Shrimp broodstock

Kona Bay's shrimp genetics

Our shrimp broodstock is world renowned for its high health status and consistent gains. We achieve this through partnerships and collaboration with world-class institutions and organizations in the shrimp industry. Learn more about what makes our products the best in the industry.

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High health status

The most critical limiting factor in shrimp farming is disease. For this reason, Kona Bay begins with an utmost emphasis on shrimp health. To address this challenge, all our facilities are designed and operated with the highest biosecurity standards in mind. To protect our breeding stock from harmful pathogens, our biosecurity program manages the movement of people, equipment, materials, feed, and water. Kona Bay's rigorous surveillance program continuously monitors the health status of stocks at various life stages. Each facility is adapted to local state and federal/national biosecurity regulations overseen by both the Hawaii State Dept. Of Agriculture (HDOA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure our customers receive healthy, robust products that will thrive well under local conditions.

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Depending on the location, Kona Bay shrimp broodstock are certified as Specific Pathogen Free (SPF), which means they are free of the following OIE listed specific pathogens that can cause disease. These include:

  • WSSV
  • IMNV
  • NHP
  • EHP
  • TSV
  • YHV
  • CMNV
  • NHP-B
  • BP
  • LSNV

To establish the SPF status, any prospective new genetic lines are introduced into the Kona Bay nucleus breeding center only after rigorous primary and secondary quarantine protocols defined by OIE/WOAH (World Organisation for Animal Health) and verified by the HDOA and USDA. Stocks are maintained and propagated under the strictest biosecurity conditions.

Testing in commercial farm conditions

Tank-based grow-out trials within a nucleus breeding facility may not be an accurate reflection of conditions at commercial farms. It is essential for breeding facilities to conduct grow-out trials under commercial conditions. For this reason, Kona Bay stocks are tested at farms overseas to select for overall hardiness and overall performance under commercial field conditions in local environments.

For example, Kona Bay genetic lines are tested in a 20-ha state-of-the-art grow out farm in Kauai, which is certified SPF. Ponds are 0.4 ha, circular, plastic-lined units with aeration, center drains, and seawater supply from deep wells. Shrimps are typically raised to 30-40 g final size with production rates of 10-15 mt/ha. They are sold under our “Kauai Shrimp” brand to premium markets in the US.