ShellfishConference 2022

The Shellfish Conferences Foundation is organizing the 7th edition on March 17 and 18, 2022 of the international shellfish conference, in the Delta Park Neeltje Jans, NL. The theme of the conference is “Shellfish, protein source of the future?”

Provided that the covid measures will be over, the conference offers plenty of opportunities to finally meet in person again. In addition to ample chances for informal contact, the program consists of lectures, discussions, poster presentations, pitches and a trade fair for companies and institutions. The “Sustainability award shellfish sector 2020/2021” will also be presented during the conference. The conference focuses on the shellfish sector at home and abroad. Participants are expected from the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark and Portugal. Translation English – Dutch vv will be provided.

We hope to welcome you,
Jaap Holstein, Jasper van Houcke and Aad Smaal
Shellfish Conferences Foundation


Ministerie van LNV en de RVO

Do you work in the aquaculture sector? Then you may be able to apply for a grant from the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). With the EMFAF, the Netherlands implements the European Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The fund runs from 2021 to 2027. RVO and LNV will be present at the fair on Thursday afternoon to provide you with more information about this fund.

Shellfishconference 2022

On Thursday 17 March, the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food, Mr Henk Staghouwer, will visit the shellfish conference. There he will receive the Blue Deal from the Shellfish Culture Task Force and will visit the fair. The Blue Deal is a declaration of intent for cooperation between the shellfish sector, government and nature and environmental organizations to expand the production of Dutch shellfish protein in the North Sea, in combination with biodiversity restoration and nature development. The collaboration is also aimed at increasing sustainable consumption of shellfish on the basis of targeted food policy, product and market development. The Blue Deal fits in seamlessly with the theme of the conference: shellfish, protein source of the future? How this can be achieved is discussed from various angles. dr. Felix Leinemann of DG Mare presents the developments in European policy. There is a pitch from Joeri de Leeuw of RVO about financing projects via the new European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund, and stand 20 (on Thursday) is staffed with employees from the RVO and LNV to answer questions about subsidy options. At the Creaghs Consultancy booth, information can be received through guidance on grant applications.

Damen Maaskant

The pressure to become more sustainable is increasing. In Natura 2000 areas in particular, stricter requirements will be imposed with regard to emissions. ,,Zero-impact; This means that we want to supplement our current portfolio with ships that are even less harmful to the environment and that will be equipped with the latest standards for comfort and working conditions," said commercial manager Jeroen van den Berg of Damen Maaskant, who will also be present at this edition. the exhibition floor of the Shellfish Conference 2022, on March 17 and 18 in the Delta Park Neeltje Jans.

OOS International Group

Due to changes in natural conditions and regulations, the volume with traditional production methods is decreasing and new possibilities have to be developed. The North Sea offers space and food sources for the cultivation of mussels on the high seas. With its knowledge and experience in the field of offshore technology, OOS SMF B.V., part of the OOS International Group, offers an innovative solution.

Theme and
daily schedule

Shellfish, protein source of the future?

Shellfish are a source of healthy food, and they are produced in a sustainable way. They are healthy because of their nutritional value: rich in proteins and minerals, low fat but important fatty acids. Shellfish are farmed in the natural environment. They consume what nature has to offer and have an extremely low ecological footprint compared to other types of food. They ensure the recycling of nutrients, which promotes the growth of their own food – the algae. Yet consumer interest is limited to a group of true enthusiasts. There is appreciation in a wider circle, but knowledge of the characteristics and experience with applications is lacking. In fact, the consumption of shellfish in Europe has been declining for years, partly because suitable locations for farming are declining. This is in contrast to the 8% annual growth in production elsewhere in the world: see the figure below based on FAO data.
In the traditional European farming areas there are limitations due to, among others, coastal management, recreation, nature conservation, and new areas are not readily available. In the meantime, there is a need for sustainable production of healthy food, not only in Europe but worldwide, especially in view of the expected increase in the world population and the higher demands for good quality food. In this context, various themes will be further explored at the conference, based on analyses, and focused on solutions. What are the questions, what are the possibilities, and what can we learn from others?

Thursday 17 March: Shellfish a healthy and sustainable resource

On the first day, the significance of shellfish as a protein and fatty acid source of the future will be discussed, partly in comparison with traditional sources from livestock farming. What is needed to promote the idea to (young) consumers, what is already being done and how is this being tackled elsewhere. This does not only concern the significance as a healthy food source, but also the sustainability aspect. What about the footprint in terms of carbon, nitrogen, phosphate and freshwater use, and how does this relate to both meat and vegetarian food? And how circular is shellfish production, what is the current situation and what is the role for further development? How to communicate this with the consumer and how to respond to the wishes of current and future consumers.

Presentation of sustainability award 2020/2021

Also this year, shellfish growers, traders and suppliers can compete for the prize for the most sustainably operating or most innovative grower / trader / supplier 2021/22. (see also
under price for innovation and sustainability).
Based on the entries, the jury will make a selection of the most sustainable/innovative initiatives of recent years. The awards will be presented after the afternoon session on 20 January 20.

Dinner with pitches Thursday March 17th

During the dinner with speakers, exhibitors and sponsors, for which visitors can register, pitches will be presented by young professionals in the food and shellfish sectors.

Friday 18 March: New future, new approach

On the second day, the conference focuses on conditions for expanding shellfish farming. How do we respond to the needs of the (future) consumer and the declining production in
the Netherlands and beyond. Opportunities for offshore cultivation are being explored in more and more locations abroad, and pilots are also in preparation in the Netherlands. It
requires an entirely new approach. New techniques are needed to work under offshore conditions, high demands are made on logistics, and there is still a lot to pioneer in terms of
cultivation techniques. This will be addressed in the morning session. Questions about management, licensing and the required support will be discussed in the afternoon, with the
basic question of what vision can be used to develop the new way of shellfish culture in new areas. This relates, among other things, to the shared use of wind farms, the combination
with seaweed cultivation, nature development and the management vision regarding the issue of ‘protein’ lots.


Thursday - Friday
March 17 - 18, 2022


Faelweg 5
4354 RB Vrouwenpolder

For whom

The Shellfish sector
at home and abroad



Lectures, Discussions & Fair

The conference will consist of lectures, discussions and a trade fair for companies and institutions.


The conference is focused on the shellfish industry in the Netherlands and abroad. In previous conferences there was participation from all major shellfish producing countries along the Atlantic coast. Interpreters are available for Dutch – English translations vv.


The initiators are board members of the Shellfish conference foundation Mr Ir Jaap Holstein, Dr Jasper van Houcke en Prof dr Aad Smaal.


More than 20 companies will present themselves at the exhibition both days. Access to the scholarship only is free. You must register to attend the presentations.

Curious which companies are on the exhibition? Click on the button below and they will introduce themselves to you!



Day 1 – Shellfish, healthy and sustainable
17 March 2022
08:30 - 09:30
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Registration, coffee, trade show open

09:30 - 09:35
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Welcome by the organizers

09:35 - 09:40
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Introduction by chair of session I sustainable and healthy production

Paula Schot
Wethouder Gemeente Schouwen Duiveland
09:40 - 10:10
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Keynote 1: The environmental footprint of farmed shellfish

Prof dr Ray Hilborn
Univ Washington, Seattle
10:10 - 11:00
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Trade show, coffee/tea, posters

11:00 - 11:20
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Declining trends in mussel production in Europa: causes and opportunities

Dr Ir Hans van Oostenbrugge
Dr Ir Jacob Capelle
11:20 - 11:40
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

How healthy are shellfish?

Dr. Jasper van Houcke
HZ University of Applied Sciences
11:40 - 12:00
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

The EU’s new approach for a sustainable blue economy

Dr Felix Leinemann
EU DG Mare
12:00 - 12:10
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Discussion and conclusions led by session chairman

12:10 - 12:15
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Pitch - Digitalization trends in fisheries

Juliën Hanssens
Digital Architect - Securancy Intelligence
12:15 - 12:20
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Pitch - Insurance in aquaculture

Rui Ferreira
Longlines Ltd UK
12:20 - 13:40
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Trade show, lunch, posters

13:40 - 13:45
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Introduction by chair of session II on sustainable culture and supply

Ing. Edie Engels
Voorzitter PO Mosselcultuur
13:45 - 14:15
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Keynote 2: Chances for the consumers

Margreet van Vilsteren
Directeur Good Fish Foundation
14:15 - 14:35
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Life cycle analysis and true pricing of Dutch mussel production

Marnix Poelman
Geert Hoekstra
14:35 - 15:00
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Undersigning of the Blue Deal

Henk Staghouwer
Minister van LNV
15:00 - 15:40
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Trade show, coffee/tea

15:40 - 15:50
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

What can European shellfish farmers do to turn the tide?

ir Addy Risseeuw
Secretaris PO Mosselcultuur
15:50 - 16:10
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Innovations in the oyster culture

Eva Hartog
HZ/University of Applied Sciences Vlissingen/Middelburg
16:10 - 16:30
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Novel shellfish policy in The Netherlands

Drs. Nanou Beekman
Ministerie van LNV
16:30 - 16:35
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Discussion and conclusions

Jo-Annes de Bat
GS Zeeland
16:35 - 16:40
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Pitch - The new European Maritime, Fishery and Aquaculture Fund

Joeri de Leeuw
16:40 - 16:45
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Pitch - Marine Stewardship Council

Jan van Keulen
Marine Stewardship Council
16:45 - 18:30
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Trade show, posters, drinks and at 17.15 the presentation of the sustainable innovation award 2020/2021

Jo-Annes de Bat
GS Zeeland
18:30 - 20:30
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Dinner on subscription with pitches from: young seafood leaders Eva Verwijs, Krijn Verwijs Yerseke BV & Mike Turenhout, fish federation Musselnetwork of Slow Food Youth Network Lisa Koopman, Juul van Laar, Steven van Elswijk & Sam Zoet

Day 2 – New future, new approach
18 March 2022
08:30 - 09:00
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Registration, coffee, trade show open

09:00 - 09:05
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Welcome second day

09:05 - 09:10
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Introduction by chair of session III nitrogen emissions

Wouter van Zandbrink
Voorzitter vereniging Schelpdierhandel
09:10 - 09:30
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Where does the nitrogen issue come from, and what to do?

mr. Werner Lindhout
LGL Legal
mr. Megan Claessen
LGL Legal
drs Cora Seip
PO Mosselcultuur
09:30 - 09:50
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

The road to zero emission

ir Andre de Bie
Program Manager Sustainable Propulsion - Maaskant / Damen Shipyards
09:50 - 10:00
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Discussion led by session chairperson

10:00 - 10:45
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Trade show, coffee/tea

10:45 - 10:50
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Introduction by session chairman IV on shellfish culture developments Europe

Wouter van Zandbrink
Voorzitter vereniging Schelpdierhandel
10:50 - 11:10
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Fish farming development in Norway and the link with seaweed and mussels

Harald Sveier
Leroy Seafood Group, Noorwegen
11:10 - 11:30
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

The effects of offshore mussel farming on biodiversity

Emma V. Sheehan
Plymouth University
11:30 - 11:50
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Shellfish culture and restoration experiences along the Belgian coast

Dr. ir. Nancy Nevejan
Universiteit Gent
11:50 - 11:55
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Pitch - Mussel culture along the Belgian coast

Laurens Goossens
Colruyt group
11:55 - 12:05
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Pitch - Offshore shellfish culture installations

Erik Wakkee
12:05 - 12:10
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Pitch - Business succession

Sander van Gelderen
Partner Tax Advisory, Baker Tilly
12:10 - 12:20
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Discussion led by session chairman

12:20 - 13:40
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Trade show, lunch

13:40 - 13:45
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Introduction of session IV on innovation and management

Dr. Ir. Nathalie Steins
Wageningen Marine Research
13:45 - 14:05
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

The future’s green and blue: shellfish, digital technologies, and precision aquaculture

Joao Ferreira
Univ Lissabon & Longline Environment Ltd, Portugal/UK
14:05 - 14:25
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

How to combine shellfish restoration with aquaculture?

Karel van den Wijngaard
14:25 - 14:45
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Blue deal: program and realization

Wouter van Zandbrink
Voorzitter vereniging Schelpdierhandel
14:45 - 15:15
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Keynote 3: Ecological boundary conditions for offshore shellfish culture

Prof Dr Jaap van der Meer
15:15 - 15:25
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Discussion led by session chairman

15:25 - 15:30
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Closing session by organization

15:30 - 17:00
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Trades show, posters, farewell drinks

Speakers of the 2022 edition

The shellfish conference offers many opportunities to get to know the speakers better and to exchange ideas with them


Access 1 day

/excl. VAT
  • Entrance on 1 day of the conference
  • Free Lunch & Snacks
  • Access to all lectures

Access 2 days

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  • Entrance on both days
  • Free Lunch & Snacks
  • Access to all lectures

HZ Student - Special Rate

  • Students can register for the conference at Jasper van Houcke ( stating their student card number. The rate for students is €35 for one day and €60 for both days.


Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Faelweg 5
4354 RB Vrouwenpolder

Deltapark Neeltje Jans is located in the heart of the Oosterscheldekering and is accessible via the N57, both from the direction of Middelburg as well as Rotterdam.

By car

From the Randstad, you will drive through the Rotterdam-Benelux tunnel or Brienenoordbrug.
Then, you follow the direction of Zierikzee (A15-A29-N59), after Zierikzee you follow the direction of Burgh-Haamstede.
Before Burgh-Haamstede you take the Westschouwen/Middelburg exit (N57). From here, you can follow the signs for Neeltje Jans and then the signs for Deltapark.

From Brabant and Antwerp area, you drive towards Bergen-op-Zoom. On the A58,
you follow the direction Middelburg/Vlissingen. At Goes, you can already see the signs for Neeltje Jans.
On Neeltje Jans, you follow the signs for Deltapark.

Public transport

Are you planning on getting to Deltapark Neeltje Jans with public transport? No problem! There is a bus stop within 5 minutes walking distance. If you are less mobile, please take note that the path towards the park is unpaved and difficult to traverse by wheelchair.

Hotel suggestions

Hotel Terminus

With a central location in Goes, close to public transport and a 3-minute walk from the pleasant historic center of Goes.