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March 15, 2014

United States

Hawaii—Shrimp Improvement Systems, Expansion


  Left to Right—Kenneth Tay, Director Sales and Marketing at SIS; Dr. Harris Wright, Director Research and Development at SIS, Joe Tabrah, President of SIS Hawaii; Kumu Keala Ching, Executive Director of Nā Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation; Barbara Dalton, West Hawaii Representative of the Governor; Dr. Dean Akiyama, Managing Director SIS and Il Phin, Financial Director, SIS.  


On March 7, 2014, Shrimp Improvement Systems Hawaii (SISH) welcomed more than 70 guests to the dedication of its Hawaii Vannamei Nucleus Breeding Center.  Local government and aquaculture representatives joined SISH president Joe Tabrah, his staff and senior management representatives from the Shrimp Improvement Systems Group (SIS) at the opening ceremonies.


Located at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) in Kona-Kailua, on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Hawaii Vannamei Nucleus Breeding Center is a $10 million investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure.  It includes more than 92,000 square feet under roof at two sites that cover 6.6 acres and house a maturation hatchery, nursery, two 5,000-square-foot evaluated raceways and an effluent treatment facility.




SISH is part of Singapore-headquartered Shrimp Improvement Systems Group, Pte., Ltd., the world’s largest supplier of selectively bred, specific pathogen free (SPF) shrimp, with breeding operations in Hawaii, Florida, Singapore and India.  About 40 per cent of shrimp broodstock sold by SIS comes from the Hawaii breeding center.


For the past 15 years, SIS conducted all its Penaeus vannamei selective breeding activities in Florida.  SISH president, Joe Tabrah, said that now all breeding activities will be consolidated Hawaii.  The new facilities will allow SIS to:


• Broaden the scope of its breeding program to select for more commercially desirable traits

• Improve breeding efficiency by accommodating improved generation intervals

• Provide for replicated trials for growth and other traits

• Provide improved performance data as a basis for selective breeding decisions


“The NELHA location has no endemic shrimp viruses and a strictly enforced biosecurity policy”, Tabrah said.  “It also offers more stable environmental conditions and avoids the high risk of hurricanes that we faced in the Florida Keys”.


In addition to the commercial production of P. vannamei broodstock, SISH continues to invest more than $1.5 million a year into the selective breeding of P. monodon, with the expectation that this stock will be ready within the next two to three years.  SISH has also recently developed an SPF stock of Pacific blue shrimp (P. stylirostris), which is also being selectively bred.


Source: (a free, online newsletter about the feeds used in fish and shellfish farming).  Editor, Suzi Fraser Dominy (  SIS Expands With Hawaii Vannamei Nucleus Breeding Center.  Issue 10, Volume 14, March 13, 2014.

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