Day 1 round-up: Wide range of case studies presented at the 8th Offshore Mariculture
Subsequent sessions on day one of OMC Asia 2018 saw presenters covering a range of case studies which showcased local and international examples of successful offshore operations.
Crucially, the day one programme covered vital topics such as zoning and licencing which are often major obstacles in the set-up process of offshore farms. Aurore Trottet from DHI and Hayri Deniz from Kilic provided the audience with an insight into zoning and how it can be used for site selection.
Furthermore, the Asian market has suffered from the lack of a reliable supply of fingerlings. The final session of the day covered the development of large scale hatcheries for production of large quantities of high quality fingerlings and proved very popular with many. This session evidenced the focus on learning during this first day, with many Q&A sessions continuing up to the last moment in order to accommodate as many questions as possible.
Day one ended on a high, with the conference dinner, held at the Hilton Singapore. The dinner, marking the official end to the first day of Offshore Mariculture Asia, was attended by over 100 conference guests, from 25 countries, all of whom were eager to continue to build new connections and nurture existing ones.
Marianne Rasmussen Coulling, Events Director at Mercator Media, and Lukas Manomaitis, USSEC Aquaculture Programme Technical Lead welcomed guests to the dinner with a short speech which emphasised their hopes for the offshore mariculture industry in Southeast Asia, and particularly Singapore, and expressed their wishes to see marked changes over the next two years.
Day two will bring a selection of further presentations in the field of technology, marketing, nutrition and investment.