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Weekly Overview: World's Largest Prawn Farm to be Built in China

11 March 2014

GLOBAL - In this week's news, the worlds largest prawn farm is to be constructed in Zhongshan, China, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite, Editor.

The 533 hectare prawn and agriculture centre is to be built using Sino Agro Food's A-Power Technology, a self-contained water treatment and recirculating aquaculture system for aquatic animals on a commercial scale. 

The $2.6 billion project will build an indoor farm, twice as big as the largest prawn farm known today, with the capacity to produce 300,000 metric tonnes a year. 

Norwegian salmon farming company Sal Mar is designing new offshore salmon cages which could lead the industry to a more sustainable future.

The revolutionary new cage design will allow farms to be located further offshore in more exposed areas where they will have less environmental impacts and fewer sea lice problems.   

In Nigeria, catfish farmers are now able to take better control of their catfish operations through a new website, created by Fishmaster Ltd.  

The website,, offers a service which will help catfish farmers know what quantity of feed to give to their fish on a daily basis and will explain the weights their fish should get to at appointed times in the culture period, among others.

"All farmers need to do is input the average weights of their juvenile catfish during stocking and the dates of stocking. They will also be required to enter their pond type, pond dimensions and pond shape," said CEO of Fishmaster Ltd, Lanre Ogunsina.

The Indian College of Fisheries, Mangalore, a constituent college of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU), is to release a biotech product that will detect white spot virus in shrimps.

The institute will transfer technology of white spot virus detection in shrimp, known as the RapiDot Diagnostic Kit, to Virbac Animal Health Care Limited, Mumbai, the Times of India reported.


Lucy Towers

Lucy Towers
News Team - Editor

After graduating from The University of Sheffield, Lucy joined 5M in 2011 as part of the News Desk team. In 2012, she was promoted to editor of TheFishSite. With previous farming experience and a love for the great outdoors, Lucy has a passion for wildlife and the environment.

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