Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture
(A Society under Marine Products Export Development Authority,
Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)

Technology Development Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture

Aquatic Quarantine Facility for L. vannamei (AQF)

Pacific White Shrimp
   Phylum :    Arthropoda
   Subphylum :    Crustacea
   Class :    Malacostraca
   Order    :    Decapoda
   Family   :    Penaeidae
   Genus :    Penaeus
   Subgenus :    Litopenaeus
   Species :    vannamei

The Aquatic Quarantine Facility (AQF) for L. vannamei is a state-of-the-art facility created by RGCA, at the behest of Ministry of Agriculture for quarantining the L. vannamei broodstock imported to India. This facility, located at Neelankarai, Chennai is one of its kind in the world and conforms to all the international quality standards required for an Aquatic Quarantine for the introduction of the non native American white shrimp L. vannamei to India. The AQF was set into operation in 2009 and its establishment has facilitated the popularization of vannamei farming in India, which has subsequently resulted in increased shrimp production and contributed to the export revenue of the country.

The main focus of this quarantine centre is to facilitate a regulated mode of introduction of non native L. vannamei into India inorder to sustain the Shrimp Farming Industry in the country.

Infrastructure Facilities

Aquatic Quarantine Facility for L. vannamei

The following infrastructure facilities have been created at the Aquatic Quarantine Facility.

  • Five receiving areas with a capacity to handle 2800 broodstock per consignment.
  • Seven quarantine cubicles, each equipped with 40 nos of 650 Lt FRP tanks.
  • Fully fledged PCR Screening Laboratory for screening all OIE listed pathogens.
  • Two Packing sections.
  • A fumigation chamber which can fumigate over 1000 boxes at a time.
  • Dedicated thermo-controlled insulated trucks for broodstock transportation which can transport 900 nos. of broodstock at a time.
  • Supporting systems such as reservoirs, water treatment systems, Chillers, Recirculation Aquaculture Systems, Power backup systems etc.

Present Status

  • Since its establishment in June 2009, the Aquatic Quarantine Facility has quarantined over 275 consignments comprising of over 124449 of L. vannamei broodstock imported to India at a fairly good survival of 96%.
  • All the broodstock samples tested till date were found to be SPF and free of the 6 OIE listed pathogens.
  • Expansion of the Aquatic Quarantine Facility with an additional 13 quarantine cubicles, is underway.

The Team

Project Manager :    Dr. Amiya Kumar Panda
Asst. Project Managers :    Shri. D. Kannan
:    Ms. M.C. Remany
:    Shri. N. Baburao
Asst. Technical Managers :    Ms. Daly Cyriac
:    Shri. Ashwini Kumar
:    Shri. Erra Suresh Babu
:    Shri. V. Ravi Kumar
:    Ms. Sruthi Prem .O. C
:    Shri. P. Krishnakanth Varada Raju
Accounts & Administration :    Shri. V. Pharthasarathy(Accountant)
:    Shri. K. Sankar (Stores and Purchase Asst)

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