Sharat Industries’ whiteleg shrimp from India earns Friend of the Sea certification
Whiteleg shrimps (Litopenaeus Vannamei), produced by Sharat Industries Limited have been certified as sustainable by Friend of the Sea, reports www.megafishnet.com with reference to FoS.
The culture area of Sharat Industries is situated 900 mts away from the sea shore in Thotapalli Gudur Mandalam, Nellore Dist, and India and covers 180 ha. The Litopenaeus Vannamei broodstock is imported from the Oceanic Institute in America. This is done under the supervision of the Costal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) and according to strict regulations of the Livestock Importation Act, 2001 and Central Government guidelines. In the farm, no drugs or other chemicals are used during culture practice. Bio security measures such as bird control and crab fencing are in place along with the use of probiotics and a closed system of water management. Sharat Industries Ltd., engages in aquaculture and since 1994 has been an integrated project with a shrimp hatchery, aqua farm, feed mill and processing facilities. In 2004, Sharat Industries was the first company in India to start the culture of Litopenaeus vannamei shrimp to overcome the problem of white spot disease that is common in P. monodon shrimp, in India. The company produces fresh, frozen and cooked Litopenaeus Vannamei shrimp.
Mr. S. Prasad Reddy, the Managing Director, states "We are a pioneering company in India to have begun the culture of Litopenaeus vannamei. The Friend of the Sea certification is evidence that our farming practices are sustainable."
Sharat Industries Limited
Factory Manager - Mr. Manjunath