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July 27, 2015


Kerala—SPF Tigers and a New Vannamei Hatchery




In the state of Kerala, shrimp farmers can look forward to the availability of specific pathogen-free (SPF) giant tiger shrimp (P. monodon) seedstock and to Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies’ (KUFOS) new P. vannamei hatchery.


Farming of giant tiger shrimp in Kerala was virtually abandoned in the early 1990s after the rampant spread of whitespot disease, but now SPF black tiger shrimp postlarvae are available from the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture in the state of Andhra Pradesh.


The P. vannamei hatchery will have the capacity to produce two million postlarvae a year.  At first, the hatchery will be used for the university’s purposes and by farmers associated with the university.  The university also plans to extend vannamei farming to 11 more 1,000-square-meter ponds.  Postlarvae will be stocked at several densities to find the stocking density that produces the best yields.


Farming operations are expected to start in mid-September 2015 and around 11,000 metric tons of vannamei are expected to be harvested from the ponds.


KUFOS has been cooperating closely with the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture on vannamei farming.  Feed developed by scientists at the Institute will be used at KUFOS’ farming operations.


Source: The Hindu.  Happy Days Ahead for Shrimp Farmers.  K.A. Martin.  July 27, 2015.

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