OMC Asia: A highly successful event
The Offshore Mariculture Conference brought together attendees from a host of countries and aquaculture fields, and the conference made it clear that the future of aquaculture lies offshore.
This event's programme was wide-ranging in that it covered all key areas of setting up an offshore project, from the hatchery and breeding stage to technology, investments, zoning, security and increasing efficiency through feed. The Q&A sessions, and time for coffee and networking were excellent opportunities for the audience to go over particular areas of the presentations and talk more with the speakers.
"Thanks to Mercator Media for believing in the idea of coming to SE Asia. It was their first time in Asia, they were unsure, but they made that leap of faith. Many gave a lot of money to come here, which shows how serious they are about offshore aquaculture and I look forward to working with them in the coming years," said Lukas Manomaitis, Conference Chairman and USSEC Aquaculture Program Technical Contractor/Southeast Asian Technical Director, US Soybean Export Council.
"Thank you for joining us, and believing in the conference like we do. Offshore Mariculture is definitely my favourite. There seems to be a community, a spirit, a passion to make this happen so we want to continue and come back here,’ said Mercator Media Events Director Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling as the conference came to a close.
The conference made it clear that the future lies offshore. Despite certain challenges, this type of aquaculture is going to play an increasingly important role in meeting seafood demand as the world population continues to grow. To that end, it will be important for offshore farming to be environmentally friendly, with the right systems and technology in place for a sustainable and efficient industry.
"It's been really informative. It's been especially great sitting at tables with operators who were giving their perspective on what they were hearing from everybody else. The marketing panel, to me, is always really helpful, especially when you have people from different markets because it's so confusing in the sense that our markets are so different. To get the first hand perspective from people working in these markets in one place was great," said Amy Novogratz of Aqua-spark
"I made good friends, learned new things, and this is a very good conference because a lot of the needs were met. I think, moving forward, we would like to expand. This is what needs to happen, and to be able to push the development of specialist countries like the Philippines. I was very interested in the technical presentations of the ability of technology to be able to get into mariculture. That was an eye opener for me," commented Joseph Martin H. Borromeo of the Philippine Association of Fish Producers, Inc.
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