Stuart Smith to lead delegation to AquaVision international aquaculture conference

Friday, June 3, 2016

Member of Parliament for the Kaikoura electorate Stuart Smith will lead a delegation to the AquaVision conference in Stavanger, Norway, from 13-15 June.

AquaVision, held every two years, is a world-leading international aquaculture conference. It attracts participants from over 40 countries, with world-class speakers, business leaders and aquaculture entrepreneurs.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn about aquaculture from some of the most important minds in the industry, and in one of the world’s key aquaculture producing nations,” says Mr Smith.

“I’m looking forward to learning how other aquaculture producing nations manage their social licence and environmental challenges, as well as exploring further the new technologies and the economic potential that aquaculture offers to New Zealand and to the Marlborough region in particular.”

Mr Smith was invited to attend the conference by Aquaculture New Zealand and the Norwegian provincial County Council of Rogaland. The delegation will include Marlborough District Council representatives and staff, MP for Invercargill Sarah Dowie, Environment Southland representatives, and the Southland District Council mayor Gary Tong and staff.

Aquaculture is a very important industry to the Marlborough economy, generating $160 million in regional GDP, nearly 6 per cent of Marlborough’s regional activity.

“Marlborough is the primary region in New Zealand for aquaculture, with about 62 per cent of total national aquaculture production coming from our region. The industry supports over 850 local jobs, paid at a much higher rate than average local wages,” says Mr Smith.