While shrimp and prawn production still represent the highest volumes in Thailand, an increasing number of farms started to diversify into other species. Private hatcheries and nurseries now supply the market with weaned fry for species such as barramundi and sea bass.
Boonsawang Co. in Chonburi, owned by Suthi Mahalao, also exports fry to Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and Israel. In addition, Suthi runs his own sea bass farm and is a feed distributor to farms in the province.
Diversifying into species such as sea bass opens up great opportunities as a commercially interesting alternative to shrimp. But local farmers need guidance on how to seize this kind of opportunities.
Owner Boonsawang Co.
More than 50 freshwater fish species are cultured throughout Thailand. Among these species approximately 50 percent are indigenous.
From tiger shrimp to white shrimp
White Shrimp today represents more then 90 percent of the national marine shrimp production and around 40 percent of the total brackish water aquaculture production in Thailand.
97% ponds and fields
Over 97 percent of Thailand’s aquaculture activity consists of ponds and paddy-fields. The remainder comprises dammed-up ditches, swampy areas and cage culture systems.
EDUCATING LOCAL FARMERS IN EFFECTIVE FEED PROTOCOLS
On top of running his own seabass hatchery and farm, Mr Suthi Mahalao, advises local farmers in his area on how to benefit from the added value of INVE products and protocols.
SUPPLYING OVER 100 LOCAL FEED STORES
In Vietnam, Mr. Ho Van Trai, owner of Ngoc Trai Co., plays an important role as the main importer and distributor of INVE Aquaculture products.
ECONOMIES OF SCALE IN SHRIMP PRODUCTION
Viet-Uc, run by entrepreneur Van Thanh Luong, has set up the world’s largest shrimp hatchery producing 15 billion of postlarvae annually.
THE LARGEST FRESH WATER AVAILABILITY IN THE WORLD
Almost 12% of the world’s fresh water supply is held in the river basins of Brazil. A new generation of entrepreneurs uses this opportunity to develop the production of tilapia fish.
TRAINING LOCAL PEOPLE INTO A KNOWLEDGEABLE WORKFORCE
The Bomar Pescados shrimp farms in the north east of Brazil employ over 500 people. One of the key success factors is the on-the-job training of a skilled workforce.
BETTER SURVIVAL AND LARGER PL
The Fitmar shrimp hatchery in Mazatlan, Mexico, works closely with INVE Aquaculture to optimize nutrition and health protocols. This is results in larger post larvae and better survival.
99% SURVIVAL IN FRESHWATER HATCHERY
Although tilapia is a relatively new species as far as professionalized hatching is concerned, Peixe Vivo achieves impressive results based on rigorous methods and techniques.
TOTAL INTEGRATION AND AUTOMATION
Nordic Halibut installed a 360° quality control system including environmental studies, water quality monitoring and automated feeding technologies.
INVESTING IN THE FISH PRODUCTION OF TOMORROW
As global seafood consumption increases and consumers demand safer and more traceable produce, Philosofish by Bitsakos decided to invest in the professionalization of their farming activities.