Aquaculture Roundtable Series returns to Thailand

The Aquaculture Roundtable Series aims to bring industry stakeholders together to exchange knowledge and experiences, promoting collaboration to move the industry forward. The subject of the event rotates to cover the various sectors of the industry – aquafeeds, shrimp aquaculture and finfish aquaculture.

Organisers of The Aquaculture Roundtable Series have announced that the 13th edition of the event will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 14 August 2024, with the event focussing on Asian finfish aquaculture, and how the industry can be “steered into focus”.

Within Asia’s finfish aquaculture industry, whilst there are some large integrated operations which are making waves globally, most stakeholders are still seeking focus and directions for growth.

Production is still associated with lower value fish such as tilapia and pangasius, and there is little farming of significant marine species. The organisers of TARS 2024 believe that there are opportunities for producers in Asia to grow their presence in the global whitefish market, playing a larger role in food security, and so aim to open discussions around catalysts for investment, innovation strategies for growth at this year’s event.

“At TARS 2024, we will seek answers on what is holding back growth, despite opportunities. The pangasius faces a saturated market while the tilapia has moved into the commercial export segment but more needs to be done,” said Zuridah Merican, chairperson of TARS 2024, in a press release announcing the event.

“Marine fish [present] an opportunity to build a third leg for expansion into the whitefish market. At this TARS, we will take a deep dive, analyse the situation, and set the scene on where industry wants to be,” Merican added.

This year, the event organisers are trying to foster a more interactive experience for participants. Aside from industry and technical presentations, there will be an industry dialogue, “hard talk” with business leaders, and panel discussions with participation of producers, in addition to the interactive roundtable breakout session. The number of participants has been limited to 250 in order to facilitate greater engagement and networking opportunities.

“The last TARS was very successful with stakeholders in the shrimp Aquaculture industry to regenerate the sector. The new highly interactive format attracted more participation from the farming and hatchery segments,” concluded Merican.

Registration for TARS 2024 can be found here.

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