TARS 2024 will be held August 14-15, 2024 at the Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, Thailand.
07:30 – 08:30    Registration
08:30 – 08:40    Welcome Address, Bancha Sukkaew, Director-General, Department of Fisheries, Thailand
08:40 – 10:30
State of the Industry & Challenges (SOI)

The SOI will look at Asia’s fish farming through different vantage points. In the global white fish market, tilapia and pangasius are at the medium and lower end of the white fish ladder, respectively. We look at demand, supply, and competition, for Asian tilapia in the US market. Vietnam has built a successful pangasius business but it requires direction as it reaches saturation. In Thailand, it is expanding tilapia production, from genetics, hatchery and farming. Steering an industry into focus requires SWOT analyses of species and choice of marine fish species for the export mass market.

08:40 – 09:00 Tilapia Market in the US: History and Perspective
Francisco Murillo, CEO, Tropo Farms Ltd, West Africa
09:00 – 09:20 Marine Fish Culture in China: Real Direction and Managing Bottlenecks
Yufan Zhang, China Aqua BD Manager & SE Asia Technical Manager, Alltech, China
09:20 – 09:40 The Pangasius through a Macro Lens
Mai Chung, APAC Regional Manager for Aquaculture Feed Additives, ADM Animal Nutrition, Vietnam
09:40 – 10:00 Building a Tilapia Industry in Thailand
Amorn Luengnaruemitchai, Managing Director, Manit Genetics Co Ltd & Manit Intertrade Co Ltd, Thailand
10:00 – 10:30 Panel with Speakers and Industry Players
Moderator: Ronnie Tan, Aquaculture Consultant, U.S. Grains Council, Malaysia
10:30 – 11:00 Tea Break
11:00 – 12:10
A Good Start with Genetics, Hatchery and Nursery

It starts with developing the right genetics and production technology for larval and nursery rearing. High performance larval feeds, efficient  feed management and good hatchery practices are required to optimize growth and survival. Weaning remains a challenge for marine fish.

11:00 – 11:20 Unlocking the Genetic Potential of Asian Finfish through Applied Technology
Morten Rye, Director, External Services and International Strategies, Benchmark Genetics, Norway
11:20 – 11:40 Robust Juveniles: Integrating with Advanced Practices from the European Seabass-Broodstock to Weaning
Young Chul Kim
, R&D Trial Manager (MAC), INVE Aquaculture, Singapore
11:40 – 12:10 Panel with Speakers and Industry Players
Moderator: Krishna R. Salin, Aquaculture Program Chair, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
12:10 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:50
Precision Fish Nutrition, Health Interventions and Feed Efficiency 

Formulating for precision nutrition feeds needs information on standardized assessment processes. It is a focus on nutrients and assessing alternative ingredients, marine and plants meals for sustainable feeds. Reducing cost/kg fish produced requires nutritional modulation for better feed efficiency and for health intervention to increase survival rates. How can we develop species-specific feeds for improved efficiency and at all life cycle stages?

14:00 – 14:20 The Evolution of Ingredient Assessment: A Feed is Still Only as Good as its Ingredients…
Brett Glencross
, Technical Director, IFFO The Marine Ingredients Organisation, United Kingdom
14:20 – 14:40 Roles of Astaxanthin in Finfish Aquaculture from a Molecular Perspective
KP Chan, Regional Technical Team Lead for Vitamins & Carotenoids, BASF Animal Nutrition, Asia Pacific, Singapore
14:40 – 15:00 Taste Matters: From Science to Application
Sofia Morais, Innovation AQUA Team Leader, Lucta S.A., Spain
15:00 – 15:20 Tilapia Farming: From Exposed to Protected
Abung Simanjuntak, Technical Expert Manager – Aqua Region Greater APAC, dsm-firmenich, Indonesia 
15:20 – 15:50 Panel with Speakers and Industry Players
Moderator: Romi Novriadi, Lecturer, Jakarta Technical University of Fisheries, Indonesia
15:50 – 16:20 Tea Break
16:20 – 17:20
INDUSTRY DIALOGUE: Industry challenges = startup opportunities = venture capital investments

While there have been active investments in Europe and for salmon, Asia’s fish industry does not seem attractive for investments. Are we not telling our story? There is substantial funding for startups for alternative feed ingredients, AI and disease mitigation but no one focuses on core farming. Is this too risky, is the investment amount too high or not sexy enough? How do we package our industry for investment?

Jonathan Forrest Wilson, President, Alltech Asia-Pacific, China
Le Ngoc Tien
, Director, Vinh Technology, Singapore

Andreas von Scholten, Group Chief Commercial Officer, Grobest Group Holdings Limited, Hong Kong

Ronnie Tan
(moderator), Aquaculture Consultant, U.S. Grains Council, Malaysia          
17:20 – 18:30
Disease Mitigation: Management and Innovations

Industry’s growth and productivity are constantly constrained by current bacterial and viral diseases, as well as parasites. Additionally, we face emerging pathogens. How can we boost immunity and integrate proper mitigation and vaccination into the system? In marine fish farming, what R&D efforts are lacking in Asia compared to that in Europe? Moving forward, how can we predict trigger points and foster innovations in disease mitigation for industry adoption?

17:20 – 17:40 Diseases in Tropical Finfish Aquaculture: Busting Myths, Pushing Borders
Susan Gibson-Kueh, Associate Professor (Aquatic Animal Health), Tropical Futures Institute, James Cook University, Singapore
17:40 – 18:00 Tilapia Disease Pathogen Mapping: Challenges, Trigger Points and Possible Solutions
Roberto Cascione, Key Account Manager Asia & Middle East, Virbac Asia Pacific, Thailand
18:00 – 18:10 Next Generation Biotech Solutions for Disease Management and Enhanced Growth for Aquaculture
Rishita Changede, CEO, TeOra Pte Ltd, Singapore
18:10 – 18:30 Panel with Speakers and Industry Players
Moderator: Jarin Sawanboonchun, Aquaculture Nutrition and Feed Specialist, Thailand
Panelist: Jessica Kaye Turner, Assistant Managing Director, Nam Sai Farms Co Ltd, Thailand
18:45 – 20:45 Networking Session & Cocktail Reception

08:30 – 10:20
Future Proofing Asia’s Finfish Aquaculture

Markets demand sustainable production models with scalable and cost-efficient production of premium quality fish. The future lies in controlled production with automation and building up support industries for the long-term sustainability of the entire industry. Expansion into markets requires certification, traceability and a sustainable story.

08:30 – 08:50 Future Feed Efficiency, Environmental and Certification
Hervé Lucien-Brun, Aquaculture Consultant, Jefo Nutrition, Inc., Canada
08:50 – 09:10 Emerging Protein-rich Ingredients for Aquaculture – The Search for Protein-rich Alternatives to Expand the Aquafeed Ingredient Basket
Linda Chen, Associate, Hatch Blue, Germany
09:10 – 09:30 Sustainable Aquaculture Production in Singapore: A Vision towards Food Security
Rui Alexandre Gonçalves, Deputy Director, Aquaculture Department, MAC, Singapore Food Agency, Singapore
09:30 – 09:50 Empowering Indonesia’s Small Scale Tilapia Farmers with Market Access and Group Certification
Cameron Maclean, Vice President of Supply Chain, eFishery, Indonesia
09:50 – 10:20 Panel with Speakers and Industry Players
Moderator: Daranee Seguin, Consultant, Thailand
10:20 – 11:00 Tea Break
11:00 – 12:30
Interactive Roundtable Breakout Session – How to Build an Integrated Enterprise

For this session, participants are grouped 10 pax per roundtable (led by a Group Leader), based on their respective group selection – to exchange information, experiences, ideas, opinions and outlook to move the finfish aquaculture industry forward. Everyone has a voice!

Suggested points to guide discussions

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00
HARD TALK with Business Leaders: Marketing, Branding and Sustainability: A Global Exchange

With many thriving industrialized fish aquaculture enterprises around the world, we can learn from each other and from the various segments along the supply chain. In this session, international C-suite/leaders from the tilapia, pangasius, barramundi and other marine fish companies will share their opinions on branding, marketing, and sustainability.

Tam Nguyen, CEO, Vinh Hoan Corp, Vietnam
Josh N Goldman, Founder/CEO, Australis Aquaculture, USA
Lukas Manomaitis, Global Aquaculture Coordinator, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Singapore

Ronnie Tan (moderator), Aquaculture Consultant, U.S. Grains Council, Malaysia
15:00 – 16:00
Dialogue: Fish Farmers X Technology

Innovative farmers, developing technology for their farms will showcase their success and meet with young innovators to discuss challenges.

Presentation Title TBC
Alex Chin-Chiu Lin, Chief Scientist, Aquaculture Technologies Asia Ltd, Taiwan
Holistic Development of Indoor RAS Farming from Farmer to Farmer
Khoo Jia-Zin, Managing Director, Sepang Today Aquaculture Centre Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Panelists: Ariq M. Irsyad, Manager, 266 Hatchery, Indonesia; Jinnawat Mahalao, Vice President, BoonSawang Farm, Thailand;
Albert Lai, Vice President, Amazon International Co. Ltd, Thailand
Moderator: Zuridah Merican, Editor, Aqua Culture Asia Pacific, Singapore.
16:00 – 16:30 Tea Break
16:30 – 18:00
Panel Report Presentation and Discussion
  • Group 1: A Better Tilapia. Group leader: Krishna R Salin, Aquaculture Program Chair, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Group 2: Pangasius: Traceable & Sustainable. Group leader: Romi Novriadi, Lecturer, Jakarta Technical University of Fisheries, Indonesia
  • Group 3: Mass Market Marine Fish. Group leader: Denny Leonardo, CEO, Pandora Aquatech, Indonesia
18:00 Closing by Zuridah Merican, Editor Aqua Culture Asia Pacific & Chair TARS 2024