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March 29, 2013




El Terco Seafood


In 2012, El Terco Seafood produced more pounds of shrimp per hectare than any shrimp farm in the USA and probably more than most farms in Mexico.  Owner of the farm, Alejandro Herrera, lives in McAllen, Texas, USA, and his 9-hectare shrimp farm  (three, 3-hectare ponds) is just across the USA border on his 486-hectare, family farm in Mexico.  He is building another farm in Texas, USA, near Lasara, not far from Raymondville, that should be ready to stock in 2013.  His biologist, Francisco Fierro, supplied the following production figures on El Terco’s 2012 crop:


Getting its postlarvae from Aquapacific in Mazatlan, Mexico, the farm produced 89,358 kilograms of shrimp, averaging 9,929 kilograms per hectare.  After 187 to 190 days of culture (27 weeks), average survivals were 73.66%.  With a feed conversion ratio of 1:1.59, the farm used 141,998 kilograms of 35% protein feed purchased from Vimifos in Mexico.



Information: Granvil Treece, Aquaculture Specialist, Texas A&M University, Sea Grant College Program, Mail Stop 4115, College Station, Texas 77843, USA (phone 979-845-7527, fax 979-845-7525, email, website


Sources: 1. Texas AquaNotes. The Newsletter of the Texas Aquaculture Association.  Editor, Granvil Treece.  Alejandro Herrera’s El Terco Seafood Shrimp Harvest for 2012.  Volume-26, Number-1, Page-5, April 2013.  2. Shrimp News International, March 29, 2012.


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