GOAL 2014: Audience poll results, Day 1


James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
October 9, 2014

Attendees of the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, have been polled, using electronic devices, on a number of issues thus far. Here are the results of the Day 1 questions (Day 2 results available tomorrow). My responses have an asterisk (some questions do not apply).

1. What sector of the seafood business are you in?
A—Producer (hatchery, farm, processing) 13%
B—Supplier (feed, equipment, services) 8%
C—Buyer (retail, foodservice, distribution) 41%
D—Government or Institutional 6%
E—Other (finance, academic, NGO) 32%*

2. In which continent to you primarily do business?
A—Asia and Australia 26%
B—Europe 16%
C—North America 53%*
D—Central and South America 4%
E—Africa 2%

3. Which is the primary species of your business?
A—Crustaceans 60%
B—Salmonids 6%
C—Marine Finfish 14%
D—Freshwater Finfish 17%
E—Bivalves 2%

4. What is the most important challenge limiting aquaculture?
A—Health and Disease Management 48%
B—Feed 9%*
C—Environmental and Social Responsibility 11%
D—Investment Capital 9%
E—Market Support 4%
F—Leadership 6%
G—Consumer Education 13%

5. What is the most important tool for managing EMS (Early Mortality Syndrome)?
A—Diagnostics 13%
B—Genetic Resistance 30%*
C—Hatchery Management 18%
D—Farm Management 37%
E—Feed Additives 3%

6. How soon will shrimp farming rebound from EMS?
A—1 year 8%
B—2 years 33%
C—3 years 31%*
D—4 years 9%
E—It’s already happening 18%

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