12th edition of TARS 2023 puts spotlight on Regeneration of Asia’s Shrimp Aquaculture Industry

The Asian shrimp aquaculture industry is stagnating and going nowhere. While there is increasing supply in Latin America, demand from the global market faces headwinds of inflation and a looming recession. Costs of production for Asian shrimp have risen tremendously, including high prices for feeds and energy inputs – erasing margins for farmers and affecting all players along the supply chain.

Zuridah Merican, Phd, Editor of Aqua Culture Asia Pacific & Chairperson of TARS 2023

“Part of the challenge is attributed to the lack of efficiency due to poor survival rates, however, there is a larger systemic risk,” says Zuridah Merican, PhD, editor of Aqua Culture Asia Pacific and chair of TARS 2023. “We need to proactively improve the culture model, mitigate disease, match nutrition and genetics, and place greater focus on sustainability. It is no longer acceptable for the industry to just keep evolving. We need to support the regeneration of Asia’s shrimp aquaculture – the responsibility falls on all stakeholders.”

TARS 2023 Shrimp Aquaculture: Regeneration will offer a way forward by looking at bottlenecks and challenges and recommend solutions for industry adoption. The 12th in the series, TARS 2023 will be held August 16-17, 2023 in Bali, Indonesia. The 2-day program will reflect on current developments and technologies in shrimp farming; discuss business strategies to position stakeholders in the global shrimp landscape; and future proof the industry for the next generation.

TARS 2022 Plenary Session

Key topics include the state of the industry and challenges; Indonesia’s shrimp production and marketing strategies; precision shrimp nutrition and health interventions, new and emerging technologies in the market, branding and marketing; risk management; and opportunities for investments in Asian shrimp farming.

As with the past 11 successful roundtable series, TARS has become the industry’s foremost opinion-leading aquaculture event in Asia. A host of international industry experts will facilitate the Plenary and Panel Discussions, and Interactive Breakout Roundtables that have become hallmarks of this critical series. This year, the Industry Dialogue will feature Next Generation Players, while the Hard Talk Session with Business Leaders will share experiences on what it takes to produce sustainable shrimp.

TARS 2022 Plenary Session

“TARS is a stakeholder-driven effort, and our role is to facilitate knowledge and information sharing for a common goal, to ensure a sustainable aquaculture industry for the next generation,” Merican adds. “Last year, the TARS conference in Vietnam which focused on Aquafeeds – A New Equilibrium was a great success with more than 250 participants from 26 countries in attendance.

TARS 2023 is the ideal platform for networking and dialogue among Asia’s key aquaculture players. It is open to CEOs, CTOs, Geneticists, Farm, Hatchery Managers & Technicians, Integrators, Feed & Feed Additive Producers, Nutritionists, Processors, Technologists, Suppliers, Marketeers, Startups, Innovators, Investors, Researchers, Governments, NGOs, Academia.and other stakeholders in the aquaculture supply chain.

TARS 2022 Interactive Breakout Roundtable Session

Organized by Aqua Culture Asia Pacific and Corporate Media Services, TARS is supported by the Aquaculture Division, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Indonesia (MMAF), and industry sponsors that include INVE Aquaculture, DSM, BASF, Adisseo, U.S. Soybean Export Council, U.S. Grains Council, DELOS, Jefo, Grobest and SyAqua.

Registration for TARS 2023 (Shrimp Aquaculture – Regeneration) opens on March 15, 2023.  To register, go to:

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The Aquaculture Roundtable Series® (TARS) initiated in 2011 is a stakeholder-driven effort to facilitate the sharing and exchange of information and experiences for a common goal, to equip the industry with the next phase of growth. It is a platform for all – public, private sector, academia, government and non-government organizations to share new knowledge, deliberate on critical issues, and identify strategies for improvement – to ensure a sustainable aquaculture industry for the next generation. TARS is designed as a series of roundtable sessions to focus on specific sectors of the industry. Over the past 11 years, TARS covered the following sectors: Aquafeeds in 2011, 2015, 2019 and 2022; Shrimp Aquaculture in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 & 2021; Finfish Aquaculture in 2013 & 2017. More information on:


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