Global Trade Conference
on Aquaculture

29–31 May 2007
Qingdao, China

Edited by
Richard Arthur
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department


Jochen Nierentz
Senior Officer
Fish Utilization and Marketing Service
Fish Products and Industry Division
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

Rome, 2007

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Arthur, R.; Nierentz, J.(eds).
Global Trade Conference on Aquaculture. Qingdao, China, 29-31 May 2007.
FAO Fisheries Proceedings. No. 9. Rome, FAO. 2007. 271p.


These proceedings contain the manuscripts and summaries from the first Global Trade Conference on Aquaculture, held in Qingdao, China from 29 to 31 May 2007. A total of 23 papers (2 keynote presentations and 21 session presentations) and six abstracts are published, together with the programme and the opening and closing remarks.
The conference was organized by the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department in cooperation with the FISHINFONetwork. National preparation and the identification of speakers from the host country were the responsibility of INFOYU; international promotion was initiated by GLOBEFISH and INFOFISH, which was also in charge of the registration of international participants.
The conference was developed in five sessions. In the first session, “Aquaculture Growing Strength”, an overview on production and trade was followed by five commodity presentations showing the success in shrimp, salmon, tilapia, catfish and bivalve aquaculture.
The second session on “Challenges” highlighted the current and future challenges facing the sector. These included challenges related to assuring food safety in aquaculture products, maintaining and improving consumers’ perceptions of the quality and environmental acceptability of aquaculture, improving aquatic animal health management, addressing issues related to feed quality and availability, and improving the view investors take to assure economic and financial sustainability.
During the third session, the “Advantages and Opportunities” of aquaculture were covered by taking into account the globalization process and the requirements of processors and the food service and retail sectors, which all seem to have a preference for aquaculture products under special conditions. Seafood and health benefits, and the potential offered new species were seen as driving factors in the aquaculture sector. The opportunities and challenges for the small-scale fish farmers in Southeast Asia were also considered.
The fourth session was fully dedicated to the aquaculture sector in China, with presentations on the domestic market, the export potential, safety and quality inspection and China’s role in reprocessing seafood for re-export to the global market.
In the last session on “Progress – The Future”, the future developments expected for aquaculture were covered. Here the interaction between capture fisheries and aquaculture was analyzed and also presented in a case study on wild and aquacultured salmon. Aquaculture was viewed within the context of other intensive animal production systems. The enormous potential of the technical innovations in aquaculture compared to capture fisheries was highlighted under the term of “Blue revolution”. The last session was closed with a description of the political framework required to allow for the sustainable development of aquaculture.

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Preparation of this document   (Download pdf 290 kb)
Abbreviations and acronyms

Summary of the Global Trade Conference on Aquaculture
Annex 1: Programme
Annex 2: Opening statements
Keynote presentations

Driving forces in aquaculture – different scenarios towards 2030

Developing sustainable aquaculture industry and building a
harmonious international trade order



Overview of production and trade – the role of aquaculture fish supply

Five success stories in aquaculture

1. Shrimp: the most valuable seafood commodity from aquaculture

    Wally Stevens

2. Salmon aquaculture: production growth and new markets
    Frank Asche and SigbjØrn TveterÅs

3. Regal Springs Tilapia – sustainability by social and environmental

    Israel Snir

4. Pangasius – Viet Nam – fairy tale of an unknown species

    Nguyen Huu Dzung

5. Bivalves – success in a shell
    Douglas McLeod

SESSION 2: CHALLENGES  (Download pdf 287 kb)

Safety of aquaculture products: consumer protection, international
regulatory requirements and traceability

   Lahsen Ababouch

Consumer assurance: market-based quality schemes, certification,
organic labels, ecolabelling, retailer specifications

   Melanie Siggs

Aquatic animal health management in aquaculture (Abstract)
   Supranee Chinabut

Aquaculture development and environmental capacity:
where are the limits?

   Rohana P. Subasinghe and Michael J. Phillips

Meeting the feed supply challenges of aquaculture
   Albert G.J. Tacon and Sergio F. Nates

An investor’s view on investments and financing in aquaculture
   BjØrn Myrseth


Globalization and the impact of aquaculture
   Lorraine (Lori) Ridgeway

Value-added seafood: opportunities and challenges a United States
restaurant chain perspective

   George T. Williams

Aquaculture – what retailers expect from producers
   Andrew Mallison

The new consumer: seafood and health benefits (Abstract)
   Linda Chaves

Aquaculture production, certification and trade: challenges
and opportunities for the small-scale farmer in Asia

   Michael Phillips, Rohana Subasinghe, Jesper Clausen, Koji
   Yamamoto, C.V. Mohan, A. Padiyar and Simon Funge-Smith2

New aquaculture candidates
   Manfred Klinkhardt and Bjørn Myrseth

SESSION 4: CHINA  (Download pdf 182 kb)

Current situation and prospects of the domestic aquaculture
product market in China
   Chen Lansun

Export and industry policy of aquaculture products in China
   Xiao Fang

Natural Choice Sea Products, professional process management –
shellfish ecological aquaculture and safety control in the north
of the Yellow Sea

   Wu Hougang

Quality safety for aquaculture products of China and its management
   Zhou Deqing

Development of China as the world’s largest reprocessing centre of
frozen fish products and future challenges for the industry

   Joo Siang Ng

SESSION 5: PROGRESS – THE FUTURE  (Download pdf 275 kb)

Aquaculture and fisheries: complement or competition
   James L. Anderson

Implications of aquaculture for wild fisheries: the case of Alaska
wild salmon
   Gunnar Knapp

The lessons from intensive livestock development for aquaculture
   Jonathan Shepherd

The blue revolution – feed alternatives for aquaculture
   Manfred Klinkhardt

CLOSING OF THE CONFERENCE  (Download pdf 92 kb)

Closing remarks
   Ichiro Nomura

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