While modern aquaculture has been around for almost half a century, it has not developed at the speed expected of an industry responsible for supplying fish protein to a rising global population. Among the major contributing factors are the lack of direction, coordination and technology development to propel the industry into the next century.
In 2011, The Aquaculture Roundtable Series (TARS) was developed to address these challenges by providing a platform for all stakeholders – public, private sector, academia, government and non-government organizations to share new knowledge, deliberate on critical issues, and identify a clear strategy to ensure a sustainable industry for the next generation. TARS is a stakeholder-driven effort to facilitate the sharing and exchange of information and experiences for a common objective, to equip the industry for its next phase of growth. It is designed as a series of roundtable sessions to focus on specific sectors of the industry.
The vision of TARS is to build Asia’s aquaculture into a responsible and sustainable industry, with participation from all stakeholders to achieve a common goal towards this endeavour.
Since 2011, the Aquaculture Roundtable Series (TARS) has continuously served as an effective communication channel for knowledge transfer at the plenary sessions. The breakout group sessions facilitate interactive information exchanges aimed at addressing current issues and problems.
In the last six years, TARS has covered the following sectors: Aqua Feed in 2011 & 2015, Shrimp Aquaculture in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and Finfish Aquaculture in 2013.
The theme for TARS 2017 is Finfish Aquaculture: Strategies for Growth.