Shrimp Consortium

The U.S. Marine Shrimp Farming Program is an integrated multi-state research consortium that develops and transfers technologies, products, and services necessary for domestic shrimp farming industry to become competitive in the world market.  The Oceanic Institute serves as the consortium?s coordination and primary administrative center and conducts selective breeding research at its Makapuu and Kona sites.  For more information on OI?s research role in the Consortium see OI Shrimp Program.

The long-term goal of the USMSFP is to support the domestic industry that will help offset a $3.7 billion trade imbalance for shrimp, ensure the safety and wholesomeness of the nation?s seafood supply, promote environmentally sustainable animal agriculture, create new opportunities for U.S. agriculture, and forge new markets for U.S. grain and oilseed products and technology services. 

Through the work of the seven consortium institutions, and in cooperation with private industry, industry associations and government agencies, the USMSFP established the world?s first and most advanced breeding and genetic selection program for marine shrimp, pioneered research and development of advanced disease diagnostic tools, described the etiology of shrimp diseases associated with viral pathogens, developed biosecurity protocols for shrimp farming used worldwide, fostered shrimp production at nearshore, inland/rural farm, and even desert sites, developed advanced high-density, biosecure production systems, and formulated new diets to minimize waste.  The program also provides U.S. producers direct access to reliable captive supplies of high health and genetically improved shrimp stocks. 

For more information about the USMSFP and partner institutions see www.usmsfp.org.