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The experimental Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) was ceremonially inaugurated, 20 May 2015, Szarvas

On the 20 May 2015 the experimental Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) was ceremonially inaugurated in the frame of the 39th Scientific Conference on Fisheries & Aquaculture.

At the ceremonial event Mihály Babák, Mayor of Szarvas city, Márton Örs Bitay, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Barnabás Jenes, Director General of the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre congratulated the leaders of the Research Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (HAKI) for this significant achievement and they highlighted the future potentials of the upgraded infrastructure. Dénes Gál, Director of HAKI, in his speech expressed his appreciation for the AQUAREDPOT EU FP7 project which provided financial support for the upgrading of the RAS. He also stressed that by this achievement one of the main objectives of HAKI’s project activities has been realized, which will enable the institute to study and demonstrate intensive fish farming technologies at international level in the future. 

In the plenary session of the conference Dénes Gál also highlighted that the dissemination of technology-intensive methods is the breaking point in the growth of national aquaculture. The key to this development is the integration of research & innovation and of consultancy activities. Sándor Diviki, expert of the AQUAREDPOT project and leader of the experimental infrastructure systems of HAKI, gave a presentation about the technical set-up of the system. The RAS was introduced later on to interested conference participants via an organized field trip. 

On the second the day of the conference the scientists who were recruited and employed in the scope of the AQUAREDPOT project introduced their research results at the AQUAREDPOT workshop. Gergő Gyalog, Coordinator of the AQUAREDPOT project chaired the workshop and in his introductory presentation gave an overview of the project’s main activities and pillars. 

More than 130 researchers, experts, business partners participated at the 39th Scientific Conference on Fisheries & Aquaculture in Szarvas on 20-21 May 2015. This conference is an annually organized scientific event where the main national research results related to fisheries and aquaculture are introduced not only to a scientific audience but also to fish farmers and relevant business partners. The event provides an excellent platform for the interested stakeholders to share their experience and research results which can be further utilized in the frame of development processes.

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