Sharat Industries of Nellore, India, on Friday announced that its whiteleg shrimp have been certified as sustainable by Friend of the Sea.

The company’s broodstock is imported from the Oceanic Institute in the United States under the supervision of the Costal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) and according to the regulations of the Livestock Importation Act and Central Government guidelines.

The company does not use drugs or other chemicals, and biosecurity measures such as bird control and crab fencing are in place along with the use of probiotics and a closed system of water management.

Sharat was also the first company in India to start the cultivation of whiteleg shrimp to overcome the problem of white-spot disease.

“We are a pioneering company in India to have begun the culture of Litopenaeus vannamei,” said S. Prasad Reddy, managing director of Sharat Industries . “The Friend of the Sea certification is evidence that our farming practices are sustainable.”

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