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Our program for TARS 2021 takes into consideration recent challenges and opportunities for future of farmed shrimp industry in Asia. The industry must convince markets of its sustainability agenda. The prerequisite to attracting financing and gaining confidence of investors is predictability in shrimp production. This can be done via real time monitoring and artificial intelligence to mitigate diseases and IoT integration.
2:00pm – 3:30pm | Session 1: State of the Industry – Understanding Markets and Consumers

With COVID-19, there was a demand shift, as well as a supply shift. Market preferences favoured frozen and value added products for retail and
e-commerce. Three presenters will look at the state of markets and the data behind the story in three regions: Europe, China and USA. What has changed in these markets? What is the effect of COVID-19 on consumer preferences, demand and supply from Asia, and what is the market outlook and trends in 2022? How can Asian producers better position products in these markets?
  • An EU Market Perspective of Asian Shrimp Production
    Willem van der Pijl, Shrimp Insights, The Netherlands
  • Some Perspectives on China’s Changing Shrimp Demand
    Lee Ho, Zhanjiang Gangyang Aquatic Co Ltd, PR China
Q&A with speakers and industry players (Lourdes Chingling Tanco; S Santhana Krishnan). Moderator: Ronnie Tan
3:30pm – 3:40pm | Intermission

3:40pm – 5:10pm | Session 2: Sustainability – Building Consumer Confidence

Consumers are demanding that producers work with sustainability in mind. The Seaspiracy ocumentary demonstrated the vulnerability of aquaculture in general. We need to build consumer confidence in Asian shrimp and develop more or alternate routes to markets. How can producers prepare for markets with sustainability on its agenda? How can all players create value along the supply chain?
  • Emerging Sustainability Themes in Aquaculture
    Marcela Salazar, Benchmark Genetics, Colombia
  • Marine Microalgae Omega-3s Enable Sustainable Growth of the Shrimp Industry
    Fuci Guo, Corbion Algae Ingredients, Malaysia
  • Adding Value to Side-Stream Products: A Concrete Case for Sustainable Shrimp
    Vincent Fournier, Diana-Aqua, France
Q&A with speakers and industry players (Han Han; Haris Muhtadi). Moderator: TBC
5:10pm – 5:20pm | Intermission

5:20pm – 6:30pm | Session 3: SWOT Analysis on the Asian Model

We contrast the culture system with higher stocking densities in smaller more controlled ponds in Asia with the lower density strategies of the Americas using large ponds and non-SPF shrimp stocks. How sustainable is the Asian intensive model compared to LATAM’s extensive model? How can Asia augment its weaknesses and build on its strengths to meet market demand? Bringing back the black tiger shrimp requires a closer look at the current market space where vannamei shrimp completely occupies all sizes.
  • Cultured Shrimp in 2030: Low Density Models of the Americas or the More Intensive Models of Asia
    Robins McIntosh, Charoen Pokphand Foods, Thailand
  • Bringing Back Black Tiger – Better or Blunder
    Manoj M Sharma, Mayank Aquaculture, India
Q&A with speakers and industry players (Tung Hoang). Moderator: Patrick Sorgeloos
2:00pm – 3:30pm | Session 4: Margin Optimisation

Safeguarding margins and costs of production is a perpetual challenge, more so with lower offer prices in recent years. Microbial management throughout the culture cycle at hatchery and ponds is a key driver for optimal production and is a large contributor of profitability. With increasing ingredient prices, making the most of feed proteins can make a difference, from an ecological point of view and for the sake of image and sustainability of shrimp farming. How can the application of tools like big data analyses, AI and innovations improve productivity?
  • Getting It Right: Microbial Management in Shrimp Hatchery and Ponds
    Benedict Standen, Biomin GmbH, Austria
  • Optimisation of Feed Margins: Extracting Value out of Feed Proteins
    Hervé Lucien-Brun, Jefo Nutrition, Inc., Canada
  • The Potential for Technology, Modelling, Data Analyses and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Productivity and Sustainability of Aquaculture in Asia
    Dominique P Bureau, University of Guelph, Canada
Q&A with speakers and industry players (Soraphat Panakorn; Sreeram Raavi). Moderator: Romi Novriadi
3:30pm – 3:40pm | Intermission

3:40pm – 5:10pm | Session 5: Managing Productivity – Survival Rates and Disease Control

Early mortality syndrome/acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (EMS/AHPND), white faeces disease (WFD), Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) and muscle necrosis are among the most important emerging diseases. Lower survival rates have increased costs of production. Shrimp has a primitive immune system, hence nutritional interventions such as functional additives can be used as disease management tools. There are also newer possibilities with digitalising and real-time monitoring to learn to manage disease trigger points.
  • Science in Shrimp Farming and Recent Innovations in Production in Vietnam
    Loc Huu Tran, ShrimpVet Lab, Minh Phu AquaMekong, Vietnam
  • Precision Nutrition and Health Solutions for Higher Productivity
    Daranee Seguin, DSM Nutritional Products, Thailand
  • Opportunities in Real-Time Monitoring and Digital Farming Tools – What are the Key Elements in Health Management for Farmers and the Industry?
    Ralf Onken, Fai Farms, Norway
Q&A with speakers and industry players (Ravikumar Bangarusamy; Kallaya Sritunyalucksana-Dangtip). Moderator: Olivier Decamp
5:10pm – 5:20pm | Intermission

5:20pm – 6:50pm | Session 6: Weak Links in the Supply Chain

In this multidisciplinary shrimp farming industry, how can industry augment the weak links to achieve margin optimisation and higher productivity? In the hatchery segment, the question posed is which genetics and which management to use for best crop yields. In disease management, preventive strategies with functional feeds require a change in mindset and decisions based on USD/kg shrimp produced. Can reducing the carbon footprint improve the sustainability and credibility image of shrimp aquaculture in Asia?
  • Bridging the Gap: Genetic and Hatchery Considerations for a Maturing Shrimp Industry
    Steve M Arce, Hendrix Genetics/Kona Bay,USA
  • Functional Feed Additives in Shrimp Farming to Reduce the Impact from Diseases: Are They Really Worth it?
    Martin Guerin, ADISSEO Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Indonesia's Shrimp Aquaculture
    Ilman Muhammad, Yayasan Konsrvasi Alam Nusantara, Indonesia
Q&A with speakers and industry players (Dylan Howell). Moderator: Ravi Kumar Yellanki
2:00pm – 3:30pm | Session 7: Future Growth Needs Investments and Big Data

Financing is still a bottleneck. How can the industry attract investments and reduce risks? Investors look for credibility, predictability and risk mitigation. Integrating big data along the supply chain is a foundation for predictability. How can real time monitoring, automation and industrial revolution 4.0 improve shrimp aquaculture?
  • Unlocking Investment: Consistency, Record Keeping, and Risk Mitigation
    Alexander Farthing, Alune Aquaculture, Singapore
  • Production Predictability with AI and Big Data in Asia’s Shrimp Farms
    Chelsea Andrews, XpertSea, Canada
  • How can real time monitoring, automation and industrial revolution 4.0 improve shrimp aquaculture?
    Aryo Wiryawan, JALA Tech, Indonesia
Q&A with speakers and industry players (TBC). Moderator: Anton Immink
3:40pm – 4:40pm | HARD TALK
  • Hard-hitting questions on “Why is there a trust deficit among Asian farmers on functional feeds?” with three business leaders in their respective fields, i.e. shrimp feed, farming and functional additive supplier.
Moderator: Ronnie Tan


Building Alliances to Improve the Supply Chain and Traceability
In this year’s Breakout Sessions, we ask stakeholders what they want from each other to build alliances, collaborate and integrate. Groups of participants will be assigned to breakout rooms of their choice:
    • Group 1 - Feedmillers and Farmers
    • Group 2 - Genetics, Hatchery & Farmers
    • Group 3 - Processing, Marketing & Farmers
Moderators: Ronnie Tan & Zuridah Merican

*Preliminary Program, subject to change.