Aquaculture roundtable held in Indonesia

Indonesia delegation at TARS 2019 Indonesia delegation at TARS 2019

The ninth Aquaculture Roundtable Series (TARS 2019) has hosted 247 delegates from the Asia Pacific region, UK, USA, Canada and Latin America in Bali, Indonesia.

The conference, held at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua on 14 and 15 August, saw delegates come from 26 countries, with the largest participation from Thailand (22%), Indonesia (21%), Vietnam (11%) and India (8%).

This year’s focus on ‘Aquafeeds: Fit for Future’ is the third time the series has addressed Asia’s aquafeed sector. “With the aquafeed segment as the main focus at this TARS meeting, the issues and challenges covered demonstrated the tasks ahead for aquafeed producers, that is, the progress towards increasing aquaculture production sustainably requires pull and push factors.

“Clearly, feed production must match the needs of end users and future consumer demands for seafood,” said Zuridah Merican, chair of TARS 2019 and editor of Aqua Culture Asia Pacific magazine.

Featuring 16 presentations under five sessions, TARS 2019 topics such as aquaculture nutrition for shrimp, freshwater fish and marine fish to nutritional requirements, functional feeds, precision feed management practices, as well as growing the aquafeed business in Asia.

During the state-of-industry session, Haris Muhtadi (Indonesia), Ravikumar Bangarusamy (India), Jarin Sawanboonchun (Thailand), and Marc Campet (Vietnam) reported on the challenges in their respective countries. The shared concerns across these countries were culture-specific feed needs, over-capacity, raw materials alternatives to replace fish meal and fish oil, new formulations to overcome disease challenges, and lower feed prices.

Organised by Aqua Culture Asia Pacific and Corporate Media Services, TARS 2019 was supported by the Directorate General for Aquaculture, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia. Sponsors included Inve Aquaculture & Benchmark Holdings, DSM, Corbion, Biomin, BASF, Adisseo, BioMar, Calysta, Jefo Nutrition, Veramaris, Phibro Aqua and Skretting.

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