25 Jan '12, 10am
Disease-free prawns from Brunei
Brunei's Fisheries Department has successfully produced a disease-free breed of black tiger prawns, making Brunei the only producer of specific pathogen-free (SPF) species in the Southeast Asia. After five years of intensive research and trials to produce a SPF Penaeus monodon (black tiger prawn), the Fisheries Department received remarkable results from its first harvest at the Aquaculture Research and Development Centre at Telisai. The harvested prawns grew rapidly to sizes in excess of 40 grammes, a media release from the department said. The pond yielded seven metric tonnes of the prawns per hectare, exceeding the researchers' estimate by 0.6 metric tonnes. It produced 58 grammes of SPF black tiger prawns in 136 days, the press release added. Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bak...