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Marine Genetics Builds Vannamei Hatchery


Myanmar is set to increase farmed shrimp production dramatically.  Kyaw Tun Myint, president of the Myanmar Shrimp Association, said, “We are about to start sustainable shrimp farming with the help of a firm from the United States.”


Currently, giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) are the most popular farmed shrimp in Myanmar, but Kyaw Tun Myint believes white shrimp (P. vannamei) will soon replace giant tigers.  He said we will start farming white shrimp this year.  If we are successful, it may reduce Myanmar’s trade deficit by up to 25 percent, thanks to a potential surge in shrimp exports!


The shrimp farmers will be using the latest technology from Hawaii-based Marine Genetics LLC, headed by Dr. Jim Wyban.


As part of Marine Genetics’ support to local shrimp businesses, Wyban with the help of project manager Kelly Morgan recently set up a shrimp hatchery in Myanmar named “Best Burma PL”.


Wyban said there is vast potential to develop export-oriented shrimp farming in Myanmar.  He said the shrimp industry in Myanmar is in a primitive non-technical stage of development similar to that of Thailand 30 years ago.


Wyban said, “I believe there is a...great opportunity here.  We can design things based on all our experiences in designing and developing industrial-scale shrimp hatcheries in Thailand, Vietnam, China and Indonesia.  In the development stage of the industry in Thailand, we made many, many mistakes.  But now we have enough experience so we can skip those mistakes.”


Wyban believes sustainable shrimp farming should be technically feasible, profitable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible, while also exhibiting stable, branded markets.  He recommended farming white shrimp because it is fast growing and disease resistant.


In Myanmar, there are 120,000 hectares of extensive ponds in Rakhine State that stock wild caught postlarvae (PLs).  They produce very low, unreliable volumes, Wyban said.  He said a reliable supply of locally produced, high-quality, specific-pathogen-free PLs is essential for the industry to grow.  Such a supply will encourage farmers to develop their farms using modern technology that can produce large quantities of healthy shrimp suited to the global market.


Wyban projected that Myanmar could export 100,000 metric tons of shrimp worth $1 billion per year in the next five years.  He said the industry could create thousands of quality jobs for rural people and a high-value export commodity.


Best Burma PL projects a future PL market worth $50 million.  As a first step, the firm will provide the latest technology to help local partners farm up to five million white shrimp postlarvae for broodstock in three regions – Yangon, Ayeyarwady and Rakhine.  Farming is expected to commence later this year.

Information: Dr. James Wyban, Marine Genetics LLC, 17-489 Hale Pule Loop, Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760, USA (Phone 1-808-938-2840, Email


Source: The NationBid to Boost Myanmar Shrimp Trade Begins.  Khine Kyaw.  March 6, 2017.

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