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June 17, 2013


Thai Pacific Aquaculture


Initially set up in Chonburi Province in eastern Thailand, the Samaesan group of shrimp hatcheries is now known as Thai Pacific Aquaculture.  Now, its main facilities are on Phuket Island, on the southwest coast.  Owner Pongsan Sathitsilp (popularly known as Khun Turn) has been in the industry for 25 years, 11 of them in the hatchery business.


Thailand’s shrimp hatcheries only have a few suppliers of Penaeus vannamei broodstock: Shrimp Improvement Systems (SIS) in Florida and Kona Bay Marine Resources and the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii.  Imports from SIS’s facility in Singapore are not allowed.  In addition, two feed companies, Charoen Pokphand (CP) and Gold Coin (formerly Syaqua), supply farmers with postlarvae from hatcheries that use broodstock from family based selection programs.  Prices of broodstock from Florida have increase to more than $80 per animal.


Thai shrimp farms require 60 billion P-10s annually!  Peak demand occurs in March and July/August.  The hatcheries in the southern provinces operate continuously, while those in the northeastern provinces shut down from November to December.


Thai Pacific Aquaculture, one of the top five hatcheries in Thailand, sells PLs for $2.30 per thousand.  Most other hatcheries have higher prices, up to $5.10 per 1,000.


Source: AQUA Culture AsiaPacific (Editor/Publisher, Zuridah Merican, email  Winning Formula in PL Production.  Soraphat Panakorn, Karunithi Muthusamy and Zuridah Merican.  Volume 9, Number 3, Page 8, May/June 2013.


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