Luis Alvarado produces 500 million larvae per year in the area of Punta Carnero, sector La Diablica. Remember how genetics was key to the shrimp coming out of the devastation caused by the white spot virus. But there is much to be done to improve in the current times.
have changed, “although our lipenaeus vannamei reproducers, who come from
a closed cycle, tolerant to diseases spread around the world after the year
2000, today in Asia there are animals that grow 0.5 grams per day. We have to
improve, “says Alvarado to Diario EXPRESO.
new genetics has touched the doors of Ecuador: Hendrix Genetics (The
Netherlands), Nutreco (with the aquaculture division Skretting) and
Ecuacultivos, will invest to modernize the Macrobío laboratory to a
“state-of-the-art production facility” and thus develop a program of
world-class shrimp farming, locally. “
larviculturists believe that Hendrix will bring technology from Hawaii
(breeders). This company not only specializes in shrimp, but in turkeys, pigs,
salmon, trout and guinea fowl.
van den Berg, CEO of Hendrix Genetics, is excited about this new partnership.
“After our entry into shrimp farming in 2017, we have put all our efforts
into developing the Kona Bay shrimp breeding program. This is an important
development to access one of the main markets, “he says.
believes that Ecuador must have a “larva país”, which is formed by
the union of all laboratories, including those of large companies such as Santa
Priscila and Omarsa, and whose process is financed by the Ecuadorian State.
Vera, aquaculture specialist, talks about the importance of genetics for a
shrimp industry that generates more than 3,100 million dollars a year in more
than 200,000 hectares.
approximately 300 laboratories that exist in Ecuador, not all registered,
66,000 million larvae leave each year, using an annual average of 300,000
larvae sown per hectare.
Ecuador, companies such as Acuagen, Lobo Marino, Semacua and Macrobío have
their own genetic lines.
together the world leaders in genetics and nutritional technology, with
first-class local production operations, is the combination best positioned to
deliver value and efficiency to the Ecuadorian industry,” says Neil
Manchester, managing director of aquaculture at Hendrix Genetics.
Within the aquaculture market in our country, the Pacific white shrimp (vannamei) is the most important aquatic species produced. Volumes have skyrocketed in recent years, placing Ecuador in the third largest producer after China and India. (I)
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