Asia has been a large producer of farmed shrimp with intensive farming systems but continued growth is difficult to achieve. Diseases such as the ever-present white spot syndrome virus-WSSV continue to plague shrimp farming in the region, while the infectious myonecrosis virus-IMNV persists in Indonesia. Since 2012, farmed shrimp production in the major production countries in Asia, namely China, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia began to show a steep decline as result of the early mortality syndrome or EMS.
On the other hand, countries and producers unaffected by the disease have mixed feelings. Despite enjoying high prices, they remain concerned about its future impact. While EMS has been shown to have a bacterial etiology, curative treatments are still far away and farmers continue to have doubts about the success of future stocking. Loss in production is not only the plight of shrimp farmers but it has a multiplier effect on all stakeholders in the supply chain, from broodstock to hatchery sectors to feed producers and processing plants. Feed ingredients and additives suppliers, pond equipment and health diagnostics are also affected, as are governments as they face up to the economic consequences of revenue generation and the social impact of job losses.
It is clear that shrimp aquaculture needs to improve and continue to develop into a sector that implements responsible and science-based farming practices.
Various groups and producers are working on disease and production problems but they lack synergy and collaboration. The industry, as a whole, needs to come together to find solutions and determine a suitable course of action to ensure the sustainable development of Asia’s shrimp aquaculture.
The Fourth Aquaculture Roundtable Series (TARS 2014) aims to address the current and impending challenges to the long-term sustainability of shrimp aquaculture in Asia. With the theme, Shrimp Aquaculture: Recovery • Revival • Renaissance, TARS 2014 aims to bring all stakeholders to the table to share updates and experiences, explore workable solutions, and develop a clear strategy to prevent and control future disease outbreaks, while addressing pertinent issues such as tight supply, poor management practices, rising cost of feeds and production, environmental concerns, and trade barriers to ensure the full recovery, sustainability and profitability of shrimp aquaculture in Asia.
As with the last three successful roundtable series, TARS has become 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 2014 brings together key stakeholders from the academia, policymakers, NGOs, integrators, investors, farmers and technical staff, feed suppliers, ingredient and equipment specialists, and marketers.