Welcome to Taiwan Tilapia!
Tilapia has become one of the more popular seafood entrees in the U.S. As total seafood demand increases, and wild catch has reached maximum sustainable yield, aquaculture products have filled the demand. As high quality tilapia products began to appear, its recognition as a quality seafood product has increased in the U.S. In the 1980’s most of the demand was for live fish which were grown in the U.S. In the late 1980’s, whole frozen fish imported from Taiwan began to appear in U.S. markets. During the 1990’s imports of fresh and frozen fillets of tilapia have rapidly increased in volume.
Taiwan continues to be the single largest exporter to the U.S., supplying over 50% of all tilapia products. Mainland China, Thailand and Indonesia are significant exporters to the U.S. as well. Many tilapia producers have begun processing in their home countries, exporting fillets. So far, most fillets from Asia have been supplied frozen, while products from Costa Rica and Jamaica have been sold fresh.
Several of the largest tilapia producers and exporters to the U.S. have jointly funded the Tilapia Marketing Institute (TMI). The TMI has begun a broad ranging program to increase U.S. demand for tilapia products. The Institute is pursuing a generic campaign to increase demand for all product forms of tilapia.
The Taiwan Tilapia Alliance (T2A) is a non-profit and non-government organization established to coordinate and collaborate with national and international tilapia activities and efforts; to promote Taiwan’s tilapia industry to become more environmentally friendly, socially acceptable, economically viable, technically appropriate, and market responsive. The alliance was formed on February 19, 2002.
The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Executive Committee of the T2A are responsible for addressing policy issues and reviewing projects. There are nine committee members who all come from industry representing various fields of farming, processing, and trade. Day to day business is carried out by the T2A Secretariat, hosted by the Institute of Applied Economics, National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan. The duties of the Secretariat include assisting in Executive Committee meetings, publishing the T2A Yearbook, T2A Newsletter, and T2A Membership Directory, maintaining the T2A web site and membership database, facilitating communication and cooperation among alliance members, conducting government funded projects, and other administrative activities. Currently, our members include tilapia breeders, farmers, processors, packers, traders, marketers, feed manufacturers, equipment suppliers, service providers, and researchers of tilapia products in Taiwan.
The mission of the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance (T2A) is to promote competitiveness and profitability of its members by pooling the resources from the industry, government, academia, and research institutes to foster2 cooperation regarding production, product and quality certification, research and development, marketing, and information sharing; to contribute to economic viability and sustainability by providing a mechanism that serves to assimilate and disseminate relevant information, facilitate communications, and coordinate information exchanges among alliance members, governmental agencies, and other domestic and foreign organizations.
Currently, our members include tilapia breeders, farmers, processors, packers, traders, marketers, feed manufacturers, equipment suppliers, service providers, and researchers of tilapia products in Taiwan.