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US soybean group leads aquaculture workshops across SE Asia

The series aimed to increase sustainable production of marine fish in the region.

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) conducted workshops across southeast Asia in early May in an effort to increase the production of sustainable marine fish aquaculture species in the region.

The workshop series was titled 'Development of a Sustainable, High-Volume, Export-focused Marine Fish Aquaculture Sector in Southeast Asia' and was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Manila, Philippines.

Southeast Asia  has a significant number of high-quality fish processing facilities for land-based aquaculture production and wild-caught fisheries, but the marine fish aquaculture industry remains largely outdated and behind global trends towards larger scale, industrial marine fish cage farms that operate in offshore areas.

With the expectation that a rapid advancement in the uptake of production technology will lead to significant increases in the volumes of marine fish, the theme of the workshops was to prepare the overall industry in southeast Asia to plan correctly for supplying an export market.

Lukas Manomaitis, technical director for southeast Asia at USSEC; Matt Brooker, business development manager for The Fishin' Company; Scott Zimmerman of Safe Quality Seafood Associates; Isidor Yu of GlobalGAP; Nguyen Thanh Binh of the BAP program; and Langley Gace and David Kelly of Innovasea Systems were amongst the speakers at the events.

“I walked away from this experience with an excitement for the direction that USSEC is leading the industry in the region," said Brooker. "There is a real need for high-quality, sustainable, and affordable seafood in North America and Europe."

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