Monday, 22 June 2020 - 09:30 CET
170 participants from 39 countries Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, India, Egypt, England, USA, Nigeria, Norway, Belgium, France, Austria ,Bangladesh, Italy, Brazil, Switzerland, Chile, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Algeria, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Moldova, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Tunisia, South Africa, China. Our speakers provided attendees with a global aquaculture industry overview, with a closer look at production in Germany, China and Thailand in addition to the current status of the fish feed sub segment, the current trends and insights.
Key points covered are as follows:
- Global Aquaculture Industry Overview
Aquaculture constitutes 600 species in production, the most diverse among all segments of animal production. Aquaculture is a continuously growing sector with the stagnation of catch and capture market segment. China is the major fish producer accounting for 35 percent of the global fish production - Asia without China counts for 34 percent of production. Europe contributes a low 3,7% of the total aquaculture production. Production in this region is led by Norway.
German and European products have a good reputation and is known for its high standards of technology, Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) and fish food however low self-sufficiency prevails as there are high costs and many restrictions based on environmental protection etc.
- Production highlights from Germany:
German fish farms which are mainly characterized by their small size were not intensely effected during the COVID-19 pandemic as they are generally selling directly to a customer. Good water quality, strict hygiene standards, high quality feed in the right quantity, and finally having the best technology systems in place allow German fish farmers to keep the high quality standard with the quality of fish meat produced.
- Fish feed: status, trends and perspectives
Raw materials for fish food have to be sourced very carefully as they have to provide a high nutrient value. Aller Aqua is testing efficiency of fish feed using test like palatability, directivity and feces, its stability in water. Supermarkets are looking to supply fish according to the needs to the consumers, for example they do not want the feed to have any animal by products. Growing adoption of complex technology in aquaculture, resource and knowledge intensive especially in the area of RAS System.
- Aquaculture in China
China is the largest aquaculture market in the world and will remain a larger aquaculture market because of the growth of the middle income segment as well as the increased demand for seafood in fast food products. There has been a shift in the consumption pattern of Chinese consumers towards small scale little bone species of fish as easily processed varieties are gradually becoming the mainstream of food and beverage industry. Future trends of aquaculture in China include: China became the largest aquafeed manufacturer accounting 40.3% of global production. There will be a move toward qualitative products than producing in quantity. In addition, the business sector will face increased production costs due to rising labor costs.
Shrimp Production in Thailand:
Approximately 318,000 tonnes of shrimp were produced in Thailand in 2019, with nearly half that amount set aside for export. White shrimp is the preferred species for production due to the ease in farming and because it requires less high-protein food, however the ROI is lower and the environmental impact bigger as compared to black tiger shrimp. In addition to the requirement of good feed quality, efficient shrimp farming technology that regulates aeration and water change is critical to produce healthy shrimp by maintaining healthy pH levels and bloom-bush of phytoplankton. Introduction of probiotics can also establish beneficial microbial communities under culture conditions which results in the accelerated decomposition of the organic wastes and balance microbial and phytoplankton activities and thereby promote a healthy ecosystem . Probiotics plays a part in regulating direct water quality with less ph-fluctuation which leads to healthy conditions for the growth of shrimp
9:30 – 9:35 Welcome Speech
9:35 – 9:50 Introduction, Dr. Birgit Schmdit-Puckhaber, DLG e.V. Project Manager for Aquaculture
9:50 – 10:05 A view into a German Trout Farm, Alexander Tautenhahn, Member of DLG Expert Board Aquaculture & Trout Farm Trostadt, Germany
10:05 – 10:20 Fish feed - tasks and perspectives for high quality products, Dr. Hanno Slawski, Group and Research Managing Director, Aller Aqua, Denmark
10:20 – 10:35 Development of Tongwei Aquatic Feed and Overview of Aquatic Market in China, Dr. Mi Haifeng, Director of Aquaculture R & D Department, Tongwei Co., Ltd
10:35 – 10:50 Review on competence of Thailand on aquaculture production and export, Mr. Mesak Pakdeekong, Director General, Department of Fisheries, Thailand
10:50 – 11:30 Discussion