achieved relatively fast. The use of cork-enriched feed is not profitable for smaller operations but for large farms, using cost intensive filtration techniques.
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Viability of cork-enriched feed in trout farming - An agri benchmark Fish study on innovative aquaculture techniques
(G. Behrens, 2019)

Typical salmon production in Norway
As part of the EU H2020 research projects CERES and GAIN we collected data of a typical Atlantic salmon net cage production system for the main producing region in Norway and had the chance to visit this highly professionalized sector just recently. With salmon representing the most important aquaculture finfish species produced in Europe and Norway as the most important conventional producer worldwide, this model farm opens interesting opportunities for research questions related to European aquaculture production.
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Atlantic salmon net cage farm in Nordland, Norway(©C. Kreiss - TI)
Within the EU-project CERES we will compare climate change effects between conventional production in Norway and organic salmon production in Ireland. Our most recently started EU project GAIN focuses on the ecological intensification of aquaculture in Europe and thereby on cost-benefit analyses of precision aquaculture, innovative feed formulations and co-products from the re-use of aquaculture secondary materials.

Did you know?
In this section you find short information in regular intervals on particularities of production, sector, policy or trade in agri benchmark member countries.
net cage farm One of the biggest players is one of the youngest: Turkey’s sea bass and sea bream sector
The first sea bass and sea bream hatcheries came up in the middle of the 1980s, shortly after commercial rainbow trout farming has marked the success start of Turkish aquaculture in the mid-1970s. An aquaculture friendly policy and diverse initiatives from the business sector led to rapid growth in production and sales volume, beginning in the early 2000s and continuing on today.
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