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                    Country Reports
Feed Attractants

This study measured the chemo-attractability of nine substances on

1. VDB80 (80%-crude protein dried vegetable biomass)
2. VDB68 (68%-crude protein dried vegetable biomass, plus
glutamate and betaine)
3. CAA (a complex of the amino acids alanine, valine, glycine,
proline, serine and histidine, plus glutamic acid, tyrosine and betaine)
4. CFSP (condensed fish soluble protein)
5. SLM (squid liver meal)
6. BET (betaine)
7. DFSLH (low histamine dried fish solubles)
8. DFSHH (high histamine dried fish solubles)
9. WSPH (whole squid protein hydrolysate)

CFSP, CAA, SLM and WSPH stimulated the highest number of
positive responses. Overall, shrimp detected more quickly and spent
more time feeding on the complex of amino acids (CAA) than any
other ingredient. There was a positive relationship between
percentage of CFSP and increased attractability. A combination of
cadaverine and histamine appeared to enhance attractiveness when
combined with some of the other ingredients.

Source: World Aquaculture Society. The CD of the Aqua 2006
Abstracts (Florence, Italy, May 2006). Measure of Feeding
Stimulation of Commercial Attractants for the White Shrimp
Litopenaeus vannamei through Behavioral Bioassays and Ingredient
Chemical Profile. Alberto J.P. Nunes (,
Marcelo V.C. Sá, Felipe F. Andriola-Neto, Gabriela Oliveira and
Daniel Lemos (Instituto de Ciências do Mar, Laboratório de Ração e
Nutrição de Camarão Marinho, Av. da Abolição, 3207 – Meireles
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, 60.165-081). Information: John Cooksey,
World Aquaculture Conference Management, P.O. Box 2302, Valley
Center, CA 92082 USA (phone 760-751-5005, fax 760-751-5003,
email, webpage

SemBioSys Genetics

SemBioSys Genetics, Inc., a public corporation registered in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada, produces high-value proteins from genetically
modified safflower seeds. Its shares are listed on the TSX Venture
Exchange in Toronto under the symbol SBS. For the past two years,
some farms in the state of Washington (USA) have grown the seeds
as an ingredient for shrimp feeds sent to South America. The goal is
to boost the shrimp's immune system and protect them from viruses,
said Rick Keon, a company spokesman.

During the first half of 2007, SemBioSys plans to scale-up the
production of ImmunoSphere™, a shrimp feed additive, and get it
ready for a product launch.

Information: Andrew Baum, President and Chief Executive Officer,
SemBioSys Genetics, Inc., 110-2985 23rd Avenue, Calgary, Alberta
T1Y 7L3, Canada (phone 403-250-5424, fax 403-250-3886, email, webpage

Sources: 1. CNW Group, Ltd. (Canada NewsWire Group, online
news releases). SemBioSys announces 2004 year-end operational
and financial results (
March 15, 2005. 2. Washington farmers raise
modified safflower for drug firm
October 10, 2006. 3. CNW Group. SemBioSys announces third
quarter results
5.html). November 6, 2006.
El Nino

For a long report on shrimp farming and El Niño Click Here.

In its November 9, 2006, monthly report, the USA Climate Prediction
Center continued to forecast El Niño conditions for the remainder of
2006 and the first quarter of 2007. To receive email notifications of
the monthly report, send an email to ncep.list.enso- The next report is scheduled for December 7,
2006. Weekly updates of the report can be viewed at

For a Spanish version of the November 9, 2006 report go to

Information: Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for
Environmental Prediction, NOAA/National Weather Service, Camp
Springs, MD 20746-4304 USA; and NOAA/National Weather Service,
National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Climate Prediction
Center, 5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746 USA.

Sources: 1. Climate Prediction Center
( El Niño/Southern
Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Discussion
dvisory/index.html). November 9, 2006. 2. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp
News International, November 9, 2006.


Global Satria S/B, a shrimp and fish farm in East Malaysia (on the
north coast of Borneo, an island occupied mostly by Indonesia) has
over 350 ponds, 5 hatcheries and 1 processing plant. It plans to start
a project "using photobioreactors for CO2 sequestration". It has a
number of openings for interns. Candidates will be selected to intern
in shrimp farming, fish larvae culture or photobioreactor work.
Internships will last 18 months after which promising candidates may
be offered five-year contracts with the company. Interns should have
Third World experience, a B.Sc. in Marine Biology or Aquaculture and
be willing to work under all weather and field conditions. Salary: $400
[a month ?]. Closing Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2006.

Information: Ung Eng Huan, Chief Technology Officer, Global Satria
S/B Company, Tawau, Malaysia (email, phone
6-019-8615377, webpage

Source: AquaNic (The Aquaculture Network Information Center, a
gateway to the world's electronic aquaculture resources, Jobs Directory
(, in cooperation with the WAS
Employment Service, search on "shrimp"). Internship
( October 10, 2006.

NACA--Spanish Version of Responsible Principles

Encouraged by a group of United Nations agencies and the World
Bank, the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA),
which represents 17 countries across Asia, has prepared a set of
eight principles for responsible shrimp farming. The principles
address issues on location, design, construction, feeding, health and
nutrition. They also set down standards for managing mangroves,
handling food safety issues and sharing a shrimp farm's benefits with
surrounding communities.

Now the principles have been translated into Spanish and will soon
be translated into several other languages. Click her to download the
26-page Spanish version of the principles.

Los Principios Internacionales para el Cultivo Responsable de
Camarón han sido desarrollados por el Consorcio sobre Cultivo de
Camarón y el Ambiente, el cual consiste de la Organización de las
Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO), la Red
de Centros de Acuicultura en Asia y el Pacífico (NACA), el Programa
Global de Acción para la Protección del Ambiente Marino frente a
Actividades Realizadas en Tierra del Programa de las Naciones
Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (UNEP/GPA), el Banco Mundial (WB)
y el Fondo Mundial para la Vida Silvestre (WWF).

For a copy of the principles in English, go to

On November 8, 2006, the principles received a "Green Award" from
the World Bank. The Annual Green Award was instituted in 2001 to
recognize leadership and personal commitment to environmental

Sources: 1. Reuters Alert Net. New shrimp farm rules aim to save
Asian mangroves
Clarence Fernandez. August 22, 2006. 2. Network of Aquaculture
Centers in Asia-Pacific Webpage. Shrimp: Principios Internacionales
para el Cultivo Responsable de Camarón
Posted by koji_Y. November 8, 2006. 3. Network of Aquaculture
Centers in Asia-Pacific Webpage. Shrimp: Green Award recognises
NACA work on shrimp farming
Posted by koji_Y. November 11, 2006.

United States
Hawaii--SPF Shrimp Broodstock Association

Under the leadership of Dee Montgomery-Brock, an independent
contractor employed by The Center for Tropical and Subtropical
Aquaculture at the Oceanic Institute, broodstock suppliers from
around the islands gathered at OI recently and formed the SPF
(specific-pathogen free) Shrimp Broodstock Association, which will
establish standards and codes of practice to enhance and protect the
reputation of SPF shrimp broodstock from Hawaii. The Center for
Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture, a United States Department of
Agriculture program that's headquartered at the Oceanic Institute,
provides funding and support for the new association.

Here are the names of some of the Hawaiian broodstock companies
that have joined the new association:

Kona Bay Marine Resources (Hai Yuan)
Molokai Sea Farms (Steve Chaikin)
High Health Aquaculture (Jim Wyban)
Pacific Aquaculture and Biotechnology (Joe Tabra)

Information: Dee Montgomery-Brock, President, SPF Shrimp
Broodstock Association, The Center for Tropical and Subtropical
Aquaculture, C/O The Oceanic Institute, 41-202 Kalanianaole
Highway, Waimanalo, HI 96795 USA (phone 808-927-0091, fax 808-
259-8395, email, webpage

Sources: 1. Industry Briefs (The newsletter of the United States
Marine Shrimp Farming Program). Paula Bender, Editor and
Webmaster ( Hawai'i Broodstock
Growers Set Standards. V-12, N-4, P-7, October 2006. 2. Telephone
conversation with Dee Montgomery-Brock on November 15, 2006.

United States
Texas--USMSFP, WAS Aquaculture 2007

The United States Marine Shrimp Farming Program (USMSFP) will
sponsor the shrimp sessions at "Aquaculture 2007", a World
Aquaculture Society meeting scheduled for February 26 through
March 2, 2007, in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to sponsoring the
shrimp sessions, Anthony Ostrowski, Ph.D., director of USMSFP,
said USMSFP will host a special reception for the United States
marine shrimp farming industry that will encourage one-on-one
contact with program scientists. Early registration ends January 5,

Information: Anthony Ostrowski, The Oceanic Institute, 41-202
Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo, HI 96795 USA (phone 808-259-
3109, fax 808-259-3121, email,

Information: John Cooksey, World Aquaculture Conference
Management, P.O. Box 2302, Valley Center, CA 92082 USA (phone
760-751-5005, fax 760-751-5003, email,

Source: Industry Briefs (The newsletter of the United States Marine
Shrimp Farming Program). Paula Bender, Editor and Webmaster
( See you at WAS Aquaculture 2007--
Science for Sustainable Aquaculture. V-12, N-4, P-7, October 2006.

United States
Texas--Tentative Program for the Bio-Floc Session at
Aquaculture 2007

At the World Aquaculture Society Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada,
USA (February 15, 2006), a special, all-day session brought people
from around the world together to discuss bio-floc shrimp farming.
They formed a working group within WAS to facilitate
communications among interested parties, gave the technology its
name--"bio-floc" aquaculture--and established a home for the group
at the Agricultural Engineering Society's website
(, click on Bio-Floc Workgroup in
the left hand column).

Dr. Yoram Avnimelech has taken the lead in the bio-floc aquaculture
movement. Yoram is head of the Sea of Galilee Water Shed
Research Unit (Israel), Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of the
Environment, and Dean of the Department of Agricultural Engineering
at Technion (the Israel Institute of Technology), where he holds the
Samuel Gorney Chair. He has done consulting work in Israel, the
United States, South America, Australia and Thailand and has been a
visiting professor in various countries, including Belgium, the United
States, Australia and the Netherlands. He has published more than a
hundred papers in refereed journals, edited four books and trained
many graduate students.

Yoram is putting together the program for the bio-floc session at the
WAS meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA, scheduled for
Wednesday, February 28, 2007. Here's the tentative program. Both
the morning and afternoon sessions will be followed by discussions.

Morning Session

Bio-Floc Technology: Microbial Re-Use Systems (Yoram

Management of Nitrogen Cycling and Microbial Populations in
Bio-Floc-Based Aquaculture Systems (Peter Van Wyk and Yoram

Roselien Crab Added Value of Microbial Life in Flocs (Willy
Verstraete, P. De Schryver and Tom Defoirdt)

Nutritional Issues of Floc (A. Tacon, S. Zimmerman, F. Huerta, H.
Zambrano and L. Conquest)

Impact of Carbon/Nitrogen Balance and Modeling of the Nitrogen
Removal Processes in Microbial-Based Aquaculture Systems
(James M. Ebeling and Michael B. Timmons)

Afternoon Session

Biological Treatment of Wastewaters to Generate Microbial
Flocs for Shrimp Culture (Sebastian Eixler and Hans-Peter

Microbial Aggregation in Natural Systems: Basic Processes and
Practical Implications (D.D. Kuhn, G.D. Boardman, S.R. Craig, E.
McLean and G.J. Flick)

Effect of Solids Concentration on Performance of Indoor Bio-
Floc Mesocosms (John A. Hargreaves and David Wong)
Algal/Bacterial Sedimentation, Degradation and Denitrification
Rates in Suspended Culture Aquaculture Systems (David Brune)

Bio-Floc Dynamics in Super-intensive Shrimp Raceways: The
Good the Bad and the Ugly (John Leffler, Heidi Atwood, Brad
McAbee, Patrick Brown, Steve Morton, Susan Wilde and Craig

Open Pond Production at High Densities (100-150 Pls/Cubic
Meter/Cycle) with Bio-Floc Zero Exchange Systems (Rod McNeil)

Production of Marketable Size Penaeus vannamei in
Greenhouse-Enclosed Raceways Operated with Limited Water
Discharge (John J. Austin, Tzachi M. Samocha, Susmita Patnaik,
Tim C. Morris and Yin Yiu)

Fish Waste Management by Conversion into Heterotrophic
Bacteria Biomass (Oliver Schneider, Vasiliki Sereti, E.H. Eding and
Johan Verreth)

Probiotic Effects of Bio-Floc Technology (Yoram Avnimelech and
I. Bezerano)

Information: Yoram Avnimelech, Professor (Emeritus), Technion,
Israel Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, Haifa, 32000 Israel (phone 972-3-7522406, fax 972-3-
6131669, email

Information: John Cooksey, World Aquaculture Conference
Management, P.O. Box 2302, Valley Center, CA 92082 USA (phone
760-751-5005, fax 760-751-5003, email,

Source: Email and attachments from Yoram Avnimelech on
November 8, 2006.

Shrimp Exports

In the first ten months of 2006, shrimp farms in Ca Mau Province
exported 65,000 metric tons of shrimp, generating $500 million in
revenue. Provincial authorities predict an additional $140 million in
revenue in the final months of 2006.

Source: Vietnam Net Bridge. Quang Ninh aims to attract 4.7mil
tourists/Ca Mau economy driven by large shrimp gains
( November 11,

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