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July 3, 2015


The Return of the Giant Tiger Shrimp


Scientists a the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture in Chennai are closing in on the development of a specific pathogen free (SPF) strain of giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon).  On July 2, 2015, an official with the Marine Products Export Development Authority said, “We are into the sixth generation of SPF tiger shrimpand trial farming in Odisha and Kerala, using bio-secure enclosures, has produced good results.”  He said that commercial-scale farming using genetically-improved tiger shrimp will be developed over the next five years.


Genetically improved white shrimp (P. vannamei) yield 3.5 five metric tons per hectare, and the yield of giant tiger shrimp has already reached three tons per hectare.  Farmers get $4.73 a kilogram for 30-count P. vannamei and the price for tiger shrimp is higher than that.  The SPF tiger shrimp are capable of doubling productivity.


Source: The Hindu.  Black Tiger Shrimp to Become the New Vannamei.  K.A. Martin.  July 3, 2015.

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