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The History of Shrimp Farming
in the Western Hemisphere

These reports are in a constant state of revision. If you would like to correct or add information to one of them, contact Bob Rosenberry at bob@shrimpnews.com.

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Jim Heerin: Jim was the president and chairman of Sea Farms International, Inc., the management company for one of the largest (16,000 acres of ponds in Honduras) shrimp farming operations in the Western Hemisphere, for over thirty years.  He got started in shrimp farming in 1966.  Currently, he is Exective Director of the Aquaculture Certification Council, which certifies shrimp farms, hatcheries and processing plants. For the full report, click here.


John Cheshire: Marifarms, Inc., the first industrial-scale shrimp farm in the world (hatchery, impoundments, ponds, feeds, patented technology, government loans, scientists and investors), got started in Florida, USA, in 1968, and went out of business in 1982.  In Memoirs of a Shrimp Farmer, a 200-page, paperback book, John Cheshire, the manager of Marifarms from beginning to end, tells the farm’s story in short, year-by-year chapters interspersed with black-and-white photographs, maps and press clippings. For the full report, click here.


Durwood Dugger: Durwood is a shrimp farming consultant and one of the pioneers of shrimp farming in the Western Hemisphere. He got his first job with shrimp in 1972 and has worked on more than 50 shrimp farming projects in the Western Hemisphere. For the full report, click here.


Russ Allen: Russ is a shrimp farming consultant and president of Seafood Systems, which designs and builds aquaculture facilities.  He started farming shrimp in 1976 in Ecuador.  He says in the early days in Ecuador, “War-like conditions existed between Empacadora Nacional and Empacadora Shayne—Hatfield and McCoy stuff—in boats, at night, just a few degrees south of the equator." For the full report, click here.


Jeff Peterson: Jeff, curently director of quality control at Best Aquaculture Practices, a division of the Global Aquaculture Society (GAA), got started in shrimp farming while attempting to sell a catfish farm at the 1978 World Mariculture Meeting (later to become the World Aquaculture Society) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where he bumped into an old college pal, Ed Scura (currently the head of Shrimp Improvement Systems), who, at the time, was starting a freshwater prawn farm in Hawaii, USA.   For the full report, click here.


Scott Horton: Most recently, Scott was production manager in the Mexico in the states of Sinaloa and Sonora for Grupo Acuicola Mexicano (GAM), the largest integrated shrimp farm in the country.   He was also head of technical support for GAM.  Currently, he is doing shrimp farming consulting out of Los Mochis, Mexico.  For the full report, click here.


Henry Clifford: Henry is vice president of marketing and sales at Aqua Bounty Technologies, Inc., a public biotechnology company focused on the development and marketing of health and therapeutic products for shrimp culture.  He got started in shrimp farming in 1979.  Later his consulting company, a partnership with Harvey Persyn, industrialized shrimp farming in Brazil and promoted the idea of domesticating shrimp broodstock in recirculating systems.  His company introduced P. vannamei to Brazil.  For the full report, click here.


Larry Drazba: Larry is manager of Camanica, S.A., a 700-hectare, semi-intensive shrimp farm and processing plant in  Nicaragua.  He got started in 1980, farming freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) in Mexico, and over the last 25 years has experienced many of the harsh ups and downs associated with shrimp farming. For the full report, click here.


Roberto Chamorro: Roberto’s history in shrimp farming started in 1980, after completing university studies in Fisheries Engineering at the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Brazil, with a degree in aquaculture.  He currently manages a 1,200-hectare shrimp farm in Panama. For the full report, click here.


Bolivar Martinez: In 1991, “Boli” started fishing shrimp broodstock for Agromarina de Panama’s hatchery in Panama.  In 1993, he started Farallon Aquaculture, which today is one of the largest shrimp hatchery operations in Latin America. For the full report, click here.


Linda Thornton: In 1979, Linda started her shrimp farming career at the King James project, the first recirculating shrimp farm in the United States.  Then she went to Belize where she has worked on shrimp farms for the last 26 years.  Currently, she manages Aqua Mar, a 1,000-acre shrimp farm in Belize, and owns her own 100-acre extensive shrimp farm.  For the full report, click here.


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