Adopting a Zonal Management Approach for shrimp farmers

Implementing partner: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation (SFP)
Other partner(s)The Food School, Shrimp Club Indonesia, KPRI Budidaya Mina, Walmart
Species: L. vannamei and P. monodon
Countries: Thailand and Indonesia
Targeted volume: 38,500 MT (small and large-scale farms)
Target: Best practices with zonal management
Project duration: 18 months (April 2015 – September 2016)

Project summary

12,000 smaller-scale shrimp farmers and their families in Indonesia and Thailand are being trained on improvements in on-farm management and post-harvest processing to support better livelihoods and reduce disease risks and environmental impacts. There are two main areas of focus – that farms perform more efficiently and that overall risks are reduced through greater coordination between farms, specifically with the development of local resource user groups.

In Thailand 2000 farmers, both men and women, are receiving training on, and directly observing demonstration farms that are following, best practices in shrimp farming in the presence of a major disease problem. Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) put many farmers out of business in 2012/13 and confidence is being restored – particularly to smaller-scale farmers- through this program.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership is working with two partner organisations in Thailand:- Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific and The Food School, along with broader collaborations with processors, feed companies and relevant fisheries administrations. This project is also supported by the Walmart Foundation.


“After the training, I understand the characteristics and size of seedling I should use in my pond.  Previously, I used not a standardize size of seed, PL 5, which made life expectancy is low.  Only about 10% of the seed I distributed in my pond lived.  After the training, I know how to select the stock.  Thank you.”

Aryansyah, Padang Tikar village, Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan

“This is the first time that this kind of training is given to us, traditional shrimp farmers.  My friends and I do not know that there are different kinds of shrimp diseases. The trainer who visited our ponds helps us identify the disease in our ponds.  The trainer let us know how to handle such disease.  We hope this training can be followed by other topics, thus we can farm shrimp better”.

Busri, Medan Mas village, Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan

Contact details:

Anton Immink, Aquaculture Director SFP

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