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May 2, 2014

 

Mexico

Gran Kino Expects to Increase Survival Rate by 28% in 2014

 

Gran Kino, a shrimp farm in the state of Sonora, expects to increase the survival rate of its shrimp by 28% in 2014, thanks to a comprehensive strategy that counteracts the devastating effects of early mortality syndrome (EMS).  Gran Kino thinks it can increase the survival rate of its shrimp from 63.5% in 2013 to 81% in 2014, and forecasts production of 625 metric tons, up 38% over last year’s production of 450 tons.

 

Its comprehensive strategy to overcome the effects EMS was developed by scientists and specialists in health and marine biology at Vipra, a private company, after three years of scientific research and tests run in, at least, 100 hectares of ponds.  Vipra has applied for a patent on its system, which involves the use of a consortium of beneficial bacteria and other products to combat Vibrio parahaemolyticus, the bacterium that causes EMS.

 

In 2013, Gran Kino and Vipra achieved a survival rate of 77% during the first crop of the year with shrimp sizes between 10 and 12 grams and a survival rate of 50% during the second crop of the year with sizes between 18 and 33 grams.

 

Vipra’s Anselmo Miranda, said, “During research, a consortium of native beneficial bacteria was isolated, which in addition with other experimental products allowed to abate Vibrio in both water and sediment as well as shrimp.” ...Compared to most farms in the state of Sonora and northwestern Mexico, [Gran Kino] was one of the few companies able to make profits in both harvest seasons.”

 

Marco Cesar Aviles, manager of Gran Kino, said average production of shrimp in Sonora in 2013 was 300 kilos per hectare, while Gran Kino produced six times that amount, 1.8 metric tons per hectare from 250 hectares of ponds.  Gran Kino’s sales totaled $3.9 million in 2013 from exporting whole, 115-count-per-kilo shrimp to the United States for $8.77 a kilo.

 

Source: Undercurrent News.  Editor, Tom Seaman (undercurrent@undercurrentnews.com). Mexican Shrimp Producer to Increase Survival Rate by 28% on Back of Scientific Research.  Alicia Villegas (alicia.villegas@undercurrentnews.com).  May 1, 2014.

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