White shrimp revival as farms established in Visayas

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
15 October 2007, at 1:00am

PHILIPPINES - The Department of Agriculture has established three accredited hatcheries in the Visayas to breed and produce the Peneaus vannamei or Pacific white shrimp as part of the agency's to revive the country's once-robust shrimp industry.

DA said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources the two hatcheries are located in Iloilo, Cebu and Bohol and owned by Malou Jamandre, Dodo Allegre and Mar Uy, respectively.

In Pangasinan, the BFAR facility is being used as the central hatchery of white shrimp. The DA has been successful so far in experimenting in the culture of vannamei in freshwater.

BFAR Director Malcolm Sarmiento said as part of the strict measures allowing only pathogen-free broodstocks of vannamei to enter the country, they have limited breeders only from Honolulu and Florida in the United States.

Sarmiento said that to broaden the country's aquaculture base, they have introduced P. vannamei in the market after subjecting it to a rigid impact risk analysis.

Source: VisayanDailyStar