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APA Taiwan 2018 Innovation for sustainability and food safety

Globally, the FAO considers the world will need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050 compared to what we produced in 2008. The World Economic Forum believes that this will come from aquaculture. “I believe so too!” said Dr Guillaume Drillet, the Immediate Past-President of the World Aquaculture Society’s Asian Pacific Chapter, when opening APA Taiwan 2018. The event, held in downtown Taipei, from April 26-28, 2018 and attracted just under 2000 participants to its range of concurrent seminars and conferences and to its compact by vibrant exhibition in the Taipei International Convention Centre. “Yet, we have to also take into account that for now, we are using more resources than the earth produces each year. We need to produce more with less and we need to do this sustainably and safely,” he explained to attendees at the opening ceremony for the Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2018 ‘Innovation for Aquaculture Sustainability and Food Safety.’ “On that note, I am convinced that you will all appreciate that the title of this conference has been very well chosen. In the future, we will see further requirements for independent quality assurance testing of what we produce and how we produce. This is not just to access market in other continents but to ensure that we are producing it right, here, for our own people! “It would be naïve to think that we can enforce quality assurance programmes and standards, certifications on industries such as electronics, oil and gas and that we would only apply the minimum standards to the production and transformation industries preparing the food we eat. “Our industry must be exemplary!”

Adding value

To celebrate the opening of the Conference, the WAS has made available a collection of papers from the region on aquaculture, genetics and breeding in Chinese and published this special issue online. It is available to view for one month from the website of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. He added that the APA had created more value for its 60 | May 2018 - International Aquafeed