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November 12, 2013


Hawaii—Molokai Sea Farms Resumes Broodstock Sales to China


In response to the opportunities presented by the EMS crisis in China, Molokai Sea Farms International, a leading producer of SPF (specific pathogen free) shrimp  (Penaeus vannamei) broodstock, will re-enter the Chinese market in 2014.


In 1999/2000, Molokai Sea Farms sold more than 10,000 pairs of broodstock to China, but then lost the market to broodstock companies that were closer to China like Shrimp Improvement Systems and CP Foods.


Molokai expects to sell 6,000 to 7,000 pairs of broodstock to China in 2014, priced at $80 a pair with a 10% discount.  Molakai also has a base on Hainan Island, China, for supplying seedstock.


Webpage: In addition to dozens of photographs, Molokai Sea Farms’ webpage contained the following information:


“We supply hatcheries worldwide with quality broodstock.  Our knowledgeable staff has been serving customers in over 20 countries for the past 10 years.  Our product has been developed from improved stocks of white shrimp (P. vannamei) originating from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Shrimp Farming Program.  With a 25-year disease free history our site is located on the southwest shore of the island of Molokai, far from development and the population centers.  We offer SPF and SPR P. vannamei broodstock and seedstock.”


“Our shipping specialists will make all the necessary arrangements and provide the documentation required for importation.  A health status report prepared by the State of Hawaii accompanies each shrimp shipment certifying its SPF status.  Our facilities have been subject to rigorous testing by the State of Hawaii’s Aquaculture Disease Prevention Program.  Samples are routinely collected by the program’s licensed veterinarian and tested by histology and PCR at Dr. Donald Lightner’s pathology laboratory at the University of Arizona.  We are routinely tested for WSSV, IHHNV, YHV, IMNV, BP and TSV.”


“We specialize in the production of SPF (Specific Pathogen Free) and SPR (Specific Pathogen Resistant) broodstock.  Our domesticated families of broodstock originated from the SPF/SPR populations of the USDA Marine Shrimp Farming Program at The Oceanic Institute in Hawaii.”


Our facilities have remained free of serious shrimp pathogens since the inception of shrimp operations in 1984.  Molokai Sea Farms International is the longest running aquaculture operation in the State of Hawaii.”


Video: For an aerial view of Molokai Sea Farms, click on the YouTube reference in the third Source below.  You might want to slide the progress indicator ahead to the 3:50-second point because that’s where the views of the farm begin.


Information: Steve Chaikin and Freddrick Poh, Molokai Sea Farms International, P.O. Box 1978, Kaunakakai, HI 96748 USA (phone 1-808-658-3276, fax 1-760-825-8815, email, webpage


Sources: 1. (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Hawaii’s Molokai Shrimp SPF Broodstock Company Re-enters Chinese Market after Absence of Many Years.  November 12, 2013.  2. Molokai Sea Farm’s Website.  November 12, 2013.  3. YouTube.   Exploring the South Shore of Moloka'i.  Joey Latsha.  November 7, 2013.

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