City/Region, Brunei

Partnership With Brunei Government

When the principals of iAqua discovered an impressive array of facilities previously devoted to blue shrimp (L. stylirostris) and marine fish in Brunei in 2006, they felt the facilitiesse could be reconfigured to form a state-of-the-art breeding and technology program for P. monodon. In 2007, iAqua and the Department of Fisheries of Brunei Darussalam entered into an agreement to collaboratively breed and produce SPF P. monodon from wild stocks collected off the coast of Brunei.

After the R & D contract was completed in February 2012, the government leased the facilities to iAqua for commercialization of the broodstock and other outputs throughout Asia. The program has successfully produced SPF stocks of P. monodon and developed associated technologies for nutrition and management. Ongoing field trials in ponds indicate these stocks have outstanding growth rates to large sizes with highly efficient feed conversion.

Facilities

  • LabAquatic Animal Health Services Center

    • The diagnostic labs of the Aquatic Animal Health Services Center make the facility one of the most advanced in Asia. The center is is equipped to perform testing for all shrimp diseases using with conventional and real- time PCR, robotic DNA extraction and liquid addition and , automated tissue histology. It has a water quality lab, as well as video microscopy and microbiology testing gear.

  • Primary, Secondary Quarantine

    • iAqua’s primary quarantine facility consists of 12 seawater tanks for spawning and egg hatching. This enables initial screening of wild populations to produce candidate SPF parents. Additional disease- screening tests are performed at each subsequent stage

  • Primary, Secondary Quarantine

    • iAqua’s primary quarantine facility consists of 12 seawater tanks for spawning and egg hatching. This enables initial screening of wild populations to produce candidate SPF parents. Additional disease- screening tests are performed at each subsequent stage

      The secondary quarantine facility is designed to receive newly hatched nauplii from primary quarantine or postlarvae from other sources. It consists of larval rearing, nursery, and juvenile tanks for producing 2- to 4- g juveniles

  • Quarantine Reproduction Facility

    • After adults are conditioned in a specially modified raceway, they are transferred to two indoor, environmentally controlled tanks for maturation and spawning. Only offspring of parents that pass all diagnostic tests during quarantine, growout After adults are conditioneding adults in a specially modified raceway, they are transferred to two indoor, environmentally controlled tanks for maturation and spawning. Only offspring of parents that pass all diagnostic tests during primary and secondary quarantine, growout to adult size, and spawning are considered SPF and eligible for transfer to the Nucleus Breeding Center.

  • Nucleus Breeding Center, Raceways

    • A founder population of SPF P. monodon was derived from 40 wild families collected from Brunei coastal waters. These families are continuously propagated in the biosecure Nucleus Breeding Center. Capacity is available to conduct maturation, spawning, larval rearing, nursery , and growout of 32 families at month intervals.

      Another iAqua facility can ongrow juveniles from secondary quarantine or the Nucleus Breeding Center. It consists of nine, 400-m2 covered and plastic-lined raceways for growout to adult size.

  • Broodstock Growout Ponds, Reproduction Facility

    • Four biosecure 0.25-ha plastic-l lined ponds are used to grow out juvenile P. monodon for use in breeding. The ponds are set up with ozone-disinfected water, concrete walls, lined bottoms, center drains, bird netting, and aeration.

      An indoor maturation, spawning , and hatching facility is also being developed. Upon completion, it will expand the capacity of producing families for breeding and producing nauplii for commercial larval rearing.

  • R & D Growout Ponds

    • The new 5-ha R & D growout module consists of 17 ponds equipped with a variety of advanced systems, including centralized computer controls, automatic feeding, central water treatment mechanical harvest and automated melanosis treatment This module will be produce SPF broodstock for commercial sale and test the performance of various breeding lines under commercial production conditions.

  • Nutrition Research Center

    • Feeding trials to evaluate commercial feeds, ingredients and nutrients are conducted in the Nutrition Research Center in a battery of 40 indoor microcosm tanks designed to replicate the conditions in commercial ponds. In addition, 48 larval tanks are available to test larval diets, and a Y-maze behavioral tank is used to evaluate feeding attractants.

      Over 20 nutrition trials have been completed thus far. Some of the results have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Others are reserved for internal, proprietary use.

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