With the world’s third largest shrimp producing country as a vibrant backdrop, join us for a solutions-oriented event with deep discussions about the global industry. The keynote address by Robins McIntosh, “What’s Working in Shrimp Farming Today”, will provide unique insights on how producers around the world are improving efficiency while reducing impacts and cost.

From issues to innovations, the comprehensive sessions will engage key stakeholders and decision makers representing the entire value chain. All sessions, led by expert speakers and panelists from around the globe, will provide the opportunity to find out what’s new and contribute to the industry’s direction at this critical time.

The Summit includes a pre-conference tour on 27 June that will take attendees to state-of-the-art hatcheries and a smallholder farm where the latest digital technologies are maximizing shrimp production and minimizing environmental impact. For an additional fee, attendees can also join a two-day post-conference tour that will highlight the full supply chain, providing first-hand insights into hatcheries, farms, feed mills, and processing plants in Andhra Pradesh. More information on the post-conference tour is coming soon.

The speakers, topics, tours, and networking make Shrimp Summit 2024 an event not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you in Chennai!


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OUR MISSION: To advance responsible seafood production through our unique global hub for knowledge sharing, enhanced by applied research and collaborative programs.

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Thursday, June 27, 2024 - Pre-Conference Tour

Friday, June 28, 2024

Saturday, June 29, 2024


Check back for more speaker announcements.

Dr. George Chamberlain

President, The Center for Responsible Seafood (TCRS) and Summit Chair 

Dr. George Chamberlain is a co-founder of both the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) and TCRS. He continues to serve as a Board member of GSA. From 1999 to 2020, Chamberlain founded and managed several shrimp breeding, nutrition, and farming companies (Kona Bay) with operations in Malaysia, Brunei, and Hawaii. During this time, he also served as President of the World Aquaculture Society. Chamberlain’s career in architecture spans almost 50 years and includes cutting-edge work with Texas A&M University, Ralston Purina International and Monsanto. 

Robins McIntosh

Executive Vice President, Charoen Pokphand Group Co., Ltd.

McIntosh is Executive Vice President for technical development of shrimp culture within the Group. He joined the Group in 2001 to assist with the restructuring of shrimp culture in Thailand and Southeast Asia. McIntosh is also CEO of Home-Grown Shrimp, a US subsidiary of CPF focused on producing shrimp in indoor facilities in the USA. He developed the first zero water exchange, intensive and revolutionary shrimp farm, Belize Aquaculture, Ltd.

Robert Jones

Director of Global Aquatic Food Systems, The Nature Conservancy

As Director of Global Aquatic Food Systems, Jones leads a team of the organization’s foremost experts to scale up innovative solutions and generate global conservation outcomes for the global fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Jones is best known for developing a new scientifically grounded paradigm for advancing nature and community-positive aquaculture that is generating conservation results in 10 countries, the creation of the U.S. Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration (SOAR) Program, and the co-design of the Hatch-TNC Blue Revolution Impact Investment Fund.

Shan Kadavil

CEO, is the largest vertically integrated e-commerce company in the Fish and meat space in the world delivering over 2 million orders a month across 3 million customers in 140 cities in India and all of UAE. Under Shan’s leadership and vision, is providing Chemical-Free & Antibiotic Residue Free food to the masses; re-inventing the food supply chain from scratch with their innovative platform of vendors, thus providing higher value to the farmers and fishermen.

Gabriel Luna

Founder, Glunashrimp

As the founder of Glunashrimp, Gabriel leads a team providing Quality Assurance services, subscription-based market reports, and market advisory services tailored to Ecuadorian shrimp production. She is a respected figure in the global seafood industry, leveraging over two decades of experience in sourcing premium Ecuadorian and Mexican shrimp to bring extraordinary value to multiple companies as their international purchase advisor and shrimp buying agent.

Travis Larkin

President and CEO, Seafood Exchange

Larkin joined Seafood Exchange in 1997 from Darden Restaurants, where he handled shrimp procurement for Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Bahama Breeze. He has extensive experience with production and procurement issues in Latin America and Asia, as well as product development and market issues relating to retail and food service markets in the U.S. Larkin also serves as Chair of the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Nominating Committee and has served on NFI’s Executive Committee, on the founding Board of managers for its Better Seafood Board, and as President of the National Shrimp Industry Association.

Dr. Thomas Gitterle

CEO and Genetic Advisor, iBreed Aqua LLC

As the CEO and Genetic Advisor at iBreed Aqua LLC since April 2022, Thomas Gitterle brings a visionary perspective. He provides invaluable advice on designing and implementing selective breeding programs for aquatic species, always considering the animals within the context of their natural farming conditions. His vision is to harness the adaptability and resilience inherent in aquatic species to optimize genetic selection strategies, paving the way for a sustainable future in aquaculture.

Ragnar Nystøyl

Chief Analyst, Kontali Analyse

Ragnar has been spearheading Kontali’s independent research on aquaculture and fisheries for more than two decades. For almost the same length of time, he has been a key contributor to the global farmed finfish production data and forecasts at the GOAL and RSS events. Having expanded from the leading role in primarily cold-water farmed finfish research, Kontali has taken up global warmwater shrimp research as the next focus area, and Ragnar will be joined by Shrimp Analyst Erwin Termaat in Chennai.

Pamela Wharton

International Labor and Human Rights Expert, Wharton Consulting

Pam has 15+ years of experience as an international labor & human rights expert. She worked for the Solidarity Center as their Cambodia Deputy Program Director, building the capacity of unions to protect and advance worker rights. Prior to that, she worked for the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs where she oversaw the development and implementation of initiatives designed to assess and improve countries’ legal frameworks, labor law enforcement, and companies’ social accountability plans to help them achieve compliance with international labor standards. She also worked for a domestic office at DOL focused on combating discrimination and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Pam started her own consulting firm in 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Pavan Kosaraju

CEO, AquaExchange Agritech

Pavan uses the latest tools in technologies such as bioengineering, IoT and ML to transform the aquaculture sector. His company has currently automated more than 10% of all shrimp farms in India. In his 20+ year career, Pavan has acquired deep knowledge of the technology and financial modeling sectors, having worked with leading firms like Infosys, SAP Labs, and KPMG. Pavan holds an engineering degree from IIT (Madras), an MBA from ESMT (Berlin), and is FRM certified from GARP (USA).​

Ramraj Dhamodaraswamy

Director, Padmanabha Labs/HiBreeds Aquatics

Ramraj Dhamodaraswamy is a postgraduate in Mariculture from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR). Beginning his career as a biologist in a shrimp farm in 1989, he has been involved in Shrimp Hatchery operations, Farming, and Molecular Diagnostics services in a career that spans three decades, concurrent with the growth of the Shrimp Industry in India. He has served as the president of the Society of Aquaculture Professionals (SAP, 2008-10) and the All-India Shrimp Hatcheries Association (AISHA 2018-21). He is currently a member of the USSEC’s Regional Advisory Council, Soy Excellence Centre, India.

Shelly Wanamaker

Research Scientist, Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

Shelly Wanamaker is a Research Scientist at Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute developing rapid diagnostics and computational tools to support sustainable fisheries. Her postdoctoral research at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and graduate intern research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration focused on environmental impact on shellfish, salmon, crab, and plankton. Shelly has a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California San Diego and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Simmons College in Boston. She is passionate about collaborative work to develop practical solutions to aid food security and climate resiliency.

Brian Vinci

Director, Freshwater Institute

Brian has been involved with the Freshwater Institute for 25+ years, serving as Environmental Engineer and Director of Engineering Services before becoming Director in 2018. He has been a USDA National Needs Program Doctoral Fellow, a Cornell University Master of Engineering Program Fellow, a USAID Technical Consultant, and a Past-President and Director of the Aquacultural Engineering Society. Brian holds a Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering, a Master of Engineering in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University.

Dr. Surendran V

Director – Technical, Vaisakhi Bio-Marine (P) Ltd.

Surendran completed his M.Sc. Mariculture from Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin (Cochin University of Science & Technology), India and has been active in commercial shrimp aquaculture for over three decades in India and abroad. He has been associated with Government, Corporate and Private sectors in shrimp aquaculture projects both in hatchery and farm. He was active also in technical consultancy services as Shrimp Aquaculture specialist for planning, design, implementation and operation of commercial hatcheries and farms in India.

Kunal Choudhary

CEO, Eruvaka

Kunal is passionate about technology and aquaculture, with extensive experience in India, Africa and Latin America. Over the last few years Kunal has worked with Eruvaka to transform shrimp farming with the use of technology. He brings with him a deep understanding of the global shrimp trade, regional market dynamics, and a strong purpose to help aquaculture achieve food security globally through the use of technology.

Stan Serfling

Consumer Safety Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Stan Serfling is a Consumer Safety Officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) where his work focuses on aquaculture policy in the Division of Seafood Safety. Stan is responsible for providing scientific and policy advice for aquacultured seafood products regulated by the FDA. Previously, Stan was a Research Biologist with FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine where he investigated drug metabolism for aquaculture species and helped develop guidelines for antimicrobial susceptibility in aquacultured seafood products. In addition, Stan works in the capacity building sector for FDA, as an instructor for Good Aquaculture Practices and Seafood HACCP training programs. 

Dr. Viviana Lazzarotto

Global Marketing Manager, Skretting

Dr Viviana Lazzarotto is originally from Italy, where she graduated in Biology and Biotechnologies for food science from the University of Padova. She then decided to specialize in animal nutrition, focusing on aquatic animals. Viviana worked for more than 3 years as formulator, nutritionist, as well as R&D project manager in Australia, before joining Skretting in 2021 as a researcher in the Warm Water and Shrimp Nutrition team. In her current position, as the Global Marketing Manager for the Shrimp Innovation team Viviana works very closely with the different Skretting Operational companies located around the globe to support the aquaculture industry and empower shrimp farmers to improve their overall success.  

Warren E. Connelly 

Senior Counsel, Trade Pacific PLLC

Warren E. Connelly has practiced in the international trade law field for over 35 years. After retiring as a partner from the prominent international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, he joined Trade Pacific PLLC in July 2016 as Senior Counsel. Chambers USA have ranked Mr. Connelly as one of the top trade lawyers in Washington in every year since 2005, and he has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Legal in every year since 2002.

Véronique Jamin 

Communications and External Relations Director, IFFO

Véronique joined IFFO - The Marine Ingredients Organisation in January 2019 as Communications Director. She is a founding member and Secretariat Lead of the Global Roundtable on Marine Ingredients, alongside the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). This multistakeholder initiative aims at driving positive changes in key fisheries globally and increasing the availability of responsibly-sourced marine ingredients.

Kotaro Mori 

General Manager, Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Maruha Nichiro Corporation have been in the seafood business for 144 years and we are one of the biggest seafood companies in the world. I joined the company in 1996 and with the company for 28 years spending all my career in the shrimp business. 

Very excited to join the TCRS Shrimp Summit 2024 in Chennai this year and looking forward to getting connected with all the people in the Shrimp industry!

Dr. Bert Wecker 

CTO, Oceanloop

Dr. Bert Wecker studied fisheries biology and aquaculture at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. Since his diploma thesis in 1999, Bert has specialized in aquaculture with a focus on marine recirculating aquaculture systems. 

In 2006, Bert joined the Sander Group and developed the Oceanloop technology, the world's first recirculating aquaculture technology that is independent of natural seawater. In 2015, Bert became the CEO of Oceanloop Kiel, a shrimp farm in Northern Germany where he used the Oceanloop technology commercially for the first time to farm marine shrimp.

Dr. John Buchanan 

CEO, Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) 

Prior to helping launch CAT, Dr. Buchanan served for 5 years as the Director of Research and Development at AquaBounty Technologies, building on his experience from leadership positions at Louisiana State University and University of California San Diego. Dr. Buchanan has led research on the application of genetic engineering to aquaculture, the use of selective breeding, hatchery technologies, and genomics for improved productivity in finfish, in addition to others. 

Ravi Kumar Yellanki  

Managing Director – Vaisakhi Bio-Marine Private Limited, Vaisakhi Bio-Resources Private Limited 

Mr. Ravi Kumar Yellanki oversees both a leading shrimp hatchery operators (and soon to be shrimp exporter) in India and one of the largest farms in the country. He has written numerous papers and publications on the shrimp hatchery sector, covering key topics like management and its role in a changing environment. Ravi is expert in understanding local market trends and opportunities and is currently focused on building sustainable strategies for Indian Shrimp Aquaculture.  

He is also President of the All India Shrimp Hatchery Association (AISHA) and immediate Past President of the Society of Aquaculture Professionals (SAP).


India is the third largest shrimp producer in the world, following Ecuador and China, and Chennai is the headquarters of many of the largest shrimp producing companies. Chennai is also a notable cultural center, and due east on the coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram.

With its awe-inspiring size and grandeur, the ITC Grand Chola is a veritable destination unto itself. Located in the heart of Chennai, the hotel is a palatial tribute to Southern India’s greatest empires – the Imperial Cholas. There are four separate entry points, each with a distinct artistic identity. The hotel welcomes guests in 522 rooms and 78 serviced apartments, and the ten food and beverage outlets offer top-notch regional, national, and global cuisines.

The ITC Grand Chola is also the world’s largest LEED® Platinum rated hotel in the New Construction category by the Indian Green Building Council.

We have secured special rates for Summit attendees at the hotel. You will be able to make a reservation by clicking the button below. Book now to make sure you have a hotel room in the Shrimp Summit 2024 room block.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

As we gear up for an exciting gathering of industry leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts, we extend a warm invitation to prospective sponsors to join us in shaping the future of the shrimp industry. As a sponsor, you'll have the unique opportunity to showcase your brand, connect with key stakeholders, and contribute to the vibrant discussions that drive progress in our field. We invite you to explore the various sponsorship opportunities available and join us in making Shrimp Summit 2024 an unforgettable event. Let's collaborate to elevate the shrimp industry to new heights! Contact us today to discuss how we can tailor a sponsorship package to suit your organization's goals and objectives. 

Together, let's dive into a sea of opportunities at Shrimp Summit 2024!

For sponsorship information, contact Jim Batchelor.


Early Bird Deadline Extended Until May 31, 2024!

CategoryEarly Bird (USD)
Until May 31, 2024
Regular (USD)
June 01 - June 23, 2024
Late (USD)
June 24 - 28, 2024 
Virtual Only***$100$200$300
Accompanying Person**$200


  1. Pre-Conference Tour on 27th June 2024. (*/**)
  2. All Summit Sessions on 28th and 29th June 2024. (*)
  3. Welcome Reception on 27th June 2024. (*/**)
  4. Gala Dinner on 28th June 2024. (*/**)
  5. Two rounds of Tea/Coffee on 28th and 29th June 2024 during Sessions. (*/**)
  6. Buffet Lunch on 28th and 29th June 2024. (*/**)
  7. Delegate Kit. (*)
  8. Access to event livestream of Summit Sessions. (*/***)

Cancellation Policy:

  1. For cancellations before June 16th, 2024, we'll refund your registration payment, less 10% administrative fee, after the Summit.
  2. Any cancellation after June 16th, 2024, no refunds will be applicable.
  3. Cancellation must be done by writing to 



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