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August 8, 2015

Trinidad and Tobago

New, Indoor Shrimp Farming Facility




Over the last few years, the shrimp fishing industry in Trinidad and Tobago has been in a steady decline.  Some of the problems include overfishing, benthic habitat destruction, capture and discarding of juvenile shrimp and fish, incidental catch of sea turtles, conflict between trawling and other fishing methods and loss of revenue.


From 2003 to 2009, there has been a decline in the volume and value of frozen shrimp exported from Trinidad and Tobago and a corresponding increase in imported frozen shrimp.  The Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Food Production reports that the volume of shrimp landed in Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 and 2012 was 1.7 and 1.6 million kilograms, respectively, valued at around $32 million each year.


In 2013, the Seafood Industry Development Company Limited (SIDC) established a marine, recirculating aquaculture system at its company’s headquarters in Charlieville, Chaguanas, in order to produce high-priced, high-value products for local and export markets.


A pilot inland marine shrimp project will determine the technical and commercial feasibility of intensively culturing Penaeus vannamei in a tank-based production system at the SIDC compound.  This project proposes the production of marine shrimp in a sustainable way utilizing recirculating aquaculture systems.


The project will partner with stakeholders and provide them with project management, research, information, training and mentoring.


Current facilities include approximately 560 square meters (6,000 square feet) of covered floor space that house six marine recirculating aquaculture systems (four for production trials), a quarantine room, a live feed production room and a water quality laboratory.  In addition, there are temperature controlled storage areas for feed and an additional 560-square-meter (6,000 square feet) covered shed with tanks.


The quarantine room is used to isolate incoming animals.  Postlarvae are held in quarantine for up to 30 days to ensure they are pathogen free and healthy before being transferred to the growout tanks.  The room is temperature and light controlled.  The holding tanks are on a recirculating system with mechanical and biological filters, ultra-violet water sterilization and a foam fractionator (protein skimmer) to remove very small solids.  The live feed room produces marine algae, rotifers and brine shrimp.


Information: Seafood Industry Development Company Limited (SIDC), #6 Bejucal Extension 1, Uriah Butler Highway, Charlieville, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies (phone 1-868-665-0751, fax 1-868-671-8932, email, webpage


Source: Daily Express.  Indoor Marine Shrimp Facility Launched.  August 7, 2015.

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