Panamanian Clients

Pacific Larval Centre
  • Description: Large hatchery and maturation facility on Punta Chame producing L. vannamei. PLC was an early leader in closed cycle production of L. vannamei and developed high quality SPF broodstock early on using an indoor raceway system with recirculating water. A progressive company ahead of its time it succumbed to ruthless competitive business practices and corporate sabotage.

  • Service Provided: Technical advisor on all aspects of production.   Worked with management to improve productivity in all facets of production. Advised on maturation, genetics, water quality, microbiology, disinfection, production, biosecurity, and animal health issues. Marketed SPF animals to Thailand.

AgroMarina De Panama
  • Description:  A large company with its own hatchery and more than 1000 acres of semi-intensive ponds.  An early leader in the production of white shrimp in Panama.  Poor production methodologies and questionable business practices resulted in serious disease problems with the company eventually going bankrupt. 

  • Service Provided: A complete technical audit on operations and advised management as to the cause of underlying productivity issues.  Advice was ignored.  Also evaluated a commercial "pond probiotic" program to determine if it was working as advertised.  It was not.  Conducted extensive testing of mixture of bacterial and fungal cell walls under field conditions and demonstrated a significant reduction in bacterial disease problems.   Audited processing plant and farm.

Punta Chame
  • Description: Large hatchery and maturation facility on Punta Chame producing L. vannamei. Right across the street from Pacific Larval Centre. A part of the Riande group affiliated with more than 500 acres of ponds, a feed mill and this hatchery and maturation facility.

  • Service Provided: A complete technical audit of the hatchery and maturation to determine underlying causes of poor productivity.  Advice ignored. Poor productivity continues.

  • Description: A large farm, hatchery and maturation facility owned by the countries largest sugar producer.

  • Service Provided: They conducted extensive tests with our immunodiagnostic tool for diagnosing WSSV, the Shrimple. For more information click on the work Shrimple in the last sentence.   They determined that shrimp were not dying from the virus and that it was actually secondary bacterial infections that were killing the shrimp. They isolated the bacteria involved and determined its antibiotic sensitivity. They discovered that when the Shrimple results came back positive, the virus titers were high enough to deplete circulating hemocytes leading to bacterial disease. By medicating with the correct antibiotic at this time they were able to reduce the mortality and manage the disease. They were able to utilize this approach towards minimizing the impact of the virus on their farm.

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