Representatives of companies from throughout Asia took part in the appreciation ceremony: From left to right: Dr. Zuridah Merican-Tan (Asia Pacific Aquaculture, Malaysia), Agnes Anggawati (Central Proteina Prima, Indonesia), Yeo Keng Joon (Bharat Luxindo Agrifeeds, India/ Global Aquaculture, Indonesia), Ms.Jareerat (Charoen Pokphand Foods, Thailand), Suzi Dominy (Aquafeed.com, Hawaii), YK Hung (Fwu Sow Foods, Taiwan), Dr. Warren Dominy (Aquafeed.com), Ronnie Tan (Asia Pacific Aquaculture, Malaysia), P.A.Hidayat (Suri Tani Pemuka, Indonesia), Ning, Meechai Yiamwanichan (Thai Union Feed, Thailand), Dr. Dean Akiyama, Lukas Manomatis (USSEC), Joe Kearns (Wenger Manufacturing). Awards were also presented by CJ Aquafeeds, Indonesia and Sinta Prima Aquafeeds, Indonesia.
At a surprise ceremony during Aquafeed Horizons Asia conference in Bangkok at the end of March, leaders from the aquafeed sector came together to recognize the contribution that Dr. Warren Dominy has made to the development of the industry throughout his more than 30-year career.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Dr. Dean Akiyama, aquafeed consultant, Indonesia, told delegates at the packed Aquafeed.com technical conference that they would not be doing what they do today were it not for Dr. Dominy having established a scientific foundation for aquafeed production and nutrition. "He made aquafeed production what it is today", Dr. Akiyama said.
Dr. Dominy, who heads up the technical consulting activities of Aquafeed.com, was the Director Feeds & Nutrition at the Oceanic Institute (OI), Hawaii. During his 30 years at the institute, he became the first person to gain a doctorate in aquafeed processing. His early research work focused on establishing processing parameters and procedures for aquatic feed production, and on shrimp nutrition. He travelled extensively as a consultant for U.S. Wheat, the American Soybean Association and USAid, helping aquafeed companies to optimize their production. Representatives of some of these companies traveled to Bangkok to express their thanks and appreciation for the help they had received.
The recognition ceremony came as a complete surprise to Dr. Dominy, who said he was overwhelmed and humbled by the honor and grateful for the knowledge he had gained in return and for the deep friendships made over the years.