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Integrated Aquaculture International Acquires Kona Bay Marine Resources


A subsidiary of Integrated Aquaculture International, LLC (IAI) has purchased a majority interest in Sunrise Capital, Inc., a Hawaiian holding company doing business as Kona Bay Marine Resources.  From its breeding operations on the island of Kauai, Kona Bay exports genetically-selected specific-pathogen-free (SPF) Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei).  In addition, its nearby aquaculture farm, consisting of 48 plastic-lined round ponds and a processing plant, is the largest in Hawaii. 


IAI is an aquaculture technology company which offers products and services in aquatic animal health, genetic selection, hatchery and pond management, nutrition, processing, and marketing.  IAI has developed an SPF line of black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) through a contract with the government of Brunei Darussalam.


George Chamberlain, one of the principals of IAI and now president of Sunrise Capital, Inc., described the businesses of IAI and Kona Bay as complementary in many ways.  “The two companies will mutually benefit through enhanced ability to provide high quality products and services to meet the significant challenges presently facing the shrimp farming industry,” he said.


James Sweeney, manager of Kona Bay, also welcomed the new relationship.  According to Sweeney, “The talented team at IAI will not only help Kona Bay improve its breeding and production operations in Hawaii, but also provide a critical link to clients in Asia and Latin America.”  Sweeney began his career at Japan’s renowned Fujinaga Institute in 1979 and continued at Hawaii’s Oceanic Institute, where he assisted in the development of SPF white shrimp and intensive culture technologies. He has worked at the Kauai-based shrimp facilities since their inception in 1997.  


According to Chamberlain, IAI had already been using Kona Bay broodstock for two years through its clients in Asia.  “We knew their stocks performed well in the field,” said Chamberlain, “but during the transaction, we discovered that they included an unusually rich collection of breeding lines for fast growth and disease resistance.” Other unique advantages are Kona Bay’s unparalleled water quality from deep seawater wells and their intensive ponds, which allow the company to evaluate its lines in on-site commercial trials.


In addition to its existing operations, Kona Bay includes 200 hectares of adjoining land suitable for aquaculture development.  According to Chamberlain: “Access to pristine seawater and year-round growing conditions provide unique capabilities for developing breeding, hatchery, and growout technologies for a variety of high-value marine species.  We welcome collaboration with groups interested in exploring these exciting opportunities.”


Information: For further information about Kona Bay Marine Resources and Integrated Aquaculture International, contact Jim Sweeney (email: james4shrimp@aol.com) or George Chamberlain (email: georgec@integratedaquaculture.com).


Source: Email from George Chamberlain to Shrimp News International on May 28, 2009.



The Global Aquaculture Alliance

Malaysia Considers Adopting GAA’s Standards Countrywide




Recent meetings between the Global Aquaculture Alliance and the Malaysia Department of Fisheries (DOF) have led Malaysian officials to consider adopting GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification as a national program for the country’s shrimp farming industry!


Malaysia’s DOF has been a long-time supporter of the BAP program.  It assisted with a certifier-training course in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, in 2004, and arranged for several DOF staff members to attend the course as observers.


In a mid-March 2009 meeting in Boston, GAA President George Chamberlain and Executive Director Wally Stevens encouraged Dr. Mazuki Hashim of the Malaysia Department of Fisheries (DOF) and Dr. Shah Faiez of Blue Archipelago Berhad to adopt BAP on a nationwide basis.  Blue Archipelago is a new government venture that promotes Malaysia’s seafood industry based on food safety, innovative technology and sustainability.


The Boston meeting was followed by an April 2009 meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where Chamberlain, Mazuki and Shah spoke with Dato Junaidi, Malaysia’s Director General of Fisheries, and members of his staff.  At a meeting with the private sector aquaculture industry, strong support was expressed for BAP and its new food safety principles.  GAA and DOF are now considering mechanisms by which BAP certification could be widely implemented in Malaysia.


Chamberlain said that if Malaysia approves a national BAP program, it could serve as a model for wide adoption of BAP certification in other major shrimp-producing countries, like Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.


Malaysia is also considering the possibility of hosting GAA’s Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) 2010 conference.  If Malaysia were to endorse BAP on a national level, the GOAL meeting would be an excellent avenue to showcase the model program to hundreds of leaders of the global seafood industry.


GAA Getting Closer to a Deal with China


China’s Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Global Aquaculture Alliance have held further discussions about testing the food safety elements of the Best Aquaculture Practices standards at shrimp and tilapia facilities in China.


Wally Stevens, GAA Executive Director, recently met with Yu Taiwei, AQSIQ Director General of Import and Export, to continue discussions that began during GAA’s GOAL 2008 meeting in Qingdao, China, where a top AQSIQ official delivered the keynote address.


GAA has proposed that AQSIQ review details of the current BAP standards, which would be followed by AQSIQ inspectors evaluating existing BAP-certified facilities in China.


Stevens said Yu had a positive reaction to the proposal, saying “China’s reaction to GAA’s proposal was consistent with that country’s new food safety initiatives.”  Those initiatives focus on prevention of food safety problems through early detection and early intervention.


“China is the leading producer of aquaculture products in the world,” Stevens said.  “This is a wonderful example of how our standards can help producing countries with a broad range of issues.”



Aquaculture Certification Council Prepares for FDA Review


The Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC), the program manager for GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices certification, is preparing for a multifaceted review of its certification program by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs.


As part of BAP’s participation in the FDA Voluntary Third-Party Certification Program for Imported Aquacultured Shrimp, a four-member team from FDA will visit the ACC office in Crystal River, Florida, USA, in May 2009, to examine ACC’s records and procedures for BAP certification.


In its “paper audit” of the BAP program, the FDA team will review ACC’s administrative structure, training and performance records, inspection audits and corrective action programs.  Written protocols and quality manuals for field activities, reporting, laboratory procedures and other activities will also be reviewed.


ACC Director of Certification William More and Administrator Betty More will coordinate the FDA visit and schedule follow-up supplier audits of farms and processing plants in Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Indonesia in July and August 2009.


Jeff Peterson, ACC director of quality assurance, will accompany FDA team members and selected inspectors during the field audits.  The FDA staff will “shadow” BAP evaluators during inspections of processing plants and certification reviews of farms.


William More said ACC has been preparing for the FDA review for months.


“I am confident that the depth and scope of the BAP program and the qualifications of ACC personnel will convince FDA that ACC is qualified to assist in moving forward with the pilot program to improve and verify food safety programs in third-world countries,” More said.


Information: Global Aquaculture Alliance, 5661 Telegraph Road, Suite 3A, St. Louis, Missouri 63129, USA (phone 1-314-293-5500, fax 1-314-293-5525, email homeoffice@gaalliance.org, webpage http://www.gaalliance.org).


Source: The Global Aquaculture AllianceBest Aquaculture Practices News.  Malaysia Considers National BAP Program.  BAP Discussions with China Bureau Expand.  ACC Prepares for FDA Audit, Site Inspections.  July 2009.



Country Reports


Eyes Shrimp Project in the Philippines


Mohammed Jailani, a provincial fishery officer in Bahrain, said a Bahraini company has expressed interest in investing $12 million in a shrimp farming project at the Carmen Integrated Aquaculture Park in Davao del Norte, Mindanao.  Jailani said “nothing is official” until the investor files a detailed proposal.  Jailani did not give the company’s name.


Currently, farmers at the aquaculture park grow tilapia (a fish), but the park is also suitable for growing Penaeus vannamei, the species of white shrimp the Bahraini company wants to grow.


The Philippines and Bahrain have begun discussions on a possible agribusiness project in Mindanao covering an initial area of 10,000 hectares expected to create some 20,000 jobs.  Mariz Agbon of the Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation (PADCC) said that Bahraini Minister Hassan Fakhno and officials of the Bahrain-based Nader and Ebrahim S/O Hassan (NEH) and its Philippine partner, AMA Group Holdings Corporation, recently paid a courtesy call on President Gloria Arroyo to relay their intention of investing in Mindanao.


Source: MindanaoTimes.com.  Bahrain Eyes $12-M Shrimp Production in Davao Norte.  May 14, 2009.



Job—Crab Farming Consultant


I need a consultant to help me with mud crab farming.


Source: Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific WebpageSoft Shell Crab Farming.  Polash Khondaker (Polash_Khondaker@yahoo.com).  March 1, 2009.


One Killed, Eleven Hurt in Fight over Shrimp Pond


On May 11, 2009, one man was killed and eleven people were seriously injured when two rival groups fought for the possession of a shrimp pond.


Source: The New Nation.  One Killed, 11 Hurt in Clash over Satkhira Shrimp Enclosure.  May 14, 2009.



Freshwater Shrimp Exports to the European Union Halted for Six Months


Exporters have voluntarily suspended freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) exports to the European Union for six months.


Since January 2009, European inspectors have discovered more than 50 prawn shipments that contain antibiotics (nitrofurans).


Kazi Shahnewaz, acting president of Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA), said, “We have taken decision of not exporting galda (freshwater prawns) to European Union for the next six months.  But we will continue exporting other shrimps to this region.”  The suspension will begin on June 1, 2009.


The move to voluntarily halt exports was a preemptive measure to avoid sanctions, or total suspension, by the EU.


Source: The Daily Express.  Shrimp exports to EU suspended for 6 months.  Sohel Parvez and Quazi Amanullah.  May 20, 2009.



Rains and Floods Cause Shrimp Crop Losses in the Northeast


For the second year in a row, shrimp farmers in northeast Brazil face serious financial problems caused by heavy rains and floods.  A $48.4 million government program will help them pay off some of their debts.  The government will also allow the farmers to postpone debt payments for a year and refinance them when they mature.


As a result of the intense rain and floods, shrimp farmers lost 40 percent of their production, some 8,000 metric tons, worth $38.7 million.


Source: FIS United StatesUSD 48 mln Released for Fishers and Northeast Fish Farmers.  May 13, 2009.



Freshwater Prawns


In central Gujarat, a state in northwest India, 150 freshwater prawn farmers grow at least seven different species of prawns.


Source: IndiaExpress.com.  Freshwater Prawn Farming Evokes Good Response in Central Gujarat.  Anupam Chakravartty.  May 14, 2009.



Tiger Prices Drop by 20%


Prices for shell-on giant tiger tails (Penaeus monodon) at Japan’s Tsukiji Market are down ten to twenty percent from a year ago.  At mass retailers, sales of 8/12 count (44 shrims per 1.8 kg) and 13/15 count (62 shrimp per 1.8 kg) are selling well.  A wholesaler at the Tsukiji Market predicted that the market would stay firm until the middle of August 2009.


A handful of large trading companies do most of the shrimp importing in Japan.  One of them, Maruha Nichiro Holdings, Inc., recently announced that its shrimp trading volume for the year ending in March 2009 was 41,030 metric tons, worth $453 million, down one percent in volume and nine percent in value from 2008.  The unit price per kilo was $11.05, down 6%.


For the current business year ending March 2010, Maruha Nichiro projects it will achieve shrimp sales of $456 million ($419 million from domestic sales and $37 million from foreign sales), which is more or less the same as the previous year.


Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Black Tiger Prices Drop 20 Percent at Tsukiji in Active Trading.  Ken Coons (phone 1-781-861-1441, email kencoons@seafood.com).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  May 19, 2009.



Maruha Nichiro


Due to slumping shrimp prices, Maruha Nichiro’s shrimp farming businesses worsened in the second half of its fiscal year, which ended in March 2009.


Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Maruha Nichiro Posts 19.5 Percent Higher FY Operating Income But Net Profit Falls.  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  May 13, 2009.



Freshwater Prawn Blog


This blog was created to help new freshwater prawn (udang galah) farmers in Johor, Malaysia, get together with suppliers and buyers.


Source: Elmeena Aqua.  Udang Galah Freshwater Prawn Shrimp Blog for a Start Up Farm.  Elmee (elmee75@gmail.com).  May 18, 2009.


Saudi Arabia



We are a fishing family with a 100-hectare shrimp farm on the Red Sea.  We don’t have the expertise to run the shrimp farm, so we’re seeking a foreign partner who could help us.  A feasibility study for the farm and its Google coordinates are available.  Saudi Arabia offers many advantages to shrimp farmers: no taxes, no import/export fees and inexpensive power.


Information: Hussain Aal Sulaiman (phone +966555618911, email h_alsulaiman@hotmail.com).


Source: Email to Shrimp News International from Hussain Aal Sulaiman.  Subject: Shrimp Farm in Saudi Arabia, Red Sea Side.  May 15, 2009.


CP Foods, Profits Up


Net profits at Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), Thailand’s largest agro-industrial and food conglomerate and one of the world’s largest shrimp farmers and processors, soared 71% in the first quarter of 2009, thanks to improving gross margins and lower raw material prices.


On May 13, 2009, CPF reported a net profit of $22.4 million for the first three months of 2009, up from $13.1 million the previous year.


Adirek Sripratak, President and CEO of CPF, attributed the jump in profits to successful production and financial management—and to national and global improvements in the aquaculture business, which appears to be getting back to normal after a one-year slowdown.


“The global financial crisis that started last year has had little impact on CPF’s export revenues because Thailand has received more orders from Japan as a result of the food safety issue in China last year,” said Adirek.  “Also, CPF’s ready-to-eat products such as shrimp wonton, which we started to export last year, have been well accepted in many countries, especially in the United States.”


CP India: In a related development, on May 13, 2009, the company’s board gave a green light for the increase of its investment in Charoen Pokphand (India) Private, Ltd. (CPI), from 71.2% of paid-up shares to 100%.


Source: Bangkok Post.  Agribusiness/CPF’s Q1 Profit up 71% on Fatter Margin, Low Costs.  May 14, 2009.


United Kingdom

Should You Buy Your Gal a Shrimp-Colored Blouse?


Okay guys—I bet you didn’t know this: Marine pinks—crab, coral, prawn and shrimp—are very “in” right now.  But before you buy something “shrimp” for your gal, you better read what this fashion editor had to say about the color shrimp:


“There are three people in the world who look great in shrimp, and I’ll hazard a guess that you’re not one of them.  The same goes for those cousin colors—crab, coral and prawn—all of these marine pinks are very difficult to wear, but are very in at the moment.  Your best bet is to steer a course towards the peripheries of shrimp: at one extreme, try a delicate nude color—flesh, if you will—which carries a hint of pink without leaching your complexion of any sign of life.  Nude summer clothes are particularly effective on brunettes and those very pale blondes who look as if they haven’t been colored in yet.”


Source: DailyMail.co.uk.  Fashion for Life: Scrimp on the Shrimp, girls.  May 18, 2009.

United States

Florida—Red Lobster


Darden Restaurants, which owns Red Lobster, Season’s 52, Capital Grille and Olive Garden, purchases about $800 million in seafood annually.  With the dwindling supply of wild stocks, Darden has turned to farms for catfish, tilapia and shrimp and even helped start a certifying body to ensure that the farms they buy from are not damaging the environment.  Critics contend that letting Darden take a big role in certifying is like letting the fox guard the henhouse.


Source: New Times.  Bad News for Red Lobster: Ocean Running Out of Fish.  Gail Shepherd.  May 13, 2009.


United States

Washington DC—FDA, New Leader of Aquaculture Drug Team


Dr. Jennifer Matysczak is the new leader of the Aquaculture Drug Team in the Division of Therapeutic Drugs for Food Animals in the Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM).


During veterinary school Matysczak did a work-study program in recirculating aquaculture with hybrid striped bass, flounder and shrimp.  Between vet school and CVM, she spent two years in Florida working at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in the heart of the ornamental fish industry.


Information: Jennifer Matysczak, VMD FDA/CVM, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, 7500 Standish Place, HFV-131 Rockville, Maryland 20855, USA (email jennifer.matysczak@fda.hhs.gov, phone 1-240-276-8338, fax 1-240-276-8350).


Information: Cindy L. Burnsteel, DVM Director, Division of Therapeutic Drugs for Food Animals, HFV-130 Center for Veterinary Medicine, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, 7500 Standish Place, Metro Park North II, Rockville, Maryland 20855, USA (email cindy.burnsteel@fda.hhs.gov, phone 1-240-276-8341, fax 1-240-276-8350).


Source: Aquacontacts Mail Group News (USDA).  From: Gary Jensen (gjensen@csrees.usda.gov).  New Appointment at FDA-CVM Related to Aquaculture Drug ApprovalsCindy L. Burnsteel.  May 13, 2009.


Collaborative Shrimp Farming Project with Vietnam


Venezuela is working on a shrimp farming project with Vietnam in the state of Falcon.


Source: SindhToday.com.  Venezuela Uses Vietnamese Method to Boost Rice Harvest.  May 13, 2009.



World Wildlife Fund Promoting Its Best Management Practices in Vietnam


There are an estimated 500,000 shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta, most of them small-scale and operating with limited financial and technical resources.


In several Mekong Delta provinces, including Soc Trang and Ca Mau, WWF is promoting its management practices and the establishment of shrimp farmer groups and cooperatives.


Source: Vietnam News.  Shrimp Farm Co-ops Point Way.  May 13, 2009.



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