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Prima Larvae Bali teams up with CAT over shrimp breeding programme

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) has announced plans to work with Prima Larvae Bali (PLB), a leading hatchery in eastern Indonesia, to elevate their vannamei shrimp breeding programme.

SPF vannamei shrimp post-larvae

© Prima Larvae Bali

According to CAT, the collaboration should help to “enhance PLB's commitment to delivering biosecure, top-quality post-larvae suited for Indonesia's unique farming landscape, while also introducing cutting-edge genetic technology”.

PLB exclusively produces 100 percent specific pathogen-free (SPF) PLs. Only frozen feeds are used to nurture the shrimp broodstock, and the facility strictly avoids the use of fresh or live feeds.

Leveraging CAT's use of advanced statistical models, both organisations aim to refine the selection of genetic lines for shrimp that grow quickly and thrive in commercial settings. CAT’s approach includes the utilisation of molecular markers and the latest technologies to generate genetically diverse and adaptable lines of shrimp. Their multi-generational selection methods have already demonstrated improvements in both growth rates and survival capabilities in commercial farm conditions.

Henry Wijaya, director at Prima Larvae Bali, shared his excitement about the collaboration, stating in a press release: "Our partnership with CAT is a significant leap forward for PLB and the aquaculture industry in Indonesia. By combining CAT’s robust genetic technologies and selection methodologies with our deep understanding of local needs, we are poised to deliver shrimp post-larvae that are not only fast-growing but also increasingly resilient, generation after generation."

Alejandro Gutierrez, director of breeding at CAT, added: "We are thrilled to bring our scientific expertise to the table in this collaboration with PLB. By merging CAT's advanced statistical modelling and molecular techniques with PLB's local industry insights, we aim to produce shrimp lines that are not just fast-growing but are adapted to the unique conditions of Indonesian aquaculture. This is science and local knowledge coming together to make a real impact.

“By offering farmers access to genetically superior shrimp lines, PLB is making a significant contribution to the sustainability and productivity of Indonesia’s shrimp production.”