Ridley Australian Prawn Farmers Association Symposium 2019!

The annual Symposium is the pre-eminent forum for Australian prawn farmers to gain new knowledge, network and meet with service providers, vendors and scientists.

The 2019 symposium was held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank, Brisbane on Monday 29th July – Wednesday 31st July 2019

Program Ridley APFA Symposium 2019 Program

Symposium Flyer APFA Symposium flyer

The 2019 theme was Growing Together – What part will you play?  This theme  explored challenges, approaches, strategies and vision for Australian prawn farming and aquaculture. Presenters came from all industry connections including, but not limited to, aquaculture farming, marketing, feed production, research, retail, government agencies, consultants, logistics and suppliers.


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors and exhibitors – Ridley APFA Symposium Sponsors and Exhibitors


Some Keynote PresentersCombined Keynote speakers flyer

 Robins McIntosh! Executive Vice President of the Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF), the largest integrated producer of aquaculture shrimp in the world!

 Yahira Piedrahita! Executive Director of the National Chamber of Aquaculture in Ecuador and 29 years in the shrimp industry including as the General Director of Aquaculture in Ecuador.

 John Weir! A Zootechnical Engineer who has been at the forefront of innovation in operations and biological performance associated with the early stage growth cycle of prawns throughout Latin America and Asia.


2019 Presentations:

0900 Yahira Piedrahita APFA2019- Ecuador 2019

0930 Daniel Gruenberg APFA 2019 Talk

0930 Robins McIntosh_australia what part will you play final2


1600 Jill Briggs Affectus Speech

1540 DaniellePurdon_Engagement

1520 Cameron Scadding 190731 APFA Presentation

1420 Michael Pritchard Choosing the right biosecuirty products for your buisness August 2019

1420 Ha Truong SCEINCE OF NOVACQ presentation APFA

1400 David Tomlinson Pawn Growers PPP

1400 Craig Dickson_Water Reuse – Presentation

1340 Rick Milne APFA Serious About Safe Business

1340 H Suazo RAPFAS2019

1320 David Mann_FIWT project presentation APFA 31July19

1240 Sandra Infante_Villamil_OralP_2019

1220 Sandra Boswell

1210 Barry Robinson Vir_evol_theory_SciWeek_2019_K

1200 Kelly Condon_bacterial toxin genes

1150 Luke Ryan, Wednesday, session 2, talk 4, 11 50am

1140 Andrew Foote_APFA2019_20190729

1130 Beth Fowler

1120-Tom Ackery Brisbane APFA Talk 2019

1110 Jennifer Cobcroft_RAPFAS

1100 Smith&Allen APFA 2019 Presentation

1020 Debra Doolan_APFA_Managing translocation risk for aquatic animals

1000 Tracey Murray APFA Symposium 2019 – Good Business Practices for Industry in Challenging Times


Award Recipients:

The 2019 Award for student poster for an outstanding poster presentation on display was awarded to:

Sandra Infante Villamil


The award for young achievers under 30 who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian Prawn Farming Industry was awarded to:

Pippa Adamson from Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture


The 2019 Award for INFLUENCER (and women in aquaculture) who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian prawn farming industry was awarded to:

Jill Briggs from Affectus


The 2019 Award for outstanding Innovation or Research and Development contributing to the Australian Prawn Farming Industry was awarded to:

Dr Greg Coman from CSIRO


The 2019 Award for service and contribution to the Australian prawn farming industry was awarded to:

Dr Richard Smullen from Ridley

Past Events

2018 Ridley Australian Prawn Farmers’ Association Symposium

The Australian Prawn Farmers Association is the leading industry organisation for prawn and shrimp farming in Australia, an industry with a value of circa $85 million. The industry focuses on providing high quality and high value product to the Australian retail sector and is supported by world-leading researchers. The annual Symposium is the pre-eminent forum for Australian prawn farmers to gain new knowledge, network and meet with service providers, vendors, and scientists.

APFA workshop on international experience with white spot disease.
Date – Thursday 16 March 2017 at Primary Industry Building, Ground Floor, 80 Anne Street, Brisbane.
Visiting expert – Francoise Brenta.
Notice of Workshop

Symposium Presentations 2017

Francois Brenta Presentation
Francois Brenta RIDLEY_APFA_Symposium_Biosecurity 90 Pathogens
Project Sea Dragon Case Study
G Nikolic Rabobank presentation
G Santos & M de Carvalho BIOFLOC presentation
Hook et al CSIRO Pesticides Presentation
Infante Villamil et al JCU Presentation
John Dexter QDAF ADAs presentation
K Kumanan et al Seafarms lab analysis presentation
M de Carvalho Ridley presentation
Nick Moody et al CSIRO AAHL presentation
Robins McIntosh CPF Presentation

Ridley Australian Prawn and Barramundi Farmers Symposium 2016.
Dates 2-3rd August 2016 at Mercure, Townsville.
Program – Draft Program as at 20th July 2016 Program as at 25 July 2016
Sponsorship Prospectus – Prospectus Townsville 2016
Exhibitor Information – Exhibitor Form Aus Prawn & Barramundi and floor plan MercureTownsville_Floor plan
Call for student posters and technicians – Call for student posters and key technicians
Symposium registration link –

Symposium Presentations:
General Meeting 2nd August 2016.
3 Ian Lyall NSW DPI
6 Aaron Irving NAC 5×5
7 ABPFS 2016 TLucas Biosecurity Act
8 APBFS 2016 TLucas Disease Response
10.1 Penaeus monodon mortality syndrome M Landos K Condon
10.2 qPCR analysis of prawn tissues for the detection
11 Australian sustainably farmed prawns presentation Aug2016
11.1 Australian sustainably farmed prawns presentation Aug2016
11.2 Sustainably Farmed Prawna and Barra Certification
13 Warren Lewis APFA Strategic Mrktg Plan 16
14 Ewan Colquhoun APFA Conf presentation – 2Aug2016
15 APFA Symposium July 2016 – Broodstock
16 Aaron Irving 5×5
17 Nick Moody AHPND APFA 160801
18 Nick Moody YHV APFA 160801
19 Jerry APFA conference 2016
20 Melony Sellars RNAi APFA Conf_1-2Aug16
21 Melony Sellars ARCHubKnowledgeTechnology_APFA Conf_1&2Aug16
22 Sharon Hook Could modern use pesticides impact prawn hatcheries_final
23 HAB APFA Symp Presentation 2016
24 MBD presentation APFA 2016v3

Symposium Plenary Speakers 3rd August 2016.
3 160803 Australian Prawn Farmers Assoc Conference WWF 2
4 Queensland Dairy Industry-prawn barra
5 Pepe Saya video linkdocx
6 Veronica Papacosta video link
7 Aaron Irving ATAA what does that mean 5×5
9 Ridley ABFA-APFA 2016
10 Biosecurity & evolution of a health program
13 APFA Conference presentation
14 Quyen Banh APFA ABFA 2016
15 Bohorquez CA HAB_final


Ridley Aqua feed Australian Prawn and Barramundi farmers Symposium 2015.
Program – Ridley Prawn and Barramundi Farmers Symposium Program
Dates 30 – 31st July 2015 at Sea World Resort, Gold Coast.
Sponsorship Prospectus – APFA and ABFA Symposium SponsorshipProspectus
Sea World Accommodation booking form Australian Prawn Farmers Association room Booking Form
Registration link click here.
A free harmful algal bloom workshop will be held in conjunction with the Ridley Aqua feed Australian Prawn and Barramundi farmers Symposium 2015 at the Sea World Nara Resort 30-31 July 2015. The workshop is at 10:00 to 12:00 Wednesday 29 July 2015 and is free to any participants of the Symposium. Lunch will be provided after the Workshop.APFA Symp HAB Workshop flyer Apr15
Free Prawn sampling workshop 29th July 2015 (from 1.00pm to 4.00pm) for details please click here APFA Prawn Sampling Workshop pdf FINAL
Numbers are limited for the above two workshops so please register early to avoid disappointment.
Presentations 2015 Symposium:
Ian McGregor – ERGON
MBD 2015 Prawn Association AM 29Jul15
Energetics APFA energy program Version 6b
Tracey Murray – Griffith Hack
Lezel Fouché – Clean Energy Finance
Tom Haigh AFEX
Dr Adam Main Community Engagement – TSGIA
CoOL R Fish Final – Country of Origin Labeling for seafood presented by Rob Fish

Previous Events

Ridley Aqua feed Australian Prawn and Barramundi farmers Symposium 2014

Dates 6-7 August 2014 at Sea World Resort, Gold Coast.

Program 2014
Presentations from the Symposium can be viewed via Dropbox
If a password is required for dropbox – please use APFA2014.

Photos are available here.

APFA General Meeting
Date: 6 August 2014
Proxy Form 2014
Free tour for delegates Gold Coast to Bribie Island Research Facility Friday 8th August
Award nomination form – Sea World 2014 symposium Award Nomination form
Sea World Resort accommodation booking form for APFA

3rd Algae World Australia

Dates: 26-28 Aug 2013
Venue: Stamford Plaza Adelaide
person: Ms. Tan Lee Lin,
: +65-6346 9146

World Aquaculture 2014   7-11  June 2014 
Adelaide Convention Centre
further information about this event, please contact

APFA & ABFA 2013 Conference
Announcing we return to the Palm Cove Novotel Resort 31st July – 1st August 2013.
Media: International Shrimp Doctor to visit Cairns
: No country of origin labelling is fishy business
Registration Link
Prospectus 2013 Sponsorship Prospectus
Award Nomination form Palm Cove 2013 conference Award Nomination form
Summary Program Summary program 2013
Presentations from 2013 can be found here

APFA & ABFA 2012 Conference
Program for web 2 July 2012
APFA R & D Forum Final
Award nominations now open – do you know someone worthy of one of our awards? Nominations close 22nd July…
* Best sustainability initiative
* Recognition for service to the industry for farmed prawns
* Recognition for service to the industry for farmed barramundi
* Best retail use of farmed prawns or farmed barramundi – open to restaurants, retailers, fish & chipperies…
* Most innovative research for the year
* Recognition for contribution to the prawn farmers industry
Palm Cove 2012 conference Award Nomination form

Palm Cove Novotel Resort date claimer August 1 – 2, 2012.
FREE prawn biosecurity workshop to be held 31st July.Facilitated by Dr Matt Landos, please see the attached invitation (note key speakers subject to availability)
31st July 9.00am – 3.00pm Biosecurity workshop.
31st July 3.00pm – 5.00pm Presentation from Brand Council – National Strategy for prawns.
Two free, important and exciting session assured. Do come along….

Respective AGMs August 3, 2012.
Download Sponsorship Prospectus Sponsorship invitation

APFA & ABFA 2011 Conference
Sydney 3- 5th August 2011
2011 Conference Program
Sydney 2011 Speaker bio’s
Registrations please click here
Sydney Conference 2011 Award Nomination Prospectus
Australian Prawn & Barramundi Farmers Annual Award Recipients 2011


Skretting Australasian Aquaculture 2012, 1-4 May 2012. Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

For further details about this event please contact

APFA & ABFA 2010 Conference Gold Coast
4 – 6th August 2010
2010 Program  
Award Winners Gold Coast 2010

APFA & ABFA Ridley Aquafeed Townsville  2009 Conference

Day One (A Zip file of all presentations ~ 150mb)

Day Two  (A Zip file of all presentations ~ 190mb )

Conference 2011

Day 1
Day 2