Shrimp industry has a new artemia nauplii laboratory

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 11:05

Ecuador: This advance in the shrimp sector has been made

with the technology of the I&V BIO brand and Codemet. The inauguration of the laboratory was held at the Artemia Development and Production Center, in San Pablo, Santa Elena.

Codemet representative told that artemia cysts before being imported to Ecuador are processed at the I&V BIO technology center in Belgium and exported to the country.

He explained that this is due to the fact that the regulation requires that it be previously sent to a laboratory approved by the World Organization for Animal Health to analyze that they are free of disease.

He indicated that in previous processes there was a risk that bacteria bloom rapidly during hatching, being  difficult to control, among other issues.

Minister of Foreign Trade said that this model of artemia production is an innovation for the shrimp sector, a market that moves at least USD 3.5 billion in exports and sustains at least 260 000 jobs .

“We have doubled shrimp production in the last five years. And we want it to increase with private investment, with the quality it offers,” said the minister.

In turn, Vice President indicated that this is an important change, since the shrimp production process is complex in terms of climate and costs, among other factors.

"Now the shrimp industry produces five times more; there has been a crisis, but now there are many opportunities in this sector," he explained, and he congratulated each of the members of the production process.

The ceremony was attended by businessmen and collaborators in several areas, including specialists in the adaptation of hatcheries, biologists and others.

"This type of product will allow laboratories to follow strict biosafety protocols, freeing them from the burden of hatching artemia cysts under conditions that are often not optimal," said the businessman.

José Carlos Peré Idrovo, who runs the laboratory, highlighted that the product is processed with a strict safety protocol that entails being able to deliver to customers a final product free of vibrio and bacteria with live nauplii in suspended animation.

He added that this technology is also used in countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and India.

In the coming months, it is expected to increase to 50 additional tanks in that laboratory to supply more shrimp larva farming centers from the Emerald coast to Santa Elena.

Currently, these centers have a monthy production of  approximately 5000 million larvae and they could reach 7000 million per month according to the managers of the center.

Source: FIS (El Universo)

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