Aquaculture Congress

Greek aquaculture as the basic pillar for the development of the national economy.

Aquaculture, and in particular fish farming, is today the most dynamically growing food production sector. According to World Food Organization (FAO) and World Bank forecasts, by 2030 more than 65% of fisheries products will come from aquaculture.

The European Union produces 2.8% of world production (2.98 million tons) with a predominantly almost stable output since 2000 and a spectacular increase in imports from third countries with competitive low-cost products. Indicatively, 68% of seafood consumption in the EU is reported. is imported and only 10% comes from aquaculture.

In Greece it is estimated that 63% of the domestic production of fishery products came from aquaculture and the remaining 37% from free fishing. Fish and their products are one of the most outward sectors of the Greek economy, contributing positively to the country’s trade balance as they exceed their respective imports. It is reported that about 78% of production is exported, while the remaining 22% is sold on the domestic market.

Concerning the international economic environment, competition from third countries is still growing, especially from Turkey, which is constantly increasing its production, with the result that in 2016 the biggest difference in the selling price between Greek and Turkish aquaculture products.

It is therefore important to have an organized, institutionalized and, at the same time, open process of exchanging positions, views and experiences within and outside Greece. Continue dialogue, draw specific conclusions and make proposals to create the dynamics needed by the rapidly growing industry to integrate sustainable development plans and strategies.

This development process will effectively boost the promotions, demands and overall position of the industry in the national economy.

Welcome Speeches

Prokopios Pavlopoulos

President of the Hellenic Republic
Speech via Video

Karmenu Vella

Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Fofi Gennimata

President of PASOK and Head of the Movement for Change


Giannis Tsironis

Alternate Minister of Agricultural Development and Food

Costas Fotakis

Alternate Minister of Research and Innovation

Stergios Pitsiorlas

Deputy Minister of Economy and Development

Kostis Chatzidakis

Vice President of New Democracy(ND) party

Bernhard Friess

Director for Maritime Policy and Blue Economy, DG MARE

Dimitris Valachis

HAPO President

George Petrakos

Dean of the University of Thessaly

Houssam HAMZA

First chair of CAQ


  • Day 1

    Jun 22, 2018

  • Day 2

    Jun 23, 2018

  • 10:00 - 10:30

  • 10:30 - 11:30
    Greeting Speeches

  • Μarianna Pyrgioti
    10:30 - 11:30
    Μarianna Pyrgioti  - DOME Consulting

  • Prokopios Pavlopoulos
    10:30 - 10:40
    His Excellency the President of the Hellenic Republic
    Prokopios Pavlopoulos  - President of the Hellenic Republic

  • Karmenu Vella
    10:40 - 10:50
    Greeting Speech
    Karmenu Vella  - Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (Speech via Video)

  • Fofi Gennimata
    10:50 - 11:00
    Greeting Speech
    Fofi Gennimata  - President of PASOK and Head of the Movement for Change

  • Kostis Chatzidakis
    11:00 - 11:10
    Greeting Speech
    Kostis Chatzidakis  - Vice President of New Democracy(ND) party

  • George Petrakos
    11:10 - 11:20
    Greeting Speech
    George Petrakos  -  Dean of the University of Thessaly

  • Dimitris Valachis
    11:20 - 11:30
    Greeting Speech
    Dimitris Valachis  - HAPO President

  • 11:30 - 12:00

  • 12:00 - 14:00 | First Panel
    Challenges and Prospects for Greek Aquaculture: The 2020 milestone and the day after

  •  Nikos Andritsos
    12:00 - 14:00
    Nikos Andritsos  -  Director SKAI 100.3

  • Costas Fotakis
    12:00 - 14:00 | Panel Participation
    The Knowledge Economy: a New Paradigm for Development in Greece
    Costas Fotakis  - Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation

  •  Bernhard Friess
    12:00 - 14:00 | Panel Participation
    The Potential of Aquaculture in the European Union
    Bernhard Friess  -  Director A, Maritime Policy & Blue Economy, DG MARE.

  • Stergios Pitsiorlas
    12:00 - 14:00 | Panel Participation
    Restructuring the Greek Economy
    Stergios Pitsiorlas  - Deputy Minister of Economy and Development

  • Kostis Chatzidakis
    12:00 - 14:00 | Panel Participation
    Prospects of Greek Economy. The Role of Aquaculture
    Kostis Chatzidakis  - Vice President of New Democracy(ND) party

  • Stefania Georgakakou - Koutsonikou
    12:00 - 14:00 | Panel Participation
    The Role of Central Markets and Fishery Organization in Promoting the Greek Fisheries Production
    Stefania Georgakakou - Koutsonikou  - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Executive member OKAA

  • Dimitris Valachis
    12:00 - 14:00 | Panel Participation
    New dynamics for greek fish farming. Opportunities and challenges for industry’s future.
    Dimitris Valachis  - HAPO President

  •  Filippos Petridis
    12:00 - 14:00 | Panel Participation
    Economic, Social and Environmental Impact of Greek Aquaculture
    Filippos Petridis  - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) AMBIO S.A

  • 14:00 - 14:30
    Lunch Break

  • 14:30 - 17:00 | Second Panel
    Aquaculture Regulatory Framework: Are we on the right track?

  • Nikos Ypofantis
    14:30 - 17:00
    Nikos Ypofantis  - Financial Journalist SKAI

  •  Giannis Tsironis
    14:30 - 17:00 | Panel Participation
    Integration of Legal Framework: Sustainable Development and Extroversion
    Giannis Tsironis  - Alternate Minister, M.R.D.F.

  • Dr. Eirini Klabatsea
    14:30 - 17:00 | Panel Participation
    Spatial Planning and Aquaculture
    Dr. Eirini Klabatsea  - Secretary General for Regional Planning and Urban Development

  • Houssam Hamza
    14:30 - 17:00 | Panel Participation
    Sustainable Development of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean. The Need for Coastal Spatial Planning and the Potential Benefits of Allocated Zones for Aquaculture (AZAs)
    Houssam Hamza  - First chair of CAQ

  • Dr. Dimitrios Oikonomou
    14:30 - 17:00 | Panel Participation
    Special Spatial Planning for Aquaculture: Axes of a Future Revision
    Dr. Dimitrios Oikonomou  - Professor of Planning, University of Thessaly

  • Dr. Manolis Tsapakis
    14:30 - 17:00 | Panel Participation
    The Good Ecological Status as A Requirement for The Further Development of The Aquaculture
    Dr. Manolis Tsapakis  - Research Director, Institute of Oceanography HCMR

  • Jelena Knezevic
    14:30 - 17:00 | Panel Participation
    Promoting Sustainable Management of Aquaculture Activities in the Mediterranean, in the Context of the UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan-Barcelona Convention System
    Jelena Knezevic  - MED POL Programme Officer (Monitoring and Assessment), UN Environment/MAP.

  • Spyros Kouvelis
    14:30 - 17:00 | Panel Participation
    Sustainability Considerations: SDG14 and Aquaculture in the Mediterranean
    Spyros Kouvelis  - Programme Director, EPLO & University of Cambridge - SDGs Center on Governance, Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

  •  Giannis Hekimoglou
    14:30 - 17:00 | Panel Participation
    The Institutional Framework for Aquaculture Governance: the Present & the Future
    Giannis Hekimoglou  - Vice-President HAPO

  • 17:00
    End of the first day

  • 09:00 - 10:00

  • 10:00 - 12:00 | 1st Simultaneous Workshop Session
    Spatial Planning and Environment as Basic Parameters for Aquaculture Development

  • Μarianna Pyrgioti
    10:00 - 12:00
    Μarianna Pyrgioti  - DOME Consulting

  • Maria Zifou
    10:00 - 12:00 | 1st Workshop Session Participation
    Spatial Planning for the Sustainable Development of Aquaculture: Conditions and Changes
    Maria Zifou  -  Special Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Energy

  • Antonis Zambelis
    10:00 - 12:00 | 1st Workshop Session Participation
    Integration of the Environmental Dimension into Development Planning through the Environmental Permits. Basic Aspects, Institutional Framework
    Antonis Zambelis  -  Environmental Licensing Division, M.E.E.

  • Anestis Gourgiotis
    10:00 - 12:00 | 1st Workshop Session Participation
    Spatial planning, the Catalyst for the Aquaculture Development: Challenges and Weaknesses. Role of Spatial Planning in Aquaculture Development: From Special to Regional Spatial Frameworks
    Anestis Gourgiotis  - Spatial and urban planning engineer, PhD Head of National Spatial Planning of the Spatial Planning Directorate, M.E.E.

  •  Foteini Stefani
    10:00 - 12:00 | 1st Workshop Session Participation
    Spatial planning, the Catalyst for the Aquaculture Development: Challenges and Weaknesses. Spatial Planning and Aquaculture: "Good Practices". Case Study: Attica Region
    Foteini Stefani  -  Surveying Engineer MSc, Head of Metropolitan Planning of Athens - Attica of Metropolitan, Urban and Periurban Areas Planning Directorate, M.E.E.

  • Emmanuel Damanakis
    10:00 - 12:00 | 1st Workshop Session Participation
    Spatial planning, the Catalyst for the Aquaculture Development: Challenges and Weaknesses. Experience to date from Aquaculture Managed Areas (AMAs) as a Tool for Implementing Spatial Planning
    Emmanuel Damanakis  - Spatial and urban planning engineer, MSc. Head of Local Level Spatial Interventions of the Spatial Planning Directorate, M.E.E.

  •  Georgios Bitsakos
    10:00 - 12:00 | 1st Workshop Session Participation
    Maritime Spatial Planning and Environment, Pillars of Aquaculture Growth
    Georgios Bitsakos  - Representative of the Board of Directors HAPO

  •  Ioanna Ν. Argyrou
    10:00 - 12:00 | 1st Workshop Session Participation
    The Rational and Integrated Spatial Development of Aquaculture
    Ioanna Ν. Argyrou  - Senior Biologist / Ichthyologist, Founder & General Manager “NAYS Ltd’’, Project Planning and Development Consultants

  •  Eva Pasakalidou
    10:00 - 12:00 | 1st Workshop Session Participation
    Management Tools Used in the Decision-making Process and in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Documentation
    Eva Pasakalidou  -  Senior Consultant, Primary Sector Department, AMBIO S.A.

  • 10:00 - 12:00 | 2nd Simultaneous Workshop Session
    Research and Technological Innovation in Greek Aquaculture

  • Andromachi Pavlou
    10:00 - 12:00
    Andromachi Pavlou  - Editor

  • Dimitris Papapanagiotou
    10:00 - 12:00 | 2nd Workshop Session Participation
    The role of greek aquaculture in creating a new nutritional model. Technology and innovation are the key.
    Dimitris Papapanagiotou  - Member of the Board of Directors, HETEPA

  • Βασίλειος Στρατόπουλος
    10:00 - 12:00 | 2nd Workshop Session Participation
    Energy Savings in Lighting Systems, Application in Aquaculture Environments
    Vasilios Stratopoulos  - Mechanical Engineer, ENERGY PLUS S.A.

  • Δρ. Πάνος Ευσταθίου
    10:00 - 12:00 | 2nd Workshop Session Participation
    Advantages of Innovative Application in Aquaculture by the Use of Copper Alloys Fish Cages
    Dr Panos Efstathiou  -  Scientific Consultant, Hellenic Copper Development Institute.

  • Alessandro Ciattaglia
    10:00 - 12:00 | 2nd Workshop Session Participation
    OCEANIS – Submersible Cage for Offshore Fish Farming
    Alessandro Ciattaglia  - Sales and Marketing Manager - EMEA, BADINOTTI GROUP

  • Δρ. Μιχάλης Μονδάνος
    10:00 - 12:00 | 2nd Workshop Session Participation
    Optical Fibres for Subsea Applications. Smart Monitoring in Aquaculture
    Dr Michael Mondanos  - Vice President, Industrial Applications & SURF (Subsea Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines), SILIXA Ltd.

  • Κώστας Σεφέρης
    10:00 - 12:00 | 2nd Workshop Session Participation
    Information and Communication Technologies for Efficient Production Management and Sustainability
    Kostas Seferis  -  Business Development Manager, I2s S.A.

  • 12:00 - 12:30

  • 12:30 - 13:00
    Closing remarks – Proposals

  • 13:00 - 13:30
    Launch Break

  • 13:30 - 16:00 | 3rd Simultaneous Workshop Session
    Aquaculture and Economic Growth: The Role of HAPO

  • Μαρία Τσιβγέλη
    13:30 - 16:00
    Maria Tsivgeli  - Editor of Athenian – Macedonia News Agency

  • Αγγελική Καλλαρά
    13:30 - 16:00 | 3rd Workshop Session Participation
    Policy Ιmplementation for Aquaculture Development
    Angeliki Kallara  -  Head of Directore of Aquaculture, Directore General of Fisheries, MRDF.

  • Γεώργιος Αμαξίδης
    13:30 - 16:00 | 3rd Workshop Session Participation
    Special Policy Directions. Improvements and Problems
    George Amaxidis  -  Consultant of Alternate Minister, MRDF.

  • Δρ. Μιχαήλ Χατζηευσταθίου
    13:30 - 16:00 | 3rd Workshop Session Participation
    Implementation of Common Market Organisation Framework for Producers Organisations
    Dr Michael Chatziefstathiou  -  Head of the Department of Common Fisheries Policy & Common Market Organisation, Directorate of Fisheries Policy & Development of Fishery Products, Directorate General for Fisheries, MRDF.

  • Γιώργος Κύρτσος
    13:30 - 16:00 | 3rd Workshop Session Participation
    Developing Aquaculture after the Greek Economic Crisis and the Sectoral Adjustment Process. Opportunities and Risks
    Giorgos Kirtsos  - Member of the European Parliament.

  • Clara Eugenia Aguilera Garcia
    13:30 - 16:00 | 3rd Workshop Session Participation
    Video Presentation on Agenda 2030
    Clara Eugenia Aguilera Garcia  - Member of European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Vice-Chair Committee of Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Member of Committee on Fisheries.

  • Frangiscos Nikolian
    13:30 - 16:00 | 3rd Workshop Session Participation
    EU Aquaculture and the Place of Producer Organisations
    Frangiscos Nikolian  - Head of Unit Responsible for Economic Analysis, Markets and Impact Assessment, DG MARE.

  • Αντώνης Χαχλάκης
    13:30 - 16:00 | 3rd Workshop Session Participation
    HAPO: National Vision of Greek Aquaculture Producers
    Antonis Chachlakis  - Secretary-General, HAPO

  • Γιάννης Πελεκανάκης
    13:30 - 16:00 | 3rd Workshop Session Participation
    Production and Promotion Plan: Midterm Goals and Implementation Risks
    Giannis Pelekanakis  - Head of Institutional Affairs, HAPO

  • 13:30 - 16:00 | 4th Simultaneous Workshop Session
    Research as a Necessary Component in the Development of Greek Aquaculture

  • Μιχάλης Σαββάκης
    13:30 - 16:00
    Michalis Savvakis  -  Publisher of Alieftika Nea

  • Σωτήρης Παυλέας
    13:30 - 16:00 | 4th Workshop Session Participation
    Programs of General Secretariat for Research and Technology Supporting Research and Innovation
    Sotiris Pavleas  - Special Advisor of the Secretary-General of Research and Technology, MERRA.

  • Λεωνίδας Παπαχαρίσης
    13:30 - 16:00 | 4th Workshop Session Participation
    ΗΕΤΕPΑ, Cooperation to Shape the Research Agenda in Mediterranean Aquaculture
    Leonidas Papacharisis  -  Chairman of HETEPA

  • Δρ. Νίκος Παπανδρουλάκης
    13:30 - 16:00 | 4th Workshop Session Participation
    Towards 2030: R&D Challenges and Goals for the Greek Aquaculture
    Dr Nikos Papandroulakis  - Research Director, Institute of Marine Biology Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), HCMR

  • Ελένη Μήλιου
    13:30 - 16:00 | 4th Workshop Session Participation
    Education and Research for a Sustainable and Responsible Aquaculture
    Helen Miliou  - Associate Professor, Department of Applied Hydrobiology, Faculty of Animal Science and Aquaculture, Agricultural University of Athens

  • Δρ. Μιχάλης Παυλίδης
    13:30 - 16:00 | 4th Workshop Session Participation
    Education, Training, Research and innovation in Aquaculture: the Role of University of Crete, Greece
    Dr Michalis Pavlidis  -  Professor, Biology Department, University of Crete

  • Παναγιώτης Βερίλλης
    13:30 - 16:00 | 4th Workshop Session Participation
    Building on Scientific Research to Promote the Growth of Greek Aquaculture to International Distinction
    Panagiotis Berillis  - Assistant Professor, Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, School of Agricultural Sciences, University of Thessaly

  • Ανδρέας Μπρέζας
    13:30 - 16:00 | 4th Workshop Session Participation
    Mediterranean Fish Nutrition: Past, Present and Future - Current Trends and Perspectives
    Andreas Brezas  - Technical and R&D Director, ZOONOMI S.A.

  • 16:00 - 16:30

  • 16:30 - 17:00
    Closing remarks – Proposals

  • 17:00
    End of the second day

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