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August 28, 2013


New Shrimp Breeding Center Opens in Mexico


ANPLAC, the Mexican shrimp hatchery association, has recently inaugurated a nucleus shrimp breeding center at an inland facility near Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.  The facility consists of a quarantine area where broodstock are individually tested by PCR for four different viruses, a maturation unit, a small hatchery for family culture, and multiple growout tanks.  The facility was partially funded by the Mexican Government and dues paid by participating hatcheries.  In late 2013, first generation offspring will be distributed to hatcheries for the development of their own broodstock.


The breeding center’s founder broodstock, which has a high tolerance to whitespot, were imported from Primo Broodstock in Houston, Texas, USA.  Primo has a three-year contract to provide broodstock to ANPLAC.


Primo Broodstock’s webpage says: Primo Broodstock has unique SPF families that have been selected for up to 12 generations for superior growth and tolerance to most known viral and bacterial diseases.   For breeding purposes, the animals are selected and grouped into families using DNA markers.  The approach that Primo Broodstock has taken towards genetic selection is based on developing animals tolerant to most known viruses and pathogens.  The animals have shown the ability to withstand an infection without signs of the disease.


Information: Ken Gervais, Primo Broodstock, 6737 FM 362, Brookshire, Texas 77437, USA  (phone 1-281-934-8417, email, webpage


Sources: 1. Email to Shrimp News International from Ken Gervais.  Subject: Primo Broodstock and ANPLAC.  August 27, 2013.  2. Primo Broodstock’s Webpage.  Website visit on August 27, 2013.


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