The first ever Pembrokeshire Aquaculture Conference held last month, brought together experts, established entrepreneurs and next generation entrants.

The sold-out event was held at the Bridge Innovation Centre, Pembroke Dock on February 28, and attracted expert speakers from a wide range of organisations to discuss all aspects of the industry and consider opportunities for Pembrokeshire and Wales.

Professionals, experts, and new entrants took part in presentations and panel discussions on various topics, from marine farming and conservation to seaweed packaging and consumer perception.

Talks were held throughout the day as the conference provided a vital platform to discuss innovations and explore the latest trends in sustainable aquaculture practices.

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Donna Page, Aquaculture Officer at Pembrokeshire County Council is pictured with Jon Parker, Development Lead for Aquaculture Industry Wales. (Pic supplied)

The event, supported by Shared Prosperity Funding via UK Government’s Levelling Up programme, was praised as ‘excellent’ by attendees.

Inspirational individuals shared their personal experiences of working within the sector.

Event organiser Donna Page, Aquaculture Officer at Pembrokeshire County Council, said: “The conference was really well attended and offered the delegates a great opportunity to share their knowledge and hear about the challenges and successes of this important industry, not just here in Wales but in the UK and Ireland.

“Aquaculture is a growth industry, and its potential for Pembrokeshire is huge.”