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December 4, 2013


Camanica, One of the Largest Shrimp Farming

Operation in Latin America


Roberto Ferron, General Manager of Camanica (owned by Pescanova), reports:


Camanica is a vertically integration semi-intensive shrimp farm with 3,500 hectares of ponds, a broodstock facility capable of producing 90,000 broodstock a year, a nauplii facility capable of producing 100 million nauplii a day, a hatchery capable producing 600 million postlarvae a month and a processing plant capable of handling 180 metric tons a day.


Its larvae are used on all of Pescanova’s farms in Central America, and they perform well in both semi-intensive and intensive ponds.  Developed from a local strain of Penaeus vannamei, they are called “Larvanica”.  Under maximum biosecurity, Camanica owns and operates a PCR laboratory and breeding center 20 kilometers from the coast that works with biofloc and zero water exchange.  The larvae are certified specific pathogen free.


Certified by IFS, GLOBAL GAP and ISO, Camanica hopes to produce 10,000 metric tons of shrimp, worth over $75 million, in 2013.


In November 2013, Camanica conducted a Larvanica workshop attended by over 180 attendees from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico.  At the workshop, Camanica describe all the protocols and procedures that it has developed over the past 15 years.  Other topics included: multi-phase culture, EMS/AHPND, diseases diagnosis, nutrition, specific free pathogen animals, certification and traceability.


Information: Roberto Ferron, Camanica, Kilometer 130 Carretera León-Chinandega, Chinandega, Nicaragua (phone +500-234-29000, extension 1306, email, webpage


Source:  Email to Shrimp News International from Roberto Ferron.  Subject: Article Camanica.  December 3, 2013.

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