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January 2, 2015

India

Broodstock Shortage

 

The All-India Shrimp Hatcheries’ Association urges the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture to set up multiplication centers to meet the demand for shrimp broodstock and seedstock.  In addition, L. Satyanarain (“Tikku”), president of the Association, said steps should be taken to regularize and regulate unauthorized shrimp hatcheries.   “Otherwise,” he said, “the whole industry will be affected and every one will suffer.”

 

Satyanarain said the number of shrimp hatcheries in East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, recently doubled from 60 to more than 120.  The Coastal Aquaculture Authority of India is attempting to bring all the hatcheries under its regulatory umbrella, he said.

 

Satyanarain said that broodstock was being imported by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, from the states of Florida and Hawaii in the United States and supplied to the hatcheries.  “The quarantine facilities in Chennai at present are sufficient to handle 250,0000...animals per annum only.  With the mushrooming of hatcheries, more than 300,000...[broodstock] would be required.  It has led to a huge demand-supply gap,” he said.  To bridge the deficit, he said, some of farmers and hatcheries were resorting to producing broodstock from local ponds, and that the quality of the seedstock was suffering as a result.  He said that using broodstock from local ponds leads to inbreeding and that some white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) ponds were experiencing viral outbreaks, adding that the outbreaks had not reached serious proportions, but would, if no steps were taken now.

 

Source: Business Line.  Hatcheries Seek Shrimp Seed Multiplication Centres.  CH. R.S Sarma (email sarma.rs@thehindu.co.in).  January 1, 2015.

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