Hendrix Genetics announced this week the formation of a new company, PT Kona Bay Indonesia, which will establish a broodstock multiplication center for the benefit of the Indonesian shrimp industry. Beginning early 2021, Indonesian shrimp hatcheries will be able to source locally reared, high-quality, specific pathogen-free (SPF) broodstock.
Hendrix Genetics’ shrimp breeding activities are well known under the name of Kona Bay. Regular batches from the Kona Bay strategic nucleus in Hawaii will supply the Indonesian facility with the best-quality production post-larvae (PPL) to ensure year-round availability of genetically enhanced broodstock.
Initial operations will be based at a SPF facility in West Java, Indonesia. Within two years, Hendrix Genetics plans to move to brand new, state-of-the-art SPF facilities in North Bali, Indonesia, that are capable of producing more than 100,000 SPF Vannamei broodstock per year.
"We are delighted to announce this latest development in the expansion of our global shrimp breeding activities,” said Neil Manchester, managing director aquaculture of Hendrix Genetics. “Indonesia is a key market for us, and we are committed to providing all our valued customers with the very best broodstock, custom produced for the highest performance characteristics needed to support this great industry in Indonesia."
The Kona Bay brand has been leading the Indonesian market for shrimp broodstock, with approximately 60% market share. With this new venture, Hendrix Genetics expects to expand its market share and volume as the industry grows in line with forecasts. Kona Bay Indonesia is part of the strategic expansion plans of the Aquaculture business unit of Hendrix Genetics. Today, the company has shrimp breeding and production activities in Hawaii, Ecuador and Malaysia. Furthermore, the Aquaculture business unit runs a trout breeding operation in the U.S. and salmon breeding operations in Chile and Scotland.