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TARS 2024 to focus on Asia’s finfish aquaculture

The 13th edition of the Aquaculture Roundtable Series® (TARS) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from August 14-15, 2024.

2. Nursery ponds for tilapia and pompano, with hapa nets and feeding trays.
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March 20, 2024

The 13th edition of the Aquaculture Roundtable Series® (TARS) will be on Finfish Aquaculture: Steering an Industry into Focus. It will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from August 14-15, 2024 at the Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel.

In Asia’s finfish aquaculture, there are some large integrated operations that are making waves globally. However, most stakeholders are still seeking focus and directions for growth. Production is still associated with lower-value fish such as the tilapia and pangasius, and there are no significant marine fish species. Asia has failed to keep up with its temperate species peers in the past decade. What are the catalysts for investment and innovation and what are the strategies for growth? There are opportunities for producers in Asia to be a leading supplier in the global whitefish market and play a larger role in food security.

“At TARS 2024, we will seek answers on what is holding back growth, despite opportunities. The pangasius faces a saturated market while the tilapia has moved into the commercial export segment but more needs to be done. Marine fish is an opportunity to build a third leg for expansion into the whitefish market. At this TARS, we take a deep dive and analyze the situation, and set the scene on where the industry wants to be,” said Zuridah Merican, editor of Aqua Culture Asia Pacific and chair of TARS 2024.

“Our unique proposition is the interactive roundtable breakout session where all participants have a voice. This has been the forte at TARS, to get stakeholders to interact together and resolve the industry’s challenges. We also encourage industry partners to join us in this endeavor. The last TARS was very successful with stakeholders in the shrimp aquaculture industry to regenerate the sector. The new highly interactive format attracted more participation from the farming and hatchery segments,” added Merican.

Participation is limited to 250 to facilitate networking and attendee engagement. At each TARS, organizers bring stakeholders to exchange knowledge and experiences to work together to move the industry forward. For more information, visit