Move to Black Tiger Shrimp in Malaysia

In 1998, Chamberlain joined Monsanto, where he led a project to develop shrimp-breeding systems and soy-based feeds. When the project ended, Chamberlain joined Morrison undertaking a breeding program for P. monodon as part of an integrated production operation in Asia.

The two formed Black Tiger Aquaculture (BTA) in 1999. Although their 880-ha intensive shrimp farm in Malaysia had a history of failures due to WSSV, they turned things around, renovating the processing plant and adding a hatchery, diagnostic lab, quarantine facilities and broodstock ponds.  They also developed in-house feed formulations.

BTA soon embarked on a comprehensive program for development of an SPF line of P. monodon. Donald Lightner, a pre-eminent authority on shrimp diseases, was contracted to assist in diagnostics.  Chris Howell, an expert in breeding and hatchery management, was hired to manage the hatchery program. Using broodstock from Mozambique, increased hatchery and farm performance, and produced F2 breeding lines of SPF P. monodon.

BTA postlarvae soon gained a reputation of high performance and stimulated strong demand throughout Malaysia.   In 2004, when Malaysia was not assigned tariffs in the U.S. shrimp antidumping action, it became an attractive farming location. The Black Tiger operation was sold to Grobest in September of that year.

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