Project to ‘revolutionize’ shrimp sector affected by white spot

Harvesting farmed shrimp. (Photo- University of Arizona)

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) announced, through the Superintendence of Rio Grande do Norte, an unprecedented result in shrimp farming: the possibility to develop cost-effectively this crustacean in an area affected by white spot disease.

Brazil’s government hopes that this discovery will revolutionize the shrimp farming sector and will return the profitability lost by the presence of this viral disease.

As reported by the MPA, a pilot project developed by the firm Camanor Produtos Marinhos allowed verifying, through a new model of sustainable production, it is possible to increase productivity and quality in an environment where there is white spot virus.

To the Ministry’ Superintendent of Fisheries, Abraão Lincoln Junior, it is “great news”.

“These results are being accompanied by the MPA, and are aimed at recovering the strength, large-scale production, quality and environmental friendliness of the Brazilian shrimp production. That’s sustainability,” he said.

Lincoln Junior explained that MPA authorities are optimistic about the recovery of the sector during 2014. He noted that these results could generate optimism and sensitivity in institutions that provide credit to the sector.

“We will also take up space in our exports” to Europe and the US, he added.

The company implemented deep changes in concepts and in the production system.

The objectives were achieved gradually: the productive capacity was multiplied and nurseries contact with external environments was zeroed.

“We are raising shrimp with high density and reducing to zero nursery contact with external environments,” said fisheries engineer Luiz Peregrino, company’s technical superintendent and project’s ideologist.

The specialist emphasized that water is 100 per cent treated and reused.

In his view, this experiment will revolutionize shrimp farming and will make it possible for the shrimp processing industry to be supplied with excellent quality shrimp.

Last November, the average yield was 10,222 kg per hectare, while in December a production of 12,432 kg/ha was recorded, and in January 17,775 kg/ha were reached, the MPA stated.

Meanwhile, Werner Jost, founder director of Camanor, said that the result “is unprecedented in Brazil, at production scale,” which is a great motivation to keep moving forward.

For 30 years, Camanor has been a pioneer in the development of technologies for shrimp production in Rio Grande do Norte, and the leading exporter of this crustacean.

Camanor invested in this pilot project BRL 500,000 (US$211,550) per hectare.

Jost is confident in that in the medium and long term Brazil will be again a shrimp export leader.

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