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First Blue Shrimp Harvest in Thailand

High Health Aquaculture Supplied the P. stylirostris Broodstock





First Blue Shrimp Harvest in Thailand
Pond size (m2) 3,200
Stocking Material SPF Blue Shrimp PL
Stocking Number (PL) 300,000
Stocking Density (PL/m2) 94
Crop Duration (days) 140
Harvest Size (count/kg) 30
Harvest Size (grams) 33
Growth (g/d) (ADG) 0.24
Total Production (kg) 7,200
Production (mt/ha) 22.5
Food Conversion Ratio 2.23
Price Paid For Shrimp (THB/kg) 250
CropVvalue (THB) 1.8 Million
Crop Value ($) $54,545
Crop Value per HA ($/ha) $163,636
Gross Profit  
Revenue (THB) 1,800,000
Feed Costs (@ 38 THB/kg) 610,128
PL Costs (@ 0.15 THB/PL) 45,000
Gross Profit (THB) 1,144,872
Gross Profit ($) $34,693

Thailand wants to become less dependent on the western white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei, which currently represents more than 99% of its shrimp production.


In January 2010, High Health Aquaculture (Hawaii, USA), which supplies shrimp broodstock to shrimp hatcheries worldwide, shipped some specific-pathogen-free western blue shrimp (Penaeus stylirostris) broodstock to a commercial hatchery in Phuket, Thailand.  The hatchery produced PLs that were stocked in a commercial shrimp pond in Phang-Nga.  That pond was harvested (picture) on September 11, 2010.  Here are the results:


Wyban says, “These results are similar to the results that we got on our farm in Kona, Hawaii.  We have limited numbers of stylirostris broodstock available for sale.”


Information: James Wyban, High Health Aquaculture, Inc., 73-4460 Kaahumanu Highway #117, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740, USA (email, webpage


Source: Email to Shrimp News International from James Wyban at High Health Aquaculture.  Subject: Stylies.  September 16, 2010.



Country Reports


Two Jobs—One for a Shrimp Hatchery Technician, One for a Biologist


1. Assistant Shrimp Hatchery Technician.  Requirements: Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, Fisheries or Marine Science.  No experience necessary.  Job Description: Production of tiger shrimp postlarvae.  Forward résumé in PDF format, including expected salary and present salary.


2. Biologist.  Requirements: Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, Fsheries or Marine Science.  Forward résumé in PDF format.


Closing Date: October 15, 2010.  Information: Taslim Mahmood (email, phone 0-88-0-1818-436930).


Source: AquaNic (The Aquaculture Network Information Center, a gateway to the world’s electronic aquaculture resources).  Jobs Directory in cooperation with the WAS Employment ServiceSearch jobs.  Assistant Technician for Shrimp Hatchery and Biologist.  September 19, 2010.


200 Shrimp Ponds Washed Away



On September 10, 2010, more than 200 fish and shrimp ponds in Bagerhat District, a state/province in southwestern Bangladesh, were washed away when an embankment adjacent to the Bhairab River collapsed.  A tidal surge caused the collapse.


Source: The Daily Star.  200 Shrimp, Fish Enclosures Washed Away in Bagerhat.  September 14, 2010.


Fogo Island Co-Op, 58,000 Metric Tons of Cold Water Shrimp


The Fogo Island Co-Op produces 58,000 metric tons of cold water shrimp (Pandalus borealis) a year.  The fishery operates off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador from the Hopedale Channel to areas southeast of Newfoundland and is currently under full assessment by the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) certification program for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.  An independent certifier is assessing the co-op against MSC’s standards for sustainable fishing.  If successful, products from this fishery will bear the blue MSC Eco-label.


Northern shrimp is a significant commercial species in the Northwest Atlantic and is caught by independent inshore fishing vessels using trawl gear.  The fishery’s main products are shell-off, cooked and peeled shrimp, with ninety percent sold to the European Union and ten percent sold to the United States.  This year through mid-September 2010, overall landings of shrimp for all vessels totaled 58,131 metric tons.


Phil Barnes, speaking for the Fogo Island Co-operative says, “Fisheries have sustained Fogo Island and our independent way of life for generations.  We are 100 percent committed to MSC’s sustainability principles and to satisfying the responsible sourcing requirements of our most discerning cold water shrimp customers.”


Information: Fogo Island Co-Op, P.O. Box 70, Seldom, Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada A0G 3Z0 (phone 1-709-627-3452, fax 1-709-627-3495, email, webpage


Source:  Canadian Shrimp Fishery Enters Full MSC Assessment.  September 20, 2010.


Company Cuts Shrimp Exports to Supply Domestic Demand!


As the middle class grows and demand for seafood increases, the Guangdong Evergreen Group, one of China’s largest integrated aquaculture companies (primarily shrimp and tilapia), is reducing exports of shrimp because of increased domestic demand!


In mid-September 2010, at the World Food Moscow show in Russia, Alpha Ding, sales manager for tilapia and shrimp at Evergreen, told an IntraFish reporter, “We are able to get better prices in China than we are for exports.”


The company has an annual processing capacity of 300,000 metric tons of shrimp and 24,000 metric tons of tilapia in its aquatic products division.


Evergreen—completely integrated (feed mills, hatcheries, farms, processing plants and international marketing)—employs around 7,000 people across all its divisions.  Its total assets reached $380 million last year.  It has 31 subsidiaries and annual sales of over $700 million.


Source: The webpage of Ecuador’s Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura.  Editor, Jorge Tejada (  Shrimp Boom in China Cuts Company’s Exports.  September 16, 2010.


Aquaexpo 2010, October 11–14, 2010



Ecuador’s Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura (the national aquaculture association) will hold its next conference and trade show on October 11–14, 2010.  The Cámara has put together a nifty webpage that provides all the information you need to decide if the conference is for you.  It contains pictures of the speakers, along with short biographies about their careers.  It’s in English and Spanish.  It shows the trade show floor and contains all the information you need to find a hotel and register.


Click on the following link and you will find everything you need to know about the conference


Information: Camila Parra, CENAIM-ESPOL (phone +593-4-2269494 and 2269755, email, webpage and Camara Nacional De Acuicultura (webpage


Source: Email to Shrimp News International from AquaExpo 2010 ( on September 27, 2010.


Colima—Farming Shrimp in Freshwater


In the last five years, the state of Colima has increased the farming of white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) in freshwater ponds.  Yields of 7,000–10,000 kilograms per hectare have been reported.  So far, the freshwater ponds have not been hit with any shrimp viruses.


Source: World Aquaculture (the quarterly magazine of the World Aquaculture Society).  Editor-in-Chief, Robert Stickney.  Yellow Head Disease in an Inland Well Water Culture System for White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei).  Marco A Liñán-Cabello (linanmarco@hotmailcom, Faculty of Marine Sciences, University of Colima, Km. 19.5 Carretera Manzanillo-Barra de Navidad, Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico), Maximiliano Sanchez-Barajas and Alfredo Mena-Herrera.  Volume-41, Number-3, Page-39, September 2010.


Sonora—Farmed Shrimp Production May Drop by 50 Percent, Blame Whitespot


In an email to, Miguel H. Olea, president of COSAES (Committee on Aquatic Health in State of Sonora), forecast a big drop in farmed shrimp production for the state of Sonora in 2010.


As of August 31, 2010, about 15,000 metric tons of shrimp had been harvested in Sonora.  Sizes ranged from 7 to 25 grams.


Recently, colder weather and rain intensified the spread of whitespot, so many farms rushed to harvest their remaining stocks, mostly 24-27 gram shrimp.


While the USA continues the re-inspection of the Mexican shrimp fleets’ use of turtle excluder devices, the Mexican wild shrimp fishery will open soon.  USA inspectors have already finished inspecting the fleet in the Gulf of Mexico, and they are expected to finish inspecting vessels on the West Coast of Mexico by early October 2010.


This means that the earliest the embargo could be lifted would be in mid-October 2010, assuming that the Mexican authorities have taken the necessary steps to correct deficiencies.  In other cases, where de-certifications have occurred, re-inspections have generally been successful.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Sonora Farmed Shrimp Still Expected To Be Down 50% This Year; Embargo on Wild Shrimp May Be Lifted.  John Sackton.  September 21, 2010.


Aquaculture Stewardship Council Appoints Accreditation Services International


On September 15, 2010, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announced the appointment of Accreditation Services International (ASI) as its independent accreditation body.


Philip Smith, CEO of the ASC, said: “We are pleased that we can start working on the implementation of the Global Standards for Responsible Aquaculture in close cooperation with ASI.  ...We are now in a position to set up an independent third-party verification scheme and work with producers and certification bodies to develop robust processes for certification....”


ASI is an independent accreditation body that delivers accreditation and other services to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and other certification bodies worldwide.  Sam Ponder, ASI Managing Director, said, “By including independent third-party accreditation as an oversight process the ASC is demonstrating the maximum credibility and effectiveness of the ASC verification system.”


Information: Dr. Philip Smith, CEO, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Waterstraat 47, 3511 BW Utrecht, P.O. Box 48, 3500 AA Utrecht, The Netherlands (phone +31-30-2363-404, mobile +31-653-154-705, email, webpage


Information: Sam Ponder, Managing Director, Accreditation Services International (phone +44-288-367-6614, email, webpage


Source: Aquaculture Stewardship Council.  Press Release.  The ASC Appoints ASI as Its Accreditation Body/ASC Getting Ready to Manage the International Standards for Responsible Aquaculture.  September 15, 2010.

United States

California—The Shrimp Pimp Truck Uses Farmed Shrimp!


“I’ve been dying to get back into the restaurant business since I moved to California,” confesses Neil Macleod, owner of Shrimp Pimp.  “I’ve kept a close eye on the food trucks for a while and wanted to do something different.  I found my niche by offering delicious high-quality seafood dishes.”


The impossible-to-miss truck can be seen all over Los Angeles dishing out fresh Shrimp and Chips and Drunken Shrimp Tacos.


Shrimp Pimp uses the highest grade sustainable farmed shrimp, sourced from the only imported farm-raised shrimp purveyor recognized as sustainable by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.


Information: Neil Macleod, Shrimp Pimp (phone 1-310-376-7885, email


Sources: 1. Sys-Con Media.  Shrimp Pimp Food Truck Gives L.A. a Piece of the Action! Featured on CBS Rachael Ray Show, Tomorrow.  PR Newswire.  September 20, 2010.  2. Picture.  New Shrimp Pimp Truck is Delicious, According to Lunch’er Sarah.  September 2, 2010.

United States

Louisiana— Only 20 Percent of Shrimp Boats Are Fishing



Questions over seafood safety continue to loom large in the media, said retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the person appointed by President Obama to supervise handling of BP’s runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and the resulting crude oil cleanup.


At a news conference in New Orleans, Allen said: “This is my third day in the Gulf area, and I have eaten seafood every day I’ve been here.  This is the most tested and safest seafood in the world right now.  This seafood is ready for the rest of the world and the rest of the world needs to know that.”


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) head Dr. Jane Lubchenco, with Allen at the time, added that 84 percent of the Gulf is now open to fishing.


But...commercial fishing has not resumed!  Only 20 percent of the shrimp boats are going out compared to last year said Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Board.  Some commercial fishermen simply cannot afford to take their boats out because shrimp prices have dropped so low.  It’s an alarming trend, said Smith, but with the high cost of fuel and other expenses, 80 percent of the shrimp fishermen are unwilling to risk losing money.  And, it’s all because of low prices and the adverse public perception across America about Louisiana seafood as a result of BP’s massive oil spill.


Source: FIS United StatesGulf Fishermen Can’t Afford to Fish.  September 17, 2010.

United States

South Carolina—Megan Kent Wins Award for Shrimp Biofloc Research


At Aquaculture America 2010 in San Diego, Megan Kent, a former College of Charleston graduate student, won the award for the best oral presentation by a student.


Kent recently completed her Master’s degree in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston.  Her thesis focused on the contribution of biofloc to the growth of Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei).  She combined fishmeal-based feeds with concentrates of individual algal species common in biofloc to assess their differential impact on the growth of P. vannamei juveniles.  To assess how individual algal species within biofloc convey nutrition, she immersed juvenile shrimp in monocultures of each alga to determine rates of consumption and digestion.


Kent is currently preparing to begin research at the National Taiwan Ocean University as a National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes fellow.


Source: World Aquaculture (the quarterly magazine of the World Aquaculture Society).  Editor-in-Chief, Robert Stickney.  San Diego Oral Presentation Award Goes to Megan Kent.  Volume-41, Number-3, Page-39, September 2010.

United States

Texas—Job, Associate Director of Fisheries and Mariculture


The University of Texas’ Marine Science Institute invites applications from internationally recognized scientists currently of associate or full professor rank for the position of Associate Director of Fisheries and Mariculture.  The successful candidate will hold a tenured senior faculty appointment in the Department of Marine Science and while Associate Director would hold the Perry R. Bass Endowed Chair in Fisheries and Mariculture.


The Associate Director will be expected to develop an outstanding broad-based research program focused on Gulf of Mexico fisheries and be responsible for:


• managing the Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory personnel and facilities
which occupy 33,000 square feet of buildings on 10 acres of land

• managing the institutional funds appropriated to this program

• raising external funds to initiate new research that involves graduate students

• effectively communicating major regional and national issues in fisheries

and mariculture to the general public

• performing the normal duties of a faculty member including teaching and

university service.


Information: Lee A. Fuiman, Director, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, Texas 78373, USA (phone 1-361-749-6730, fax 1-361-749-6777, email, website


Source: Aquacontacts Mail Group News (USDA).  From: Maxwell Mayeaux (phone 1-202-401-3352, email  Position Announcement.  September 22, 2010.

United States

Washington DC—$26 Million for Gulf Fishermen


The U.S. Commerce Department has announced a $26 million disaster relief fund for the Gulf of Mexico fisheries.  Of the $26 million, $15 million will go to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission to develop a five-year marketing and seafood-testing plan.  Ten million will go towards funding improved scientific assessments of fish populations in the Gulf.


The remaining $1 million will go to the National Academies of Science to study the long-term effects of the oil spill on the Gulf’s ecosystem.


Senator Mary Landrieu, who sits on the Appropriations Committee, said in a statement that the Commerce funding is a “down payment” on efforts to improve the image of Louisiana’s seafood.  But she still urged BP to fund a $173 million seafood safety plan proposed by the state this summer.  “More must be done,” Landrieu said.  “For those of us who call south Louisiana home, we know that a healthy and vibrant seafood industry is a key component of our recovery from this horrible disaster.”


Source: World Fishing and AquacultureGulf Fisheries Get $26 Million for Promotion.  September 20, 2010.

United States

Washington DC—Seafood Safety Legislation


Congress will probably not consider seafood safety legislation until after the November election, and there’s a chance that it could die then.


Source: The New York Times.  Senate Bill Addressing Food Safety Is Stalled.  Gardiner Harris.  September 19, 2010.

United States

Washington DC—FDA Zeroing in on Antibiotics as Prophylactics


Dispersing antibiotics to healthy animals is routine on the large, corporate farms that now dominate American agriculture.  But the practice is increasingly condemned by medical experts who say it contributes to a growing scourge of modern medicine: the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including dangerous E. coli strains that account for millions of bladder infections each year, as well as resistant types of salmonella and other microbes.


Now, after decades of debate, the Food and Drug Administration appears poised to issue its strongest guidelines on animal antibiotics yet, intended to reduce what it calls a clear risk to human health.  The guidelines would end farm uses of the drugs simply to promote faster animal growth and call for tighter oversight by veterinarians.


The agency's final version is expected within months and comes at a time when animal confinement methods, safety monitoring and other aspects of so-called factory farming are also under sharp attack.  The federal proposal has struck a nerve among major livestock producers who argue that a direct link between farms and human illness has not been proven.  The producers are vigorously opposing it even as many medical and health experts call it too timid.


Scores of scientific groups, including the American Medical Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, are calling for even stronger action that would bar most uses of key antibiotics in healthy animals, including use for disease prevention.


Proponents of strong controls note that the European Union barred most non-treatment uses of antibiotics in 2006 and that farmers there have adapted without major costs.  Following a similar path in the United States, they argue, would have barely perceptible effects on consumer prices.


Source: The New York Times.  National Section/U.S.  Zeros in on Pork Producers’ Antibiotics Use.  Erik Eckholm.  P-A13, August 15, 2010.

United States

Washington DC—Federal Trade Commission Adds “Sustainability” to Its List


The landscape for sustainability labels in the USA is about to change.  The Federal Trade Commission is widely expected to release for public comment a new set of FTC rules regarding how a host of environmental claims can be used in advertising.


The current guidelines, which are legally enforceable, regulate how manufacturers use terms such as “recyclable”, “compostable”, “biodegradable”, “eco-safe” and “environmentally friendly”.


The new version of the guidelines will add the word “sustainable” to the list.


These are the first environmental-marketing guidelines in 12 years and could radically reshape how far marketers can go in advertising their products, packaging, or even corporate images, as “green”.


Christopher Cole, an advertising-law specialist and partner with law firm Manatt Phelps and Phillips in Washington, said the rules could render most of the more than 300 environmental seals of approval now used on packaging and products largely useless and possibly in violation of FTC standards.  They could also influence efforts, seemingly stalled, by retailers such as Walmart, to institute a sustainability-rating system for products.


Dick Gutting, a practicing seafood trade lawyer and a former president of the National Fisheries Institute, has done some legal analysis of sustainability claims for seafood.  He says “sustainability” has many definitions, adding that the Monterey Bay Aquarium defines sustainable seafood as “coming from sources, whether fished or farmed, that can maintain or increase production into the long-term without jeopardizing the structure or function of affected ecosystems.”


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  New FTC Rules Could Make Many ‘Sustainability Labels’ Obsolete as “Unfair and Deceptive Advertising”.  John Sackton.  September 20, 2010.


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