NACA in cooperation with the Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Ocean and Fisheries, Guangdong Fishery Society, Guangdong Daya Bay Mariculture Research and Development Centre (Department of Marine & Aquatic Products, China), and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong SAR organized the first Study Program on Marine Aquaculture and Seafood Markets in Southern China, covering Guangzhou, Dayawan, Shenzhen, Shanwei, Raoping and Hong Kong. This study program is one of the activities of the Asia-Pacific Marine Fish Aquaculture Network, coordinated by NACA. Specifically, the Study Program was organized to provide:
- Unique understanding of the Chinese live marine seafood markets (Guangdong & Hong Kong SAR, the two biggest live tropical marine reef fish markets in the world), including preferred species, market organisation, market chains and market/consumer trends.
- Insight to the marine farming systems and management in southern China and Hong Kong SAR, including major species, hatcheries, new technologies, aquaculture farming systems and trends.
- Opportunities to develop valuable business and scientific contacts with aquaculturists, buyers, traders, industry groups, and scientists.
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