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Responsible Seafood centre announces new shrimp industry event in Vietnam
March 1, 2023 By Hatchery International staff
The event will be centred on research, education, and collaboration to support responsible shrimp production. Summit topics will include global production forecasts, market expectations, shrimp health, breeding, intensification, improver programs for small-holder farmers, sustainable feeds, opportunities to expand markets, and green/sustainable financing.
“The goal of the Shrimp Summit is to reverse the declining growth trend across Asia by bringing together key leaders from production, market, and conservation communities in focused breakout sessions to discuss constraints, innovations, and practical solutions,” George Chamberlain, president of TCRS and former co-founder and president of the Global Seafood Alliance.
Discussions and webinars will begin on the TCRS Online Community well in advance of the Shrimp Summit to begin exchanging ideas and sharing expertise. These discussions will continue long after the event to assure an enduring impact. By sharing expertise, developing a common understanding of issues, and working toward consensus solutions, new paradigms are expected to emerge through productivity, improved livelihoods, and achievement of a higher level of sustainability, especially regarding climate change.
According to the TCRS press statement, Vietnam was chosen for its seafood economy and central position in Southeast Asia and South Asia. The Directorate of Fisheries of Vietnam will co-host the event, and the U.S. Soybean Export Council has signed on as the first sponsor. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in optional field trips to shrimp production facilities in Vietnam, including Minh Phu’s 2,3,4 super-intensive round tank farm and organic farms raising shrimp in harmony with mangrove forests.
“Asia constitutes two thirds of global shrimp production, but growth in Vietnam, China, India, Thailand, and Indonesia is leveling off or contracting. On the other hand, Ecuador is projected to represent the majority of the world’s 7 percent growth in shrimp production in 2023,” said Chamberlain.
The Center for Responsible Seafood (TCRS), formerly known as the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support regenerative processes and responsible seafood production. In 2021, TCRS launched an online global community, e-learning program and continuing professional development courses and certifications to address the needs of the seafood sector.
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