Sydney trade show features leading edge technology

A huge sell-out trade show looks set to be a highlight in its own right of the upcoming Australasian Aquaculture 04 conference
Sydney trade show features leading edge technology
September 1, 2004

A huge sell-out trade show looks set to be a highlight in its own right of the upcoming Australasian Aquaculture 04 conference, according to Dr Geoff Allan. Geoff, who is conference organising committee chairman, said exhibits ranged from leading edge filtration systems to ropes, nets and even a smokehouse manufacturer.

Geoff Allan

One of the conference’s major sponsors, Skretting, will also man a leading exhibit to demonstrate its commitment to transparency of verifications processes which ensure the health and safety of their products.

Skretting sales manager David Whyte said his staff will explain Skretting’s place in the aquaculture food chain with detailed examples of how products are sourced, produced, tested and sold. Nutritional facts are key to this exhibit dedicated to the conference’s sustainability theme.

“We will show how Skretting has willingly stepped up to the responsibility of being available to explain each detail about food quality and safety. Consumers of aquaculture can even call me to ask about vitamins fed to the fish they buy,” Mr Whyte said.

Samples and working demonstrations of equipment will feature in almost every exhibit. Another example of leading edge technology is prawn processing equipment being supplied to top Australian prawn farms. Danish company KM Machinery will demonstrate equipment capable of grading six grades of prawns at 1500kg per hour, as well as fully automatic batch cookers.

Top class aerators and fish feeders manufactured in Germany will be showcased by AGK Technologies at the trade show. A representative from the German parent company will be on site to explain the finer details and the future of this technology in the aquaculture industry.

Breeding, storage and transport tanks will be displayed, with Ajay and Duraplas Tank representatives on site to explain unique custom design services available. Superior tank designs ensure correctly designed ribs with strong, self-supporting domed tops and no vertical join lines.

Government agencies and representative bodies for each sector of aquaculture, state and federal, are also represented at the tradeshow.

The tradeshow is completely sold out but there are still a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available, so if you are interested in getting a message across to a captivated audience please consider quickly!

Specialist Workshops
Three specialist workshop sessions have also been organised to coincide directly with the conference.

A workshop explaining the future for recirculating aquaculture technology, to be presented by world expert Dr Tom Losordo will run on September 25 and 26. Among the topics covered will be  critical considerations in recirculating systems, tank hydraulics and solid removal and the application of ozone and UV filters in aquaculture. A $100 discount on the price of registration for this workshop is available to those also attending the Australasian Aquaculture conference. For more information please call NSW Fisheries on Tel: +612-4916 3913.

Advances and the next five year plan for larvae and commercial hatcheries is the subject of another key workshop to be held straight after the conference on September 30 and October 1.  Alternatives to live feeds will be one highlighted subject for speakers at this event, which also boasts major government and private sector sponsors. (contact: Dr Sagiv Kolkovski, Tel: +618-9239 8102; email:

A full overview of abalone health, targeted primarily at health service providersis the agenda of a workshop being touted as an “Australian first” for its industry. This event is also part of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation’s abalone disease survey and will be held on September 30 and October 1.  The cost for the two days is AU$200 and enquiries can be made to Dr Judith Handlinger on tel: +613-6336 5389.

Full details are available at Contact: Sarah-Jane Day on ph: 02-4916 3913. email:

The Australasian Aquaculture 2004 will be held from 26-29 September, 2004 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW, Australia. It comprises Conference and Exhibition of National Aquaculture Council, Asian-Pacific Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society and Tasmanian Aquaculture Society.