The three-part Aquaculture Innovation Webinar aims to gather industry experts and researchers from Norway, Israel, and Singapore to share trends and opportunities for aquaculture so as to play a stronger role in providing food and nutrition in Singapore and the regions. This online series hopes to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, practices, and foster collaboration to meet rising global demands, break new grounds in aquaculture innovation and explore better systems for sustainable farming in the spirit of open innovation.
The Aquaculture Innovation Webinar II, held on 22 April 2021, will feature strategies to break new grounds in aquaculture innovation. The topics for this webinar include fish-feed and nutrition as well as the health and genetics of marine species. For more information about Aquaculture Innovation Webinar III on 27 May 2021, please visit https://aquaculture.ipi-singapore.org/
3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (GMT +8)
A sustainable food future may be achieved with lesser pressure on wild fish stocks. As the global fish catch has peaked and has been on a steady decline over the last two decades, fish farming or aquaculture has grown to address this rising demand. However, for aquaculture to provide a steady food supply, it needs to address sustainability challenges of fish meal to reduce cost, intensification and disease management so that the harvest remains fruitful while also cultivating a breeding culture that is environmentally friendly. The aquaculture industry needs to engage in innovation, leverage science and technology, and adopt engineering execution to break new grounds in its practices.
FEEDS & NUTRITION
3.30 pm – 4.15 pm (GMT +8)
Good nutrition is essential to the economical production of a healthy, high-quality product for consumption. In fish farming, nutrition is critical for its long-term viability because feed typically represents 50% of the variable production cost. Fish nutrition has advanced steadily in recent years with the development of new and improved diets that promote optimal fish growth and health. The improved fish meal formulations for different species have supported the aquaculture industry as it expands to satisfy increasing demand for affordable, safe and high-quality seafood products.
HEALTH & GENETICS
4.15 pm – 5.00 pm (GMT +8)
The mortality rate of larval marine species that are reared in hatcheries is extremely high. The prevailing theories include the cause-effect from bacterial and viral diseases, poor water condition due to leaching from water-soluble vitamins and nutrients in tiny fish pellets or waste treatment. While vaccines have effectively been used to immunise susceptible fish species and reduce their mortality rate, more can be done to address the health of marine species in land-based fish farming.