As climate instability puts increasing pressure on food security, what does the future look like for sustainable aquaculture in Asia?

We spoke to senior executives from Aquaculture Innovation Centre and Blue Aqua International Group to get their perspective. Meet them all under one roof at the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit taking place this October in Singapore.

Chee Wee Lee, Centre Director, Aquaculture Innovation Centre
Chee Wee Lee, Centre Director, Aquaculture Innovation Centre

Chee Wee Lee is the Centre Director for Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Technology Advisor for Temasek Polytechnic and Co-Director for Centre for Aquaculture Research, Innovation and Education in Nanyang Technological University. We asked him:

What are the new areas of growth in the aquaculture sector across the APAC region that are addressing food security?

“In the APAC region, the aquaculture sector is experiencing rapid growth in several areas to address food security. These include the adoption of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture, cultivation of high-value species, smart aquaculture technologies, and land-based aquaculture for biosecurity reasons. These approaches focus on sustainability, technological advancements, and diversification of species to meet the growing demand for seafood while minimizing environmental impacts.”

Farshad Shishehchian is the President & CEO of the Blue Aqua International Group. We asked him:

What are the key factors that make sustainable aquaculture in Asia a significant contributor to food security, and how can the aquaculture supply chain be strengthened to enhance its resilience against challenges?

Farshad Shishehchian, President & CEO, Blue Aqua International Group
Farshad Shishehchian, President & CEO, Blue Aqua International Group

“Sustainable aquaculture in Asia plays a crucial role in ensuring food security due to several key factors. Firstly, the region’s abundant water resources and favorable climate offer ideal conditions for aquaculture production. Secondly, the industry’s diverse range of species bred in captivity provides a consistent and varied protein source for millions. Additionally, aquaculture promotes local employment and economic growth, benefiting coastal communities.

To enhance resilience against challenges, the aquaculture supply chain must focus on three critical aspects. Firstly, adopting eco-friendly practices like resource-efficient feed and responsible waste management. Secondly, implementing advanced technologies for disease prevention and monitoring. Lastly, fostering stronger collaborations between stakeholders, governments, and scientific communities to foster sustainable innovation and address emerging issues effectively.”

Hear more from Chee Wee and Farshad as they join the following panels on the Blue-Food Agenda:Pioneering a Sustainable and Resilient Future for APAC’s Seafood Supply Chain” on Day 3 of the summit, on November 2.