Ecuadorian aquaculture is a true success story and a source of inspiration for many other shrimp producing countries. For local aquaculture to maintain a future oriented vision, both government and industry agree that they cannot depend on this current success alone. This why several academic institutions conduct research into other species that might become increasingly interesting from both an economic and ecological point of view.

Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral

At ESPOL in Guayaquil, the Faculty of Maritime Engineering, Biological, Oceanic and Natural Resources created a degree in Aquaculture Engineering in 1985. With the use of several laboratories, a freshwater fish station and a shrimp larvae laboratory, a thorough educational program is given to meet the industry’s requirements. On a scientific level, various species are investigated with regards to their viability for aquaculture development.