Monday, January 8, 2018

09/01/2018: The ‘Kingdom of Aquaculture’ hosts its annual exhibition in Taiwan

The 2017 Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show took place early November in Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre in southern Taiwan alongside Taiwan Agriculture Week 2017

This is the fisheries annual event and in its third year. It draws together all sectors of fisheries, aquaculture and the seafood industry including government reprsentatives, academia and research institutions. This year saw 185 exhibitors in 354 booths and included 21 major fisheries nations worldwide. The shows, over three days, attracted over 7000 visitors, up 10 percent on 2016. 

The show was divided into eight exhibition areas ranging from fishing equipment and technology to aquaculture, seafood and processing equipment, marine biotechnology and feed producers besides a range of other interests.

Major domestic and international technology companies, including An Chang and Awareocean were invited to showcase their technology integration and use of IoT, which brings together fisheries IT and industrialisation.

“In Taiwan we are working hard to create a new paradigm for fisheries and aquaculture,” says Mr Huang Chin-Cheng the Deputy Minister of Council of Agriculture during the opening ceremony.

“We are hoping to improve the promotion and marketing abilities of both aquaculture and fisheries. We are working hard to strengthen the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture and to enhance food security and safety. In fisheries, we are working to curb ‘Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated’ (IUU) fishing; the consul of agriculture is ready to make more efforts in curbing IUU fishing and we also want to increase the staffing in our foreign offices in other countries. We hope that we can support our fisheries and to eliminate destructive fishing methodologies,” he told his audience.

The Deputy-Secretary General of Kaohsiung Government, Mr Lin Ying-Pin, says “We know that Taiwan, particularly southern Taiwan, plays an important role in Taiwan’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Our city is known for both its fisheries and hatcheries worldwide; particularly our milkfish, razor fish and tilapia. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are important goals for both the city as well as the central government.

“Over the past few years we have seen some dramatic changes; one we are now seeing is more of the younger generation returning home to engage in farming and also fish farming, they are playing a greater role in these sectors,” he says.

Taiwan believes it must be fully committed to the most crucial issues facing the industry today as a result of limited ocean resources, particularly by upgrading the aquaculture industry. And this TAITRA-supported event, operated my myExhibitions, is one way to address the issues the industry faces.

An export-driven feed producer
A stabilising population is thought to be one factor in the over-production and hence declining prices for farmed fish in Taiwan. That’s a simple answer to a situation that has developed and whereby 50 percent of the country’s fish production today is being exported.

Danty Lin of Shye Yih Feeding Co Ltd was on his stand at Taiwan International Fishing and Seafood Show, when a group of journalists stopped by to ask about the company and it’s focus on the manufacturer of fish feeds.

Milkfish and Tilapia are the main fish species catered for by Shye Yih Feeding Co, with it’s annual turnover of TWD$1.4 billion produces 50,000 tonnes annually from its factory nearby to Kaohsiung.

This company produces only extruded and pelleted - both floating and sinking - for fish farmers. Another 10 species are provided for include Seabass, Grouper and Eel. The most unusual species it makes feeds for is the freshwater fish called ’Sweetfish’ and for which the company has achieved an 80 percent market share in feed supplies.

With fish prices depressed in the local Taiwanese market the company’s focus is on sales of finished feeds abroad; mainly into Malaysia and Korean markets.

However, at present, the local market is still the company’s largest.

“Asia is the biggest growth area for aquaculture with Vietnam being a leader,” says Mr Lin. India is also a potential market that could import more complete fish feeds, he adds.

While his company does not produce shrimp feeds per se, it does indirectly feed a substantial amount of shrimp though the Taiwanese practice whereby fish farmers co-locate shrimp with their milkfish to reduce the risk of disease.

However, given depressed local market prices and farmers often producing fish at a loss, it is a surprise to learn that Tilapia prices are now beginning to improve.

Much of Taiwan’s aquaculture is grown in ponds rather than in cages due to the risk of hurricanes.

The Shye Yih Feeding Co mill has a capacity of 10,000 tonnes per month or 120,000 tonnes per year. It says certification and traceability play a big part in being able to secure overseas orders for its fish feeds.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the 
Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show website, HERE.

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