Cultivating Trans-Atlantic Ocean Foods Entrepreneurship Through International Scientific and Educational Cooperation

Organized by the University of New England (UNE), New England Ocean Cluster, Holar University College, and the University of Akureyri 23. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 17:15-18:45

Location: Esja, Harpa Fifth Level

The world’s oceans produce only 1-4% of total human foods. Aquatic protein production systems of fisheries and aquaculture are far superior choices for global investments to 2050 and beyond in comparisons to any other terrestrial animal protein production systems. Nutrient-rich, omega-3 rich, seafoods are, from other global scientific reviews, better food choices for human health than land-based protein foods.

This session will focus on the needs for international scientific and educational partnerships for the full utilization and sustainable development of the rapidly developing North Atlantic and peri-Arctic seas fisheries and aquaculture resources. Full marine product utilization can lead to the development new ocean-based product development/recycling/innovation economies as more sustainable alternatives to the current, inefficient ocean food economies where about one-half of all fisheries harvests are wasted. We propose new, innovative, international university marine entrepreneurship programs to develop the next generation of ocean foods leaders that will implement the ideals of the FAO Conventions of responsible fisheries and ecological aquaculture and their allied economic opportunities. The session will develop new networking and partnership opportunities between academic institutions and seafood trade, product, and marketing institutions


  • Patrick Arnold, CEO of Soli DG: Achieving Full Utilization in the Ocean Economy
  • Barry Costa-Pierce,Professor, Chair and Director of the Department of Marine Sciences, Marine Science Center, University of New EnglandNew International Programs in Ocean Food Ecosystems
  • Ögmundur Knútsson, Dean, School of Business and Science, University of AkureyriDevelopment and Opportunities in North-Atlantic Fish Industry
  • Helgi Thorarensen, Professor of Aquaculture and Fish Physiology, Holar University College: Future Challenges to Aquaculture in the Arctic
  • Glenn Page, President/CEO of SustainaMetrix, USA; Developmental Evaluator in Residence, Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience, University of DundeeMeasuring Progress to Sustainability Through Complexity, Innovation and Learning