OMC Asia: the first and definitely not the last
The first edition of Offshore Mariculture to take place in the Southeast Asian region welcomed an audience of 130 aquaculture professionals including government officials, NGOs, investors, farm operators, equipment suppliers and many more from across the world.
The event closed with a rousing speech from the Events Director of Mercator Media, Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling who hinted at a return to the region in 2020. An interactive poll held during the closing session resulted in 70% of the audience calling for a return to Singapore.
Offshore Mariculture Asia was heralded ‘an excellent event’ by many conference attendees, with some complimenting the high calibre of speakers and the abundance of new contacts made at the event.
Jennifer Cobcroft, Associate Professor at James Cook University in Singapore, and Secretary of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS), commented that “the conference provided an excellent overview of the latest offshore technology and brought together experienced experts from all aspects of offshore aquaculture”.
While Daniel Benetti, a speaker at this year’s event and renowned hatchery expert, referenced the “productive and fun” nature of the conference and said that he made “excellent contacts”.
If you don’t want to wait until 2020 for the next instalment, OMC’s sister conference, High Energy Mariculture will be taking place in Corfu, Greece from 17-19 October 2018.