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Upcoming TARS event plans to jumpstart Asia’s stagnant shrimp sector

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The 12th edition of The Aquaculture Roundtable Series (TARS) will put regenerating Asia’s shrimp industry in the spotlight during its conference from 16 to 17 August 2023 in Bali, Indonesia.

Breakout session at the 2022 TARS Conference

TARS began in 2011 and is an inclusive, stakeholder-driven effort to facilitate information sharing and experiences for a common goal: to equip the aquaculture industry with the next phase of growth.

The Asian shrimp aquaculture industry is stagnating and going nowhere. While there is increasing supply in Latin America, demand from the global market faces headwinds from inflation and a looming recession. Production costs for Asian shrimp have risen tremendously and farmers must contend with high prices for feeds and energy inputs – erasing their margins and affecting all players along the supply chain.

“Part of the challenge is attributed to the lack of efficiency due to poor survival rates, however, there is a larger systemic risk,” says Zuridah Merican, PhD, editor of Aqua Culture Asia Pacific and chair of TARS 2023 in a news release. “We need to proactively improve the culture model, mitigate disease, match nutrition and genetics and place greater focus on sustainability. It is no longer acceptable for the industry to just keep evolving. We need to support the regeneration of Asia’s shrimp aquaculture – the responsibility falls on all stakeholders.”

TARS 2023 Shrimp Aquaculture: Regeneration will offer a way forward by looking at bottlenecks and challenges and recommend solutions for industry adoption. The 12th in the series, TARS 2023 will be held from 16 to 17 August 2023 in Bali, Indonesia. The two-day programme will reflect on current developments and technologies in shrimp farming; discuss business strategies to position stakeholders in the global shrimp landscape and futureproof the industry for the next generation.

Key topics include the state of the industry and challenges: Indonesia’s shrimp production and marketing strategies, precision shrimp nutrition and health interventions, new and emerging technologies in the market, branding and marketing, risk management and opportunities for investments in Asian shrimp farming.

As with the past 11 successful roundtable series, TARS has become the industry’s foremost opinion-leading aquaculture event in Asia. A host of international industry experts will facilitate the plenary and panel discussions, and interactive breakout roundtables that have become hallmarks of this critical series. This year, the industry dialogue will feature next-generation players, while the hard talk session with business leaders will share experiences on what it takes to produce sustainable shrimp.

“TARS is a stakeholder-driven effort, and our role is to facilitate knowledge and information sharing for a common goal, to ensure a sustainable aquaculture industry for the next generation,” Merican adds. “Last year, the TARS conference in Vietnam which focused on Aquafeeds – A New Equilibrium was a great success with more than 250 participants from 26 countries in attendance (photos enclosed).

TARS 2023 is the ideal platform for networking and dialogue among Asia’s key aquaculture players. It is open to CEOs, CTOs, geneticists, farm, hatchery managers and technicians, integrators, feed and feed additive producers, nutritionists, processors, technologists, suppliers, marketeers, startups, innovators, investors, researchers, governments, NGOs, academia and other stakeholders in the aquaculture supply chain.

Organised by Aqua Culture Asia Pacific and Corporate Media Services, TARS is supported by industry sponsors that include INVE Aquaculture, DSM, BASF and Adisseo to date.

Registration for TARS 2023 (Shrimp Aquaculture – Regeneration) opens on 15 March 2023. Click here to register and visit the TARS website to learn more about the conference.