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TARS 2021 will focus on shrimp markets, margins and productivity

The Aquaculture Roundtable Series 2021 will take place virtually from August 18-20, 2021 and will address key issues impacting Asia’s farmed shrimp industry and explore opportunities for the future. 

TARS 2021 will focus on shrimp markets, margins and productivity

July 13, 2021

This year, the Aquaculture Roundtable Series® (TARS) 2021 will take place from August 18-20, 2021. TARS 2021, the tenth edition in this series, will be held virtually, following last year's postponement due to the pandemic. The three-day meeting will address key issues impacting Asia’s farmed shrimp industry today and explore opportunities for the future. 

In 2020, COVID-19 brought new market challenges, namely a shift in demand, a shift in supply, disruptions along the supply chain, and changes in market preferences. Diseases continue to impact productivity. Decreasing survival rates lead to a higher cost of production and lower margins. A higher supply from Asia and Latin America has brought down prices and is squeezing margins. 

“During these challenging two years, we see how shrimp markets and consumer perceptions are influencing industry trends in Asia. While we seek ways to improve production efficiency, it is important to draw the industry’s attention to sustainability demands to build consumer confidence in Asian shrimp. At the same time, farmers must move to adopt innovations and big data analyses to build a predictable and consistent industry,” said Zuridah Merican, conference chair and editor of Aqua Culture Asia Pacific magazine.

TARS 2021 will bring industry stakeholders together to address these critical issues and seek solutions with market-led production while using innovative technologies to increase production efficiency. Discussions will focus on building consumer confidence in farmed shrimp from Asia and convince markets of its sustainability agenda. 

International experts from the industry and academia will share new knowledge, and exchange insights and experiences at the plenary and interactive breakout sessions that have become synonymous with this critical series. The TARS 2021 program includes seven plenary and Q&A sessions, with 45 speakers and panelists. The aim of the three interactive breakout sessions is on “Building alliances to improve the supply chain and traceability”. Not to be missed is the Hard Talk session with three business leaders in their respective fields (shrimp feed, farming and functional additive supplier) who will offer their perspectives on “Why is there a trust deficit among Asian farmers on functional feeds?” 

The virtual platform will feature live streaming of the full conference sessions, on-demand content, live Q&A sessions and chats, sponsors’ hall, and networking and matchmaking opportunities. 

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