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Wanted—Penaeus Indicus Broodstock



On October 13, 2006, Udaya Ram Jothy ( posted to the Shrimp List:


For a client in Yemen, we are looking for suppliers of Penaeus indicus broodstock in the Middle East.


Tolentino Geovanni ( Try contacting the following companies:




3. Hatchery Manager:


Glen Bieber ( Do you have any interest in using disease-free East African broodstock? They work well for us in Oman. There are lots of experts on P. indicus in Iran, and they are close to you. Follow this link Whoops, I just followed that link, but I could not find anything in English, maybe you could contact them and they could connect you to other experts.


Udaya Ram Jothy (who posed the original request): Good to hear the various comments. Yemen does have indicus broodstock, but my client has tried it and found that it did not perform well in his hatchery. No one wants to import infected broodstock, so it’s important that my client gets disease-free broodstock. Here’s some information that I received off-list:


M.E. Esmaeili ( Iran was hit by whitespot because of carelessness. We now have strong quarantine polices and the shrimp farming industry is doing well. We can’t say that viruses are not here, but we see no signs of them. All our broodstock is from the east coast and quite clean. The National Prawn Company in Saudi Arabia does not sell broodstock. A company named Almarjan has indicus broodstock for sale in Yemen.


Udaya Ram Jothy: Do you have a contact at Almarjan? I don’t know if my client is aware of them.


John Ixyne (, in another off-list email): Iran is infected with whitespot. Exporting Iranian broodstock to Yemen would be very dangerous. I would like to remind members of the Shrimp List that importing broodstock from areas where viral diseases are present is not safe and not a responsible way of doing business.


Morteza Heraji (, in another off-list email): In Iran, we work exclusively with indicus. Please tell me how many you need, at which stage and when.


Finally, responding on the Shrimp List, Hervé Lucien-Brun ( Indicus is one of the easiest shrimp to work with in the hatchery. I suggest that you analyze why your client’s local strain of indicus does not perform well before you consider importing broodstock from another country.


Ninety percent of the shrimp disease transfers between countries have occurred because of PL and broodstock transfers. No certified disease-free indicus postlarvae or broodstock exists!


Since you have access to broodstock from the Red Sea, the Aden Gulf and the Arabian Sea, you should be able to find some clean animals for broodstock.


No one wins in the import lottery. If your client wants to develop a sustainable and profitable business, he must select broodstock from the Yemen coast and then initiate a domestication program. There’s no other way.


Source: The Shrimp List (a mailing list for shrimp farmers, Subject: [shrimp] P. indicus broodstock. October 13–15, 2006.

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