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CAT Backs Prima Larvae Bali in Advancing Whiteleg Shrimp Breeding

CAT Backs Prima Larvae Bali in Advancing Whiteleg Shrimp Breeding
Credits: Prima Larvae Bali

Prima Larvae Bali (PLB), a leading hatchery in Eastern Indonesia, is bolstered by the expertise of the Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) to elevate their Whiteleg shrimp (vannamei) breeding program. This support enhances PLB’s commitment to delivering biosecure, top-quality postlarvae suited for Indonesia’s unique farming landscape, while also introducing cutting-edge genetic technology.

PLB is widely recognized in the Indonesian aquaculture industry for its commitment to delivering quality post-larvae (PLs). Through a meticulously designed selection scheme and larvae culture process, ensuring that each PL inherits the full genetic potential from the selected broodstock to achieve fast growth and disease resistance. Emphasizing rigorous biosecurity measures, PLB exclusively produces 100% Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) PL larvae. Only frozen feeds are used to nurture the shrimp broodstocks, with a firm stance against the use of fresh/live feeds within the facility. This dedication to excellence in larvae culture has not only set PLB apart but has also made a significant contribution to the aquaculture sector in the region.

In an ambitious move to further improve the quality of its offerings, PLB has enlisted the expertise of CAT, an industry leader in aquaculture research and development. Leveraging CAT’s use of advanced statistical models, both organizations aim to refine the selection of genetic lines for shrimp that grow quickly and thrive in commercial settings. CAT’s proven approach includes the utilization of molecular markers and the latest technologies to generate genetically diverse and adaptable lines of shrimp. Their multi-generational selection methods have already demonstrated improvements in both growth rates and survival capabilities in commercial farm conditions.

Henry Wijaya, Director at Prima Larvae Bali, shared his excitement about the collaboration, stating, “Our partnership with CAT is a significant leap forward for PLB and the aquaculture industry in Indonesia. By combining CAT’s robust genetic technologies and selection methodologies with our deep understanding of local needs, we are poised to deliver shrimp post larvae that are not only fast-growing but also increasingly resilient, generation after generation.”

Alejandro Gutierrez, the Director of Breeding at CAT, also weighed in on the partnership: “We are thrilled to bring our scientific expertise to the table in this collaboration with PLB. By merging CAT’s advanced statistical modelling and molecular techniques with PLB’s local industry insights, we aim to produce shrimp lines that are not just fast-growing but are adapted to the unique conditions of Indonesian aquaculture. This is science and local knowledge coming together to make a real impact.”

By offering farmers access to genetically superior shrimp lines, PLB is making a significant contribution to the sustainability and productivity of Indonesia’s shrimp production.

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) drives breakthroughs in aquaculture and its allied sectors through specialized expertise in genetics, health, and nutrition. CAT’s international capabilities combine deep expertise in aquaculture and fisheries, molecular research, and tank-based testing, enabling them to provide innovative, research-driven solutions that enhance productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in aquaculture.

Prima Larvae Bali (PLB) is a leading hatchery located in Eastern Indonesia, dedicated to producing high-quality post-larvae tailored to the region’s unique aquaculture needs. With a commitment to biosecurity and sustainable practices, PLB serves the aquaculture community in Eastern Indonesia by providing top-tier Whiteleg shrimp post larvae.