Hendrix Genetics opens Ecuadorian hatchery

Hendrix Genetics has opened a new shrimp hatchery in Ecuador Photo: Skretting Hendrix Genetics has opened a new shrimp hatchery in Ecuador Photo: Skretting
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Animal breeding and technology company, Hendrix Genetics, is establishing a state-of-the-art shrimp hatchery in Ecuador delivering Pacific whiteleg shrimp post larvae.

The joint venture, in partnership with Nutreco and Ecuacultivos, will take over the existing Macrobio hatchery and will focus on providing local shrimp production with advanced genetics and breeding technology together with nutrition from aquaculture feed company, Skretting.

Antoon van den Berg, chief executive of Hendrix Genetics, is excited about this new venture, stating “after our entry into shrimp breeding in 2017, we have put most effort into developing the Kona Bay shrimp breeding program. This is an important development to gain access to one of the main markets.”

“Our strategy for the coming years is to invest in innovative projects that support sustainable market growth,” said Nutreco chief executive Rob Koremans. “We’re delighted that this partnership will promote the sustainable growth of shrimp farming in Ecuador, a key market for our aquaculture division Skretting.”

Within the aquaculture market in Ecuador, the Pacific whiteleg shrimp is the most important aquatic species produced. Volumes increased significantly in recent years, and Ecuador is now the third largest producer after China and Indonesia. The market for Ecuadorian shrimp has also changed with China new importing around half of Ecuador’s total output.

Skretting Ecuador general manager, Carlos Miranda Illingworth, said: “Through this partnership, we plan to produce a disease-resistant animal to keep the Ecuadorian shrimp industry antibiotic free and with improved growth so farmers can optimise land use and produce more with less.”

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