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iAqua and Hendrix Genetics




Integrated Aquaculture International LLC (iAqua) has completed a deal with Hendrix Genetics to participate in the breeding and production of shrimp broodstock.


iAqua is an aquaculture technology company on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.  Its breeding center produces genetically-improved Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) broodstock under the "Kona Bay" brand, accounting for ten percent of the world’s P. vannamei broodstock.  It will soon launch its line of specific-pathogen-free (SPF), giant tiger shrimp (P. monodon)!  Hendrix Genetics will accelerate iAqua’s breeding program with advanced genetic and genomic technologies.  The deal will also provide the capital necessary for the development of state-of-the-art breeding facilities for both shrimp species in Kauai and the development of model hatcheries for the production of quality postlarvae!  In addition, a comprehensive program for specific disease resistance will be implemented to further enhance the quality of "Kona Bay" broodstock.


Hendrix Genetics already supplies Atlantic salmon eggs and smolts, rainbow trout eggs and cutting-edge genetic services to the international aquaculture industry, including the development of QTLs (Quantitative Trait Loci) and genomic selection in salmonid species.  This deal marks its entry into shrimp farming.


Neil Manchester, Managing Director Aquaculture of Hendrix Genetics, said, “This is an exciting opportunity to partner with some of the world’s leading experts in shrimp breeding and with a genetic brand that already has a global reputation and significant market share.”


George Chamberlain, Managing Director of iAqua, added, “The world-class expertise of Hendrix Genetics is crucial for the long-term competitiveness of 'Kona Bay' and the core values personified by the Hendrix Genetics management set the stage for our combined team to thrive for the benefit of shrimp farmers, consumers and the environment.”


Information: George Chamberlain, Integrated Aquaculture International LLC (iAqua), 5661 Telegraph Road, Suite 3A, St. Louis, Missouri 63129, USA (Email, Phone 1-314-293-550, Fax 1-314-293-5525, Webpage


Information: Neil Manchester, Hendrix Genetics, Spoorstraat 69, 5831 CK Boxmeer, Netherlands (Email, Phone +31-485-801-911 Webpage


Source: The FishSite.  Dutch Diversify Into Shrimp Genetics.  Rob Fletcher.  October 24, 2017.


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