Belizean Clients

  • Description:  Corporate semi-intensive medium sized shrimp farm shrimp farm producing L. vannamei.

  • Service provided: Technical advisor on all aspects of production.  Worked with client to evaluate farming strategies and to focus on tools to improve production. Multiple analytical technical audits on all facets of production including evaluation of existing protocols and problem areas potentially affecting production. Worked with staff and management to implement strategically relevant changes and to better organize collection and management of data for future analysis. Implemented the use of  PRO4000X with a significant benefit (REFER TO LINK).

 Royal Mayan Shrimp Farms Ltd.
  • Description:  A medium sized largely semi-intensive corporate shrimp farm with some sectors operation at low high densities.

  • Service provided: Complete technical audit on all facets of production with evaluation of existing protocols and problem areas potentially affecting production. Worked with staff and management to implement strategically relevant changes. Prepared a report for bank outlining strategy required to resolve productivity issues.

Nova Toledo Shrimp Farms
Nova Ladyville Shrimp Farms
  • Description: A very large semi-intensive farm operating outside of Belize City. The farm has four separate farms that were operated together. The group had a large hatchery operating on Ambergris Caye that supplied all of their own seed.  

  • Service Provided: Complete technical audit on all facets of production with evaluation of existing protocols and problem areas potentially affecting production. Worked with staff and management to implement strategically relevant changes. Farm failed due to poor management and commodization of shrimp prices. 

Belize Shrimp Growers Association
  • Description: An association formed by the shrimp growers of Belize to maintain communication among its various members.  

  • Service Provided: Visited all of the farms in Belize and sampled farms for the presence of the virus responsible for Taura Syndrome (TSV) before the disease became widespread.  Worked with the Belizean Agricultural Health Authority to determine extent of the disease. Discussed biosecurity and related issues with staff on the farms. Suggested that the farmers learn to live with the virus and manage around it rather than doing a country wide dry out the way that the did when the problem first occurred. They took my suggestions.

Belize Aquaculture Ltd.  (BAL)
  • Description: The premier high density shrimp grower in the Americas. The first company to grow shrimp in 100% lined ponds at super high densities using a closed reuse biofloc based system.

  • Service Provided: Technical audit and disease trouble shooting.   Belize has a virus that is endemic that is similar in appearance to another virus, IMNV, that affects shrimp in Indonesia and  Brazil that I was asked to assist them in determining what was occurring and what to do about it. I also advised them as to what steps to take to restore their ponds to 100% biofloc production based systems. They are now 100% biofloc on all ponds although the virus is still present with an unknown impact as of this writing in April 2011. Due to managerial incompetence the farm shut down and was sold. I have been asked by one group of potential investors about this and I advised that they should consider that the current operational philosophy of the farm is not consistent with the levels of production needed to ensure profitability.   A significant change in the manner in which they produce shrimp, while feasible, would have to be done in order to take the farm into profitability.     

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