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Dutch diversify into shrimp genetics

Rob Fletcher
Rob Fletcher
24 October 2017, at 4:13pm

Hendrix Genetics has completed a deal with Integrated Aquaculture International LLC (iAqua) to participate in the breeding and production of shrimp for the global industry.

IAI is an aquaculture technology company on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Its breeding centre produces genetically-improved Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) broodstock under the Kona Bay brand – accounting for 10 percent of the world’s broodstock of this species. It will soon launch its line of specific pathogen-free (SPF) black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon).

IAI accounts for 10 percent of the world's L. vannamei broodstock
IAI accounts for 10 percent of the world's L. vannamei broodstock

The participation by the Dutch firm will accelerate iAqua’s shrimp breeding program by introducing the former’s advanced genetic and genomic technologies. The deal will also provide the capital necessary for the development of state-of-the-art breeding facilities for both shrimp species in Kauai, as well as the development of model hatcheries for the production of quality post-larvae in key market regions around the world. In addition, a comprehensive program for specific disease resistance will be implemented to further enhance the quality of Kona Bay broodstock.

Hendrix Genetics already supplies Atlantic salmon eggs and smolts, rainbow trout eggs, as well as cutting-edge genetic services to the international aquaculture industry, including the development of QTLs and genomic selection in salmonid species. This is its first entry into warm water species.

Neil Manchester, Managing Director Aquaculture of Hendrix Genetics, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to partner with some of the world’s leading experts in shrimp breeding, and with a genetic brand that already has a global reputation and significant market share.”

George Chamberlain, Managing Director of iAqua, added: “The world-class expertise of Hendrix Genetics is crucial for the long-term competitiveness of Kona Bay, and the core values personified by the Hendrix Genetics management set the stage for our combined team to thrive for the benefit of shrimp farmers, consumers, and the environment."