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Shrimp: Markets • Margins • Productivity

After 10 years of the debilitating EMS/AHPND, the shrimp aquaculture industry has yet to find a credible solution but it has learnt to live with this and others, from WSSV to EHP and emerging pathogens. Survival rates have dropped from over 80% to a current average of 55%, increasing the cost of production to as high as USD 4/kg.

Conversely, market prices have declined over the past 18 months due to higher supply from new production areas in Asia and from Latin America. This has placed a huge pressure on margins such that farmers are opting to leave ponds fallow during certain cycles to avoid losses.

TARS 2021 will look at how the shrimp aquaculture in Asia is preparing for the future, and how it can navigate through this perfect storm with market-led production using innovative technologies to increase production efficiency.

2021 Program*

The tenth in the series, TARS 2021 will feature a vibrant program with presentations by international experts from the industry and academia in the plenary session. While demand and supply dictate prices and industry wants to optimise margins, we need to look at traditional and emerging markets and recognise seasonal supply and demand. Asia and Latin America pursue different models which determine productivity, carrying capacity and disease mitigation. Should we have different models for different sizes for margin optimisation? A review of genetics, functional feeds, nursery-raised juveniles and sustainability is necessary. In order to improve productivity, we need metrics like big data analyses and artificial intelligence (AI). This is where innovations and startups come in. Financing is still a bottleneck. How do we build confidence to attract investments and reduce risks for the financial industry?


The program for TARS 2021 features:

  • 5 Plenary Sessions
    • Session 1: Understanding markets
    • Session 2: Productivity and margin optimisation (Asian vs Latin American models)
    • Session 3: Where are the weak links?
    • Session 4: Data analyses, AI and innovations
    • Session 5: Investing for the future
  • Hard Talk
    Addressing the elephant in the room: why functional feeds are going nowhere
  • 3 Interactive Breakout Roundtable Sessions
    Building alliances to improve productivity:
    1. Feed Suppliers & Farms
    2. Hatchery, Genetics & Farms
    3. Markets, Processors & Farms

*Program subject to change.


International experts from the industry and academia will share new knowledge, and exchange insights and experiences at the plenary and interactive breakout sessions that have become synonymous with this critical series.

Who Should Attend

TARS 2021 is the ideal platform for networking and dialogue among Asia’s key players in the shrimp aquaculture sector including CEOs, feed producers, nutritionists, technologists, formulators, geneticists, farm and hatchery managers, integrators, investors, marketers, governments, NGOs and academia.


The organisers have secured special conference room rates at InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City which is also the conference venue. The rates are valid for reservations made during the period, 4 January to 18 July 2021. Reserve your room early to enjoy the special rate(s). Room availability is on a first come, first served basis.

    InterContinental Saigon
  • Corner Hai Ba Trung St. & Le Duan Blvd
    District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
  • Tel: +84 28 3520 9999
    Fax: +84 28 3520 9955