Singapore Hosts Inaugural Aquatics Show

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Singapore hosts inaugural aquatics show
31st July 2017

By Sandra Pearce

Singapore hosted its inaugural AquaRealm trade and consumer aquatics show in June.

AquaRealm has filled the gap of the now Guangzhou-based ornamental fish and aquarium exhibition Aquarama, which used to be held bi-annually in Singapore between 1989 and 2015, but moved to China in 2016.

The two-day conference included insights from Ornamental Fish International president, Shane Willis – it featured 18 regional and international speakers and more than 26 key exhibitors.

Held in conjunction with Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore’s Institute of Higher Learning in aquaculture research and training, the event was open to trade visitors on June 15-16 and the public for two days over the weekend of June 17-18. It included the world’s first Guppy Art Gallery Show and Charity Aquascaping Challenge.

Singapore’s ornamental fish trade seems to have hit a dry patch after its heyday a decade or two ago. Amid a tightening export market, local players are looking to get more beginners to pick up fish-rearing, reports The Straits Times.

According to data from United Nations Comtrade, Singapore's ornamental fish export value dropped from about US$52m to US$45m between 2014 and 2015. In 2007, the figure was US$66m.

Andy Yap, 51, Qian Hu Corporation deputy managing director, said weak buying power in the global market was one of the main reasons for the slump.

“There are also new producer countries such as Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, which are getting more aggressive,” he said. “It’s not so much a competition over price as quality. These new players are slowly catching up to (match) Singapore's export quality.”