Integrated Aquaculture International has announced new additions to its team
Malcolm Smith and Thomas James join AIA
Integrated Aquaculture International (IAI) has announced new additions to its team
MALCOLM SMITH has joined IAI as the Director of Breeding and Hatchery Operations.
Mal is a professional aquaculturist with over 20 years experience in the industry. He began his aquaculture career at Seahatcheries Pty Ltd, where he helped develop technology for consistent spawning and larval production of barramundi.
In 1992, he joined Seafarm Pty Ltd., where he spearheaded the world’s largest domestication program for Penaeus merguiensis. He was also instrumental in initiating domestication of P. monodon and has been a key figure in the Australian Domestication Program for the species.
Mal will be located in Brunei Darussalam, overseeing selective breeding and hatchery production of specific pathogen free P. monodon and P. stylirostris in IAI’s joint project with the Department of Fisheries of Brunei Darussalam. He will be responsible for managing quarantine, nucleus breeding, broodstock production, and hatchery facilities to produce large, fast growing P. monodon.
THOMAS JAMES has joined IAI as the Director of Pond Production. Tom started his professional career in aquaculture at Ecuadminsa, a fully integrated shrimp producer in Ecuador that operated a 1600-ha farm. After twelve years of experience in pond management at the company, he moved to Granjas Ojai an agribusiness company with 1000 ha of shrimp farms in Mexico.
For 10 years, Tom was responsible for shrimp production operations in the company that involved extensive, semi-intensive and super-intensive production systems.
His experience in managing intensive, aerated, and lined pond systems with probiotic cultures and bioflocs to minimize water exchange and with mechanical harvesting to produce head-on shrimp for premium market segments will be applied in managing the biosecure, intensive ponds in IAI’s joint project with the Department of Fisheries of Brunei Darussalam.
Integrated Aquaculture International, LLC (IAI) is a company headquartered in Hastings, Nebraska, USA. The company implements projects that are focused on achieving production efficiency and sustainability of aquaculture through synergy of genetics, health, nutrition, environment and management. Further, it seeks to build a unified network of clients who benefit from the synergy of collaboration.