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April 9, 2015


Shrimp Farming on the Island of Sulawesi




The farming of giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) was initiated on the island of Sulawesi in the 1990’s.  According to statistics from Indonesia’s Department of Aquaculture, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, 15,000 metric tons of tiger shrimp were produced in south Sulawesi in 1996 and 60,428 tons were produced in 2013.  The farming of Pacific white shrimp (P. vannamei) has been increasing, mainly in central, south and west Sulawesi, contributing 29,408 tons in 2013.


Sulawesi’s distance from the feed mills and markets on the main island of Java results in higher shrimp feed costs and lower prices for harvested shrimp.  Feed prices might be $0.16 higher per kilo and shrimp prices might be $0.48 to $0.80 lower per kilo.  Recently, there has been a re-emergence of shrimp farming on Sulawesi as a result of the late 2012 rise in shrimp prices.


Source: AQUA Culture AsiaPacific (Editor/Publisher, Zuridah Merican, email  Super-Intensive Shrimp Farming in West Sulawesi.  Poh Yong Thong (email  Volume 11, Number 2, Page 8, March/April 2015.

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