Last night, we packaged 800 broodstock of white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) and shipped them to one of our best customers, Kailaas Hatchery, located in Andhra Pradesh, India. This is the first shipment of broodstock from our Texas facility after reconstruction from damage caused by Hurricane Harvey last year and so it carries a lot of significance and pride for SPD to be back on our feet.
The shrimp are 50% males and 50% females with average individual weights of 37.4 and 40 grams, respectively. They are large, healthy animals by any measure. They were packed in 80 cases at 10 shrimp per case. For the long air flight to India, they are packed under meticulously controlled conditions to insure they arrive well and ready to be prepared to make millions of babies. Before sending, the shrimp were quarantined and certified by the USDA as free of specific pathogens, an important consideration for farmers understandably wanting to start their cultures with shrimp that are free of diseases.