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Sin innovación no hay futuro y también afecta a la acuicultura

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¿Se imaginan una empresa que llegue a la conclusión que no necesita un departamento de contabilidad, o de compras, o de producción, o de márquetin? ¿Se imaginan una empresa a la que no le importe sus clientes? Si la respuesta es que no, probablemente es que no exista o que si existió ha dejado de hacerlo debido a que no ha tenido futuro.
Yo no entiendo una empresa que decida que no necesita innovar, o que hacerlo es un coste o una inversión que no va con ellos. Que lo que hacen ya está bien, que los cambios no van a ser tan drásticos y que no es necesario hacer nada porque el futuro inmediato es tan estable y previsible que no cambiará nada.
El Clúster Acuiplus junto con el Instituto de Acuicultura de la USC ha organizado una jornada, ¿En qué consiste innovación en acuicultura?, con el objetivo de dar respuesta o abrir debate, mejor dicho, sobre este aspecto. Ha sido un acercamiento muy ambicioso, arriesgado y de difícil digestión ya que en una mañana (apenas 3 horas) se han concent…

Mediterranean marine aquaculture is on the way to becoming a myth

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Mediterranean marine aquaculture is on the way to becoming a myth, if it is not already.
We have recently held the first Workshop of the MedAID-EU Project, where the results of the first year of work have been presented, an evaluation of the producing sector and an analysis of the main competitiveness indicators. Our colleagues from the University of Cantabria, in their presentation, indicated that a significant change is taking place in the sector, and point out that there is a trend towards business concentration, but not any concentration, but aimed at having fewer and fewer companies and larger.
These sectoral changes have occurred previously (2004 and 2011 are the most significant) but always within an order of magnitude clearly Mediterranean and with a proprietary and corporate structure that we could also define as Mediterranean or rather European.
Selonda, Nireus and Andromeda (three large Greek companies) have just come together with the aim of creating a joint venture to facili…

The future is digital for aquaculture

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Last December WUR presented its model to implement a policy based on FAIR data. Some of the most interesting concepts, which I cite below, can be perfectly applied to the aquaculture field.
“The future is digital for food systems, farming systems, health and the environment. These areas are increasingly driven by data and high tech innovations using new technologies, sensors, robotics and artificial intelligence.”
New aqua technologies plays a crucial role in enabling this digital transformation. In the coming years, crucial goals will be developing Artificial Intelligence and big data analytic algorithms for aquaculture, designing innovative fair field data infrastructures that operate across scientific disciplines. Such achievements drive technical developments for different aspects related with aquaculture, like individually tailored feed adapted, personalised fish health; improve genetics, new food products, and the efficient monitoring for the anticipation of the effect of climate …