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JAPAN - Sushi, sashimi and high value aquaculture

High Quality Fin Fish Aquaculture Symposium is the theme of the World Aquaculture Societies’ (WAS) first Symposium in Japan. This is being organised in strong collaboration with Faculty of Fisheries at Kagoshima University, National Sushi Association and Japanese Aquaculture Society in Kagoshima between October 15-18, 2013

September 17, 2013


“High Quality Fin Fish Aquaculture Symposium\" is the theme of the World Aquaculture Societies’ (WAS) first Symposium in Japan.  This is being organised in strong collaboration with Faculty of Fisheries at Kagoshima University, National Sushi Association and Japanese Aquaculture Society in Kagoshima between October 15-18, 2013.

WAS through its Asian Pacific Chapter (APC) has been the catalyst for this symposium, which will address the present and future status of modern technology on high value cultured fish and connect the research and technology to the end users. Marketing, regulation and business based issues are also on the agenda.

The International Sushi Festival will be held concurrently at the Kagoshima Arena with over 1000 Sushi chefs being engaged. This provides the opportunity of connecting to the end users in Japan through a day where both groups will network and interchange ideas. Chefs will be brought up to date with aquaculture issues and they can communicate the main attributes of product they are seeking. It is difficult to penetrate the Japanese market to this level so with both groups meeting on the middle day and sharing information is a rather unique situation.

Sushi is the world’s fastest growing fast food and aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing primary industry so there is much to be gained from the partnership.

Professor Shunsuke Koshio, who has been chairing the program and the facilitator for the event in Kagoshima said “We are looking forward to a very productive meeting here in Kagoshima. Japan and other developed countries have a keen interest in developing high valued finfish specifically for the top end of the market and the line-up of speakers organised indicate this will be an excellent event. ”

“WAS-APC see this as a great lead up event for our major Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ‘Positioning for Profit’ 10-13 December and the World Aquaculture Adelaide event 7-11 June 2014.  This unique Kagoshima symposium attendance is limited to 250 participants so booking promptly is advised,” said Events Manager, Roy Palmer.

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