Global Initiative for Life and Leadership through Seafood (GILLS) Chairman, Roy Palmer said “GILLS is very happy to be organising a session at the Asian Pacific Aquaculture Conference and Trade Show scheduled from 10-13 December 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City. The conference emphasizes the need for the whole industry to take a more strategic approach to expansion with the theme ‘Positioning for Profit’ and we will attempt to show how that equates through our seafood and health activities“.

The Keynote at the GILLS session will be Associate Professor Andreas L. Lopata, School of Pharmacy & Molecular Science at Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics, James Cook University whose presentation is entitled ‘What you need to know about reactions to Seafood’.

Other presenters in the session will be finalised soon but will include New York strategist and nutritional scientistChristopher Speed MND APD, Mexican aquaculture specialist and trainer, Dr Antonio Garza de Yta and Chairman, Roy Palmer.

Christopher Speed will be highlighting how seafood through aquaculture is the missing equation to truly impact human health and will also be talking about his experiences with major supermarket chains in relating to the barriers/acceptance to omega-3 and 6 measurement and consumer confusion – especially as non-fish forms of omega-3 try to crowd out the market (algae, krill, flax, etc.).

Antonio Garza de Yta will be delivering an update on his exciting work in Mexico relating to increasing seafood consumption and the important links to the health of the nation.
Dr. Lopata commented on his planned presentation saying “Seafood plays an important role in human nutrition and health. The growing international trade in seafood species and products has added to the popularity and frequency of consumption of a variety of seafood products across many countries. The majority of negative health effects related to the consumption of seafood is caused by toxins and not derived by allergic reactions.

Because of the similarity in clinical reactions of effected consumer and worker, it is of fundamental importance to differentiate adverse reactions to toxins from true seafood allergy. Future research into the development of better and more specific tests will help the industry and consumer to avoid accidental contamination of seafood.”

“The GILLS Session will add value to the discussions at the Conference, which is hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), organized by the Asian Pacific Chapter of World Aquaculture Society (WAS-APC), supported by RIA-II, VASEP and sponsored by Uni-President (Gold), Biomin (Silver) and a number of special session sponsors. Vietnam is a great place to visit with terrific food, weather, places to visit and hospitality
and it is the third largest aquaculture producing country in the world so we are greatly looking forward to the event,” said Roy Palmer.