Carson Roper, international business development manager for the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program, and Jane Bi, BAP market development manager-Asia, were among the participants at the Asia-Pacific Aquaculture Expo 2015 in Xiamen, China, from May 25 to 27.

GAA’s strategic partner in China, China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA), organized the inaugural exposition Expo in conjunction with the 10th China International (Xiamen) Fisheries Expo. CAPPMA also hosted the 1st Global Aquaculture Summit on May 24 and the 7th China International Shrimp Industry Development Forum on May 27 and 28.

XiamenRoper was among the presenters at the China International Shrimp Industry Development Forum. He spoke about international market trends from the view of the shrimp supply chain.

Pictured clockwise from the top left are Dr. T.G. Manojkumar, assistant director of India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA); Dr. lr. Rokhmin Dahuri , M.S., of the Indonesian Aquaculture Society; Roper; and José Antonio Camposano, vice chairman of Federacion Ecuatoriana De Exportadores (FEDEXPOR). Photo courtesy of the Fisheries Advanced.

Roper and Bi also participated in the 1st Global Aquaculture Summit, at which aquaculture experts from China and abroad addressed topics such as aquaculture production trends, fishmeal production trends, overviews of the Canadian and Japanese aquaculture industries, traceability and antibiotic use in aquaculture.

“The Asia Pacific Aquaculture Expo is the only such comprehensive regional event dedicated to aquaculture,” said CAPPMA Secretary General Mr. Gang Di. “The world relies on agriculture and aquaculture for most of its protein needs. China is the world’s leading aquaculture producer. We look forward to building ASA Expo to promote aquaculture development.”

Several leading aquaculture groups from China exhibited at the Asia-Pacific Aquaculture Expo, including Grobest Group, Tongwei Group and Evergreen Group, all three of which are supporters of the BAP third-party certification program.