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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 this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a demand shift and supply shift in shrimp markets. We look at changing consumer preferences in Europe, China and US as retail markets overtake the food service segment leading to a higher demand for value-added shrimp. Two market analysts from Shrimp Insights and Urner Barry will be joined by Zhanjiang Gangyang Aquatic Co to review the state of markets and the data behind the story to present an outlook for 2022. We follow up with a 30-minute Q&A panel discussion with invited industry players to explore how Asian producers can better position their 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
  • U.S. Shrimp Market: Outlook and Trends
    Angel Rubio, Senior Analyst Urner Barry, New Jersey USA
Q&A Panel 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 documentary demonstrated the vulnerability of aquaculture. There is an urgent need to build consumer confidence in the Asian shrimp. We begin with an overview of how the supply chain can drive sustainability in shrimp farming and change its impact on the environment. Alternative ingredients in aquafeeds are algae oils and side stream products. Sustainability is the responsibility of all, and the moderator will ask producers how all players can contribute.
  • 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 Panel with speakers and industry players (Han Han; Haris Muhtadi). Moderator: Ronnie Tan
5:10pm – 5:20pm | Intermission

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

In his SWOT analysis, Robins McIntosh will take us from 2008 to the future in 2030, using Ecuador’s extensive model as the benchmark. He contrasts Asia’s culture models with high stocking density in smaller more controlled ponds with the lower density strategies in Ecuador using large ponds and non-SPF shrimp stocks. How sustainable is the Asian intensive model? How can Asia augment its weaknesses and build on its strengths to meet market demand? With his recent revert to farming black tiger shrimp, Manoj M Sharma will discuss this move and how it will compete with the vannamei shrimp which already occupies all sizes in the current market space.
  • 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 Panel with speakers and industry players (Darryl E. Jory; 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 is a key driver for optimal production. With increasing ingredient prices, an optimal use of feed proteins can make a difference, both from an ecological point of view as well as in the sustainability of shrimp farming. How can the application of tools like big data analyses, AI and innovations improve productivity? During the follow-up Q&A panel discussion, two invited industry players will share their experiences at the farm level.
  • 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 Panel 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

Disease reduces survival rates, with negative impact on productivity and an increase in production costs. This session will discuss the persistent result of early mortality syndrome/ acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (EMS/AHPND), white faeces disease (WFD), Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) and muscle necrosis. Shrimp has a primitive immune system, hence nutritional interventions for shrimp health can be effective in disease mitigation. A proactive proposition is using digitalisation and real-time monitoring to predict 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 Panel 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

The focus is on three weak links to achieve margin optimisation and higher productivity in this multi-faceted industry. Genetics is playing an important role in optimising the supply chain but more needs to be done in hatchery management, including maturation and feed inputs. In disease management, preventive strategies with functional feeds require a change of mindset and decisions based on USD/kg shrimp produced. Deforestation of mangroves for shrimp farming is an issue which the industry needs to address urgently. Can the industry improve the ecosystem as well as reduce GHG emissions while achieving shrimp production targets? Are these enough to improve the sustainability and credibility image of shrimp aquaculture?
  • 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 Konservasi Alam Nusantara, Indonesia
Q&A Panel with speakers and industry players (Christopher Co; Dylan Howell). Moderator: Ravi Kumar Yellanki
2:00pm – 3:30pm | Session 7: Future Growth Needs, Investments and Big Data

Financing remains a major bottleneck. Financiers and investors who look for credibility and predictability view the shrimp farming business as risky. Alune Aquaculture says that investors need to see that risk mitigation processes are in place by all in the supply chain. XpertSea will discuss how integrating big data along the supply chain is the foundation for predictability, while at JALA, using real-time monitoring and automation increases productivity. The panel will discuss how such predictive technology opens many possibilities for the future.
  • 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 Panel with speakers and industry players Jeremy Ong. Moderator: Anton Immink
3:30pm – 3:40pm | Intermission
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 (shrimp feed, farming and functional additives).
Moderator: Ronnie Tan


Building Alliances to improve the Supply Chain and Traceability and how to develop the Sustainable Asian Shrimp
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 & Farmers
    • Group 2 - Genetics, Hatchery & Farmers
    • Group 3 - Processing, Marketing & Farmers
Moderators: Ronnie Tan & Zuridah Merican

2:00 pm - 2:05 pm | Welcome & Introduction
2:05 pm - 2:35 pm | Panel Presentation & Discussion: Genetics, Hatchery and Farmers (GHF)
2:40 pm - 3:10 pm | Panel Presentation & Discussion: Processing, Marketing and Farmers (PMF)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm | Panel Presentation & Discussion: Feedmillers & Farmers (FMF) – PART 1
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm | Panel Presentation & Discussion: Feedmillers & Farmers (FMF) – PART 2
4:20 pm | End of Session