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June 13, 2014

Australia

Unleashing the Tiger

   

 

On June 13, the Australian Government announced that James Cook University will help establish the world’s largest giant tiger shrimp farm.  The project, titled Unleashing the Tiger, will receive over $4.7 million over five years to develop the most advanced selective breeding program ever for Penaeus monodon.  It will include participants from:

 

The University of Sydney

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

The Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF)

Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (Ghent, Belgium)

•  The shrimp farming company Seafarm Group, Ltd.

 

The project’s Chief Investigator is Professor Dean Jerry, Head of Aquaculture and Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at James Cook University’s School of Marine and Tropical Biology.  Unleashing the Tiger will develop and implement advanced genetic animal breeding technologies to produce shrimp that grow faster, are disease tolerant and attractive to buyers.

 

Information: Professor Dean Jerry, Head of Aquaculture and Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture, James Cook University, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia (phone 07-4781-5586, email dean.jerry@jcu.edu.au).

 

Source: James Cook University Australia.  JCU Helping Produce World’s Most Efficiently and Sustainably Farmed Prawn.  JCU Media Liaison, Caroline Kaurila (phone 07-4781-4586).  Photo Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).  June 13, 2014.

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