TARS 2018 – Shrimp Aquaculture: Need For Change

Shrimp production in Asia has stagnated since 2013 keeping prices high but this has not benefitted the entire value chain as gross margins are thin due to low survival rates and disease outbreaks. The situation has actually regressed with decreased productivity and massive increases in production cost which is not tenable. While living with disease, inconsistent harvest volumes and crop losses are the new normal, what the industry needs is a revolutionary change to grow.

TARS 2018 will bring stakeholders from Asia’s shrimp aquaculture industry to the table, to assess the current state of industry; study approaches to improve shrimp production; and seek to transform the future of the industry. The two-day meeting will look at segments along the supply chain where the industry can effect change – from innovations and control in hatchery, nursery and farming phases to matching genetics and feeds to farm conditions and culture intensity.

TARS 2018 calls for the NEED FOR CHANGE, namely a much-needed shift to a higher level of control and consistency that results in cost efficiency.

A host of International experts representing key industry stakeholders and the academia will share new knowledge, and exchange insights and experiences at the plenary and interactive breakout sessions that have become hallmarks of this critical series.

FORMAT

Now in its eighth year, the agenda for TARS 2018 will feature:

  • 5 Plenary Sessions:
    • State of Industry & Challenges in Asia (including the evolving industry in Vietnam; limits to growth in India)
    • Managing the Supply Chain (including status on diseases and management; matching genetics and feed to farm conditions; controlled shrimp farming systems; learning from livestock production).
    • ‘Beefing up’ the shrimp (including current state of vannamei shrimp nutrition; approaches for better and stronger shrimp; innovation and big data analyses)
    • Return to Monodon Shrimp (including supply chain analysis for monodon shrimp; genetics for today and tomorrow)
    • Attracting Investment (including revisiting SPF/SPR and SPT; meeting investors’ needs and looking ahead at market prices).

  • Dialogue with Young Shrimp Farmers with hard-hitting questions on business and farming models, challenges, successes and opportunities.
  • 3 Breakout Roundtable Sessions aimed at problem solving, sharing of experiences, and identifying key deliverables.
  • Panel Discussions on output from the breakout roundtable sessions.