Within the scope of the international EU project SUCCESS, the Thünen Institutes of Sea Fisheries and Fisheries Ecology hosted an Aquaculture Expert Workshop on 14 April 2016 in Hamburg. The main goal was to identify the key issues linked to an expansion of the aquaculture sector. To synergise approaches of the European fisheries and aquaculture research, SUCCESS partners have been working closely together with the EU Horizon 2020 sister projects AquaSpace and CERES in preparation of the stakeholder meeting. Bringing together experts and stakeholders from the fields of nature conservation, politics, economy, science and administration the present and future of aquaculture in Germany have been discussed. The plurality and complexity of authorization procedures, too strict regulations, difficult marketing for newcomers, struggling price competitiveness with imports, lag in modernization, contradictions between consumers‘ expectations towards the sustainability of aquaculture products and consumers‘ pay behavior, disunity between the federal states and the national state as well as in-between the federal states are only some topics perceived by the stakeholders as main challenges for German aquaculture.
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