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Growing the Best Broodstock Feeds on Site


Paul Palmer, a senior biologist at Agri-Science Queensland, said that significant commercial quantities of polychaete worms have been successfully grown at three shrimp farms in Queensland with outstanding results.  He said: “Research trials were initially designed to explore the value of worms in sand filters, and while these results were excellent, further farm benefits have also been discovered.  The worms are grown using otherwise wasted nutrients from pond discharge systems.  They help the sand filters function by clearing the captured organic debris and stopping blockages.”


The worms can be harvested from the sand filters and sold as a cash crop or used as a high-quality feed for shrimp broodstock!


Information: Commercial application of polychaete sand filters for wastewater remediation and broodstock feeds.


Information: Aquaculture.  Short Communication/Polychaete-Assisted Sand Filters.  Paul J. Palmer (Bribie Island Research Centre, PO Box 2066, Woorim, Queensland 4507, Australia, phone +61-7-3400-2050, email  Volume 306, Issues 1-4, Pages 369-377, August 2010.


Source: GROWfish (Gippsland Aquaculture Industry Network, Inc., or GAIN).  GROWfish eNewsletter (  Successful On-Farm Worm Trials.  October 20, 2010.


Long Delays in Getting Products Cleared for Export


Despite the Government’s purchase of a second round of equipment for diagnosing shrimp viruses, exporters still have long waits for test results.


Mohammad Amin Ullah, managing director Ark Sea Food, Ltd., said, “We send our shrimp samples for laboratory test and it takes around 18 to 20 days to get report.  But normally it should take only five to seven days after installation of new machineries.  ...Sometimes it takes 25 to 30 days if there are any problems in the machineries.  For that, we fail to make shipment on time, incur financial loss and the delay creates a negative impression among buyers.”


In August 2010, the Department of Fisheries installed a second machine to test for viruses at its Fish Inspection and Quality Control (FIQC) lab in Dhaka.


Mohammad Manik Mia, FIQC officer in-charge at the lab, said, “We have two LC-MS/MS machines in our lab.  The older one is HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) and new one is ULPC (Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography).  At this moment we are operating the old one, but not the new one.  ...At a time, we can test maximum 100 samples of shrimp as samples are coming from across the country.  For different types of tests we have to use different methods, chemicals and accessories.”


“To operate the new machine, we need standard chemical and accessories.  These products come from abroad as per the government procurement rules, which is a lengthy procedure and sometimes it could not ensure the quality for the sensitive machine.  Due to all these procedures, it takes 18 to 20 days to prepare test reports.”  He expressed the hope that both machines might be in operation by the end of October 2010.


Fore information on a much faster testing technique being developed in Thailand, click here.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Bangladeshi Shrimp Exporters often Waiting 18-20 Days for Government Residue Test Certificates.  Ken Coons (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  October 12, 2010.


4,000 Acres of Shrimp Ponds Inundated in Satkhira


On the night of October 23, 2010, at least 10 villages in Satkhira District were inundated when an embankment collapsed on the Mirganj River.  Over 5,000 people were marooned on batches of high ground.  Over 4,000 acres of shrimp ponds were inundated.


Source: The Daily Star.  10 Satkhira Villages Flooded as Dyke Collapses.  October 26, 2010.


Ceará’s “State-of-Origin” Program


The State of Ceará, located on Brazil’s northeast coast, ranks second to the state of Rio Grande do Norte in shrimp production.  The 32 farms that are members of the Ceará Association of Shrimp Farmers and authorities at the Institute of Industrial Property have developed a “state-of-origin” program to certify and market the state’s shrimp.


Of the estimated 30,000 tons of shrimp that will be produced in Ceará in 2010, about 8,000 tons will receive the new certification.  Only 10 percent of shrimp produced on state farms is marketed locally.  The rest goes to the population centers in southern Brazil.


Source: FIS United States.  Certification of Origin for Shrimp from Ceará.  Analia Murias (  October 27, 2010.


Contract Farming of Penaeus stylirostris


On October 22, 2010, Koperasi PERDA (a cooperative) signed a memorandum of understanding with M&G Sustainable Aquaculture to develop the technology and systems for an intensive Penaeus stylirostris farm.  Awg Suni Hj Sulaiman, chairman Koperasi PERDA, and Mukhriz Mangsor, manager of M&G, signed the agreement, under which M&G, in collaboration with TransGlobal Aquaventure, will train the management and staff for the project, and, through a contract farming arrangement, it will buy back all the farm’s production at a predetermined price.


The project will get started in 2011.  Once all the feasibility studies and verification and prototype systems have been completed by M&G, several units of the intensive system, projected to produce up to 40 metric tons of shrimp a year, will be built on PERDA’s land.  It will be the first intensive shrimp farm in the country and the first to produce for the export market.


Information: M&G Sustainable Aquaculture (No. 5 Simpang 76, Kg. Manggis Dua, Jalan Muara, Bandar Seri Begawan BC3515, Brunei Darussalam, webpage


Source:  Co-Op Inks Deal to Produce 25-40 Tonnes of Shrimp a Year.  Waleed PD Mahdini.  October 23, 2010.


To Become a Net Importer of Seafood in 2011?


At the recent GAA Global Aquaculture Leadership Conference in Malaysia, GAA asked Ragnar Tveteras of the University of Stavanger in Norway, to answer this question: When will China become a net importer of seafood for its own consumption?


John Sackton, editor of, who attended the conference, wrote:


I think the whole room was shocked when Ragnar displayed a graphic showing that in terms of product volume, China would become a net importer of seafood in 2011, meaning that imports will surpass exports.


Other notable items from the meeting were acknowledgment by Chinese officials and some working in China that Chinese shrimp production will be down by about 15% this year due to an unexplained virus and hot weather that weakened the shrimp and caused many ponds to die.  China has a huge domestic market for shrimp, and any hint of a shortfall would spur some buying in the USA shrimp market.


About a Year Ago, Dr. Stephen Newman, an Aquaculture Certification Council inspector and a shrimp-farming consultant, forecast the changing situation in China.  Newman said: “Even though China is producing between 500,000 and 1,000,000 metric tons of shrimp a year, I think it will eventually become a net importer of shrimp just to feed its huge population.  The economic growth there is phenomenal.  The middle class is burgeoning, now more than 300 million, about the same size as the entire population of the United States.  If just that population consumed two kilos per capita of shrimp a year, that’s 600,000 metric tons.”


Information: Stephen G. Newman, Ph.D., AquaInTech, Inc., 6722 162nd Place SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037 USA (phone 1-425-787-5218, mobile 1-425-239-7682, fax 1-425-741-0857, email, webpage


Sources: 1. (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  GAA Has Best Meeting in Years in Malaysia, Returns to Its Roots, Promoting Responsible Aquaculture.  John Sackton.  October 20, 2010.  2. Shrimp News International.  Steve Newman on Asian Shrimp Farming/“China May Become a Net Importer of Shrimp”.  November 6, 2009.


Hairy Crabs Sold from Vending Machines


The Huffington Post reports that in the city of Nanjing there is a 24-hour vending machine that dispenses “live” hairy crabs.  The owner says the crabs are maintained at 5° Celsius, cold enough to immobilize them.  If a dead one slides down the delivery tube, the machine guarantees three free crabs, but it’s not clear how that transaction works.  The price is reported to be about 30 percent less than the prevailing street price for “hairies”.


Sources: 1. (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Vending Machine in Nanjing, China Dispenses Live Hairy Crabs.  Ken Coons (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  October 22, 2010.


Can You Peel Shrimp in a Vacuum?


Royal Greenland, the world’s largest supplier of cold water shrimp, has signed a trial collaboration with KM Fish Machinery, a manufacturer of fish processing equipment, for the development of a patented, environmentally friendly shrimp peeling technique that uses a vacuum to peel shrimp.  The project received funding of $650 thousand from the Danish Renewal Fund, which backs research on technology that has not made any significant changes in the past 60 years.


Royal Greenland is also investigating the possibility of contract shrimp farming in Vietnam.


Information: Patrick Wood, Royal Greenland A/S, Hellebarden 7, DK-9230 Svenstrup J, Denmark (phone +34-639-584-975, fax +45-98-15-44-35, email, webpage


Information: Flemming Knudsen, Royal Greenland A/S, Hellebarden 7, DK-9230 Svenstrup J, Denmark (phone +45-98-15-44-00, fax +45-98-15-44-35, email, webpage


Information: K.M. Fish Machinery A/S, Falkevej 11 – 17, DK - 9352 Dybvad, Denmark (phone +45 98 86 46 33, fax +45 98 86 46 77, email, webpage under construction, but there’s some information there).


Source: FIS United States.  New Patented Prawn Peeling Technology.  Analia Murias (  October 24, 2010.


Troubled Shrimp Farm Forecasts Revenues of $1 Billion by 2015


CP Prima, the largest shrimp farm in the world, estimates that its revenues will fall by 13.65 percent to $653 million in 2010, versus $756.1 million in 2009.


But—in 2011—CP Prima expects revenues to jump by 25 percent to $819.2 million, and by 2015, it forecasts revenues of over $1 billion!


In its latest move, CP Prima is attempting to coax investors into extending the due date on an overdue bond payment.


 Source: FIS United States.  CP Prima’s Revenues to Drop By 13.6 Pc.  Natalia Real (  October 21, 2010.


Red Lobster, The Darden Group and Darden Aquafarm, Inc.


On October 24, 2010, Darden Aquafarm, Inc., a subsidiary of the Darden Group of restaurants that includes Red Lobster, expressed the desire to develop a shrimp-farming project on a large island off the northern tip of Sabah, East Malaysia.  Bill Herzig, Chief Executive Officer of Darden Aquafarm, Inc., said, its first projects will be implemented in collaboration with the Yayasan Sabah Group (a Sabah foundation dedicated to education, economic development and aid during natural disasters).  Tan Sri Datu Khalil Datu Jamalul, director of Yayasan Sabah, said he is proud to be selected as a business partner by Darden Aquafarm, Inc., adding, “We’ve talked...[about]...rearing lobsters....”!


Source:  U.S. Companies Develop Prawn Farming in Malaysia.  Toreksulong.  October 24, 2010.


Shrimp Exports to the USA Generate 340 Million


Following the recertification of wild-caught shrimp for export to the United States, the head of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca), Ramon Corral Avila, estimated that shrimp exports to the USA market will add up to $340 million to the Mexican economy this year.  The USA market represents 86 percent of Mexico’s shrimp exports and generates 30,000 jobs in Mexico.


Source: FIS United StatesShrimp Exports to U.S. Generate USD 340 Million.  Analia Murias (  October 20, 2010.

Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune Interviews Dr. Rajitha Senaratne


The Asian Tribune asked Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Fisheries: are doing to make use of the sea resources around Sri Lanka?  Where are you going to allow shrimp farming?


Dr. Rajitha Senaratne: We are allowing shrimp farming in parts of the huge lagoon system that surrounds Batticaloa.  Earlier, Sam Thambimuthu [interesting story!] pioneered shrimp farming in Sri Lanka.  He had about 900 acres in Batticaloa and now his son has come forward.  I have approved 500 acres for shrimp farming in Batticaloa.


Source: Asian Tribune.  Ramanathapuram Fishermen Society Representatives Are Welcome: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Fisheries Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.  K.T. Rajasingham.  October 24, 2010.


Thailand’s Richest Man Has Shrimp Farms in His Portfolio


Dhanin Chearavanont, owner of Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group, which owns shrimp feed mills, hatcheries, farms and processing plants all over Asia, is the richest man in Thailand, with a net worth of $7 billion, according to Forbes magazine (USA).  Thailand’s top 40 richest people are worth $36.5 billion, 46 percent more than in 2009, thanks to a booming stock market and despite the political unrest and violence experienced in the country in 2009.  Dhanin’s wealth rose by $4 billion over the past year.


Source:  CP Group’s Dhanin Chearavanont, Richest Thai, Forbes Reports.  Volume-10, Issue-40, October 21, 2010.

United States

Utah—The Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative


The Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative was organized in 2006 and is an affiliation of 13 member companies that hold 68 of the 79 state permits for Great Salt Lake brine shrimp harvesting.  Two other independent companies hold the remaining permits.


The cooperative pays around $12,000 every year to the state for each permit.  In addition, brine shrimp harvesters pay a royalty on their total “raw harvest”.


Source: The Leader.  The Great Salt Lake.  Ellen Cook.  October 19, 2010.

United States

Washington DC—Judge Upholds Dumping Ruling


On October 22, 2010, the National Fisheries Institute, an organization of companies in the seafood business, announced that the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York ruled that U.S. Customs and Border Protection unfairly targeted U.S. shrimp importers with its enhanced bonding requirement (EBR).


This month’s ruling stems from a lawsuit NFI brought in 2005 on behalf of 27 of its shrimp-importing members.  In August 2009, the judge determined that Customs “arbitrarily and capriciously” singled out USA shrimp importers and that they had incurred “irreparable harm as a result of the continued unlawful and discriminatory application” of the bonds.


Customs—the government’s No. 2 revenue-generating agency after the Internal Revenue Service—adopted the EBR in mid-2004 to prevent importers from avoiding duties on shrimp.  Consequently, shrimp importers went from paying a $50,000 bond annually to a bond totaling hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars, money that gets tied up for a year or more.


Following this month’s ruling, Customs has 60 days to cancel all of the bonds or appeal the verdict.  Once the bonds are canceled, the plaintiffs will be able to ask that surety companies release their collateral.


John Connelly, President of NFI, said, “Customs now has the chance to do the right thing and act quickly to implement the Court’s decision.  This case has dragged on for nearly five years and this ruling is as definitive as it gets.”


Source:  Editor, Steven Hedlund (  U.S. Judge Upholds Shrimp-Bond Ruling.  October 25, 2010.

United States

Washington DC—FDA Wants Certified Food Safety Managers in Restaurants


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages food retail establishments nationwide to have a certified food safety manager on staff to maintain food safety standards.


FDA will also encourage regulatory bodies to initiate measures that require restaurants to have food safety managers.


The announcement comes in the wake of an FDA trend analysis report that suggests that certified food safety managers at restaurants and other food retailers might significantly benefit food safety compliance levels. FDA completed its trend analysis report between 1998 and 2008, evaluating more than 800 restaurants.  Restaurants were examined for five risk factors, including food from unsafe sources, bad personal hygiene, inadequate cooking, improper holding of food (based on both time and temperature) and contaminated food surfaces and equipment.


Don Kraemer, deputy director of operations at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, says, “The report that covers the 2008 data does suggest that facilities that have a certified food protection manager on site have generally greater compliance with the control of the number of risk factors.”


The FDA report found that fast food restaurants had 77.8 percent compliance among 42 food safety items in 2008.  The industry had 73.7 percent compliance in 1998.


Kraemer says many states already require a certified food safety manager at food retail establishments.  For operations that are not required to have such a manager, Kraemer says the incentives to have one are still obvious.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  FDA Wants a Certified Food Safety Manager on Site at Restaurants.  Sam Oches.  Ken Coons (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  October 25, 2010.


Sea Cucumbers, Great Video!


Dr. Dave Mills, who works for the WorldFish Centre, an international scientific body that aims to reduce poverty, believes sea cucumbers could be used to clean up the bottoms of shrimp ponds.  He says, “They have this ability to eat organic material out of the sediments, so this is beneficial for the ponds because you don’t get this horrible build-up of organic material and the farmers can just put the sea cucumbers in the ponds and they don’t have to feed them.”


After a decade of research, a government-owned hatchery north of the city of Nha Trang (south central coast) is producing reliable batches of sea cucumber juveniles.


Mills says adult sea cucumbers can fetch more than $200 a kilogram when dried.


“There’s a small number of farmers involved,” Mills said.  “At the moment, there’s around 15, between a couple of provinces in central Vietnam.  Some of them have been involved for up to five years; those farmers have been quite successful.  ...There’s quite a high demand for juvenile sea cucumbers to grow in ponds now.”


Tran Van Huu, a 30-year veteran of the shrimp industry, has taken up sea cucumber farming...recently.  Instead of replacing the shrimp, which provide a nice profit, he has decided to farm both.  “Sea cucumbers eat the waste from shrimp and clean the sediment, so if we have one crop of sea cucumbers and then one crop of shrimp, we’ll definitely make a profit,” he said.


Mills and local researcher Nguyen Dinh Quang Duy are testing a polyculture of sea cucumbers and shrimp, but they’ve run into a little problem.  Mills said, “When the shrimp get very big, they will physically attack the sea cucumbers....  We had low survival and low growth rates.”


The Video: If you have any interest in how sea cucumbers might help the shrimp farming industry, I highly recommend that you watch the 13-minute video (link below in Source 2) on this project.  It covers hatchery and farming developments and the polyculture and rotation of sea cucumbers with shrimp.


Sources: 1. ABC News.  Sea Cucumbers Offer Hope for Shrimp Farmers.  Kerry Staight.  October 22, 2010.  2. YouTube.  On the Fish Farm.  October 24, 2010.  3. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, October 28, 2010.

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