Finfish Aquaculture: Industrialisation and Sustainability
In the last five decades, world fish food supply has outpaced global population growth and demand for fish products is expected to rise in the coming decades. Future fish food production is forecast to come from aquaculture, specifically from Asia which continues to increase production at 5% per annum. Asian aquaculture is dominated by finfish production at 64% of total production. Asia Pacific leads in the supply to global markets, contributing 89 percent by volume in 2010 with a production of 33.42 million tonnes, valued at USD53 billion.
While production styles and volumes may vary geographically as well as the focus of production, be it for the high value niche market or as a commodity, the potential is disadvantaged by the malaise in production from backyard operations, multispecies, lack of controlled systems, poor marketing, and the negative image of Asian finfish. Production has become more of an art than science.
TARS 2013: Focus
As Asian producers grapple with increasing costs of finfish production whilst facing cyclic demands, industrialisation and integrating production (from breeding to farming to market distribution) may be the way to the future. The global nature of the white fish trade also requires that the complex intersection of changing market conditions with production methods address issues such as food safety, quality standards and the environment.
This is the focus of the third Aquaculture Roundtable Series (TARS 2013). To be held in Singapore from August 21-22, 2013, the theme for TARS 2013 is Finfish Aquaculture: Industrialisation and Sustainability with specific emphasis on controlled production and science, rather than empirical production methods. Key topics will address monoculture, integration, standardisation of production methodologies, economies of scale and year round production of this aquaculture sector.
As with the last two successful roundtable series, TARS has become one of the industry's foremost opinion-leading aquaculture events in Asia. A host of international experts will facilitate the plenary and breakout sessions - which are hallmarks of this critical series. TARS 2013 will feature an invited poster session showcasing cutting-edge research and development pertaining to finfish aquaculture.
TARS 2013 brings together key stakeholders from the academia, policymakers, NGOs, integrators, investors, farmers and technical staff, feed suppliers, ingredient and equipment specialists. It provides a neutral platform for all participants to share an open dialogue on current and emerging challenges, share the latest scientific and technological and market developments, and collectively put forth a roadmap to ensure the sustainable farming and profitability of finfish aquaculture in Asia in the coming years.