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April 3, 2016


Letter from Patricio Tamariz to Harvey and Amber Persyn


In response to Harvey and Amber Persyn’s chapter on the  “History and Pioneers in Commercial Shrimp Culture in the Americas” that appeared in a new book on shrimp and prawn farming, Patricio Tamariz, contacted the Persyn’s with some additional information on the history of shrimp farming in Ecuador:


Dear Harvey and Amber,


First of all, I would like to congratulate you for your fine chapter on the history of commercial shrimp farming in Latin America!


Now 55 years old, I was born in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador, in 1960, and moved to the United States at about two years of age, but due to my fathers illness (he was at the Bethesda National Institute for two years without diagnosis), we moved back to Ecuador in about 1974, where I was a student in the international program at the American School.  In the early 1980s, I returned to the United States to study aquaculture at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)—choosing aquaculture because my mother had been involved in Ecuadorian shrimp farming since 1976.


My dad Patricio Tamariz has since passed away.  He was credited with the idea of starting shrimp farming on the central and northern coast of Ecuador, particularly in Manabi Province.  I want to share something with you that he told me before he died.


We had lived in Miami for many years, and he used to get visits from family members all the time.  Around 1968, my uncle Joaquin Tamariz, a very well off entrepreneur, visited us after he had a meeting with members of the Laniado family.  My father was also at that meeting, and he told me that they had discussed the idea of pearl farming.  After the meeting, they brought Japanese technicians to Ecuador to study the possibility of getting into the pearl farming business.  When they finished their study, they discovered large numbers of shrimp larvae in the offshore waters and decided to switch from pearl culture to shrimp farming.


One of the Laniado family members in Machala (El Oro Province, southern Ecuador) closed off a small estero (tidal creek) to see if it could produce market-size shrimp.  He got favorable results, which started the shrimp farming industry around Machala.  My Uncle Joaquin later became partners with Rodrigo Laniado and did very well although he passed away in the mid 1980s.  He was an incredible person and loved by all.  He drowned when his jeep turned over on a shrimp pond dyke and pinned him to the bottom of a pond.  He had been a sport fisherman, pilot, thrill seeker and all around fun guy and a good businessman.


My father took the idea of shrimp farming to Manabi Province in the mid 1970s, and in 1976 my mother Flor Maria Dueñas became the first woman in Ecuador (and probably in Latin America) to get into shrimp farming.  She was also the first woman in the world to get an organic certification for shrimp farming, and my cousin, Cesar Ruperti, created the first organic shrimp farming protocol, which was taken up by Naturland and used by the rest of the world.  We planted more than 15,000 mangroves on the farm, and now my mother owns 120 hectares there.


After college, I started to work with my mother on her shrimp farm, but then I left to become one of the first exporters of fresh and pasteurized crabmeat from Ecuador.  Also I became vice minister of tourism and worked for four different governments.  Now I’m back to work on the shrimp farm, which is full of challenges.  My mother is now 83 years old, and just this morning, she transferred a couple of million juveniles to second-phase growout ponds!  She loves her job!


Information: Patricio Tamariz D.—Skype: tamarizp, Email, Mobile (from USA and Canada) 011-593999171935, Mobile (within Ecuador) 0999171935, Webpage, Office Phone (international) 593-52-690257, (Within Ecuador) 052690257.


Source: Email to Shrimp News International.  From: Patricio Tamariz.  Subject: Congratulations [to Harvey and Amber Persyn].  April 2, 2016.

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