Game changers – the movie. Well worth a look at……but what about the whales?

Game changers the movie link here.

While it makes sense to follow the dietary route shown on the film documentary and fish farming gets short thrift there are no discussions on the prawn!

Lest we forget shrimp are not fish. A different narrative is slowly being grown around shrimp to take it to next level in healthy nutritional foods.

The premise of that ‘strong as an Ox’ – and who has seen Ox eat meat. Elephants and Rhinos the same. Yes great and all well and good for land based animals but, guess what, the biggest and most impressive mammal on this planet eats…….well yes shrimp !

Without shrimp one would not have whales.

Looking forward to developing further and seeing how shrimp performs in the protein space. You may be surprised.

Starting with don’t try this at home – until you have genetically reached your growth potential……..and then fine.

Microbiome- altering Alzheimer’s unexpectedly approved in China…marine seaweed derived…

Green Valley Announces NMPA Approval Of Oligomannate For Mild To Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

Imagine the health story possible when shrimp aquaculture moves to algal as protein for raw material.

It is starting slow with fishoil replacements.

Human health – the microbiome.

Usefulness of weekly shrimp portion.

Disease challenges biggest obstacle to India’s shrimp success

India pushing envelope.

….and yet more antibiotics will make matters worse….so that is not answer to disease thank you very much.

Solutions lie in better specific feed and robust seed.

An increased intensification can only succeed with a correct nutritional profiling of feed and water. Any less and consequent stress expresses disease.

Indias path requires developing BT and indicus and, at same time, making sure seed is robust and feed is good quality…

New Scientific Paper Shows Seafood Consumption Critical for Brain Development • Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Makes sense but is the effect compounded over generation one wonders?

More reasons to keep eating shrimp.

Rough start for UK land-based shrimp farm as virus forces cull….sounds more like stress inducing husbandry, handling and logistics followed by clean up……

It says mortality of over 50% on arrival…..sounds like bad handling to prawnmaster. Removing dead is standard practice. Confused with cull?

One does not cull shrimp – a fishy term.

If system is biosecure then no threat of this stress provoked problem reaching outside facility so no need to cull. Just continue growout. Standing at 12% survival currently.

With commercial logistics, systems, feed review.

Three things to note.

So much for biosecurity, OIE and buying from only approved US sources.

Prawnmaster has continuely argued that the US SPF program for vannamei is compromised. Vannamei is not even endemic to that country.

Secondly – why the word “cull”? If there is a risk to a local population then nothing less of total destruction with a zero discharge policy should be in place – but if that were case it would show biosecurity lapse in system. A cull of shrimp in a system is removing dead ones. So with over 50% dying on arrival not really a cull more a clean up is my guess.

Sounds like they need some Prawnmaster advice….

Proper handling and correct feed should do it….and, buying vannamei seed from Europe in future or use 12% survivors as base line for breeding?

Natural Shrimp USA with viral disease using US vannamei….

Blows a hole through the US SPF program….

Of interest is mode of entry of virus or is it omni-present just never expressed to detectable levels…..

….would have thought once ‘erradicated’ in system then exclusion and biosecurity works.

Gonna be interesting…

Trillions or is it quadrillions of shrimp….market price ( not disease! ) is producers worry.

One of the few industries where trillions of animals have been raised and managed.

Compare one 6 kilo salmon every three years. For that weight and in that time one is managing a thousand 20g shrimp. The numbers coming out of shrimp hatcheries globally are in the billions and have been for many decades.

With a 12 month turn over on life cycle (to gather resistance and to shake off any diseases), a geographic global farming spread, different seasonality and the possibility to shore up supply chain with a finished product freezing capability of up to 24 months, there is an easy bounce back from any diseases.

Which is why prices stay more or less within a fixed band. With the ability to buy same product from many different localities there is a great flexibility of offer to the demand in markets. This can mean playing producers off each other to get best deal and results in commodity low prices.

Genetic focus in hatcheries started for vannamei started with survival rates – a necessary competitive step when trying to compete with the economics of wild high performing seed. It was also because hatcheries were initially paid bonuses on numbers coming out not on quality of larvae.

This is why the stress test on shrimp coming out of hatcheries was developed. 

However, and in reality, it has always been a numbers game. This same numbers game can overcome the survival quest and growth performance of shrimp is really the main requirement from farmers.

So all this talk about shrimp disease from people trying to get either into the industry or tout their positioning, is bullshit in the bigger picture. The main worry is low commodity prices globally and lack of downstream support by importers and distributors to promote farmed shrimp into the markets.

The genetics and 4.0 guys need to stop playing the disease card and look at shrimp growth and adaptation to alternative protein conversion capabilities.