Ecuador-style" model for shrimp farming

Ecuador-style" model for shrimp farming

Currently, 60 percent of shrimp production in Central America comes from just two countries – Honduras and Nicaragua – which both have coastlines on the gulf.

 

“Honduras has 24,000 hectares under cultivation and produced 53,491 metric tons [MT] in 2021, and Nicaragua has 17,500 hectares and produced 30,000 MT in that year,” SeaJoy CEO Ismael Wong said.

Regionally, shrimp are grown in large ponds ranging from 15 to 30 hectares, with a low stocking density of 8 to 10 animals per square meter. Production volumes range from 1,500 to 2,500 pounds per hectare per crop. This results in a low average yield across all farms of just 2 MT per hectare per year.

 

There are more gains to be made in efficiency, primarily through the introduction of new technology, Wong said. Production increased by around 15 to 20 percent in both countries last year where technification was introduced, but much more is needed if the industry is to thrive and be competitive in the international marketplace,” he said. “Some farms are following the example of Ecuador, building deeper partitioned ponds and using aeration to increase oxygen levels, and they are doing well.” By introducing greater technification in the “Ecuador style,” Wong predicted SeaJoy can almost double production by 2028.

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