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June 18, 2013


SPF Giant Tiger Broodstock from Madagascar


In 2012, because of crop loses from early mortality syndrome (EMS), Malaysia’s farmed shrimp production, mostly Penaeus vannamei, declined by almost 60% to an estimated 60,000 metric tons a year.


In 1996, Yong Kui Thing, managing director of the Manjung Aquatic Group, got started in shrimp farming with the giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon), a species he really liked, but when the industry shifted to P. vannamei from P. monodon, he found that it was difficult to get high-quality monodon postlarvae, so he switched to vannamei farming.


Now, he is able to get specific pathogen free (SPF), domesticated monodon broodstock from Madagascar and has set up a new hatchery to produce monodon seedstock.  The Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory at the University of Arizona in the United States confirms the SPF status of the broodstock.  The hatchery sells monodon postlarvae (PL-11s) to farms for a little over $11 a thousand.  It arranges for PCR tests (WSSV, IHHNV, TSV and IMNV) at a private laboratory before sending the postlarvae to farmers, a requirement of the Department of Fisheries’ certification program.  Some farms get PL samples from the hatchery and send them to a private lab of their choice before purchasing seedstock.


Source: AQUA Culture AsiaPacific (Editor/Publisher, Zuridah Merican, email  A Renaissance in Black Tiger Shrimp Production with SPF Postlarvae.  Zuridah Merican.  Volume 9, Number 3, Page 30, May/June 2013.


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