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This publication provides technical guidance for the effective and responsible operation of shrimp hatcheries in Latin America. The document was compiled through an extensive consultative process undertaken from 2001 to 2003 that involved inputs from government-designated national coordinators, regional and international experts, representatives from several intergovernmental organizations, private sector representatives and FAO. This process was made possible through the FAO Regional Technical Cooperation Programme project - Assistance to health management of shrimp culture in Latin America: TCP/RLA/0071 (A) - which involved the participation of 14 countries of the region, several intergovernmental organizations, shrimp hatchery operators and farmers, and individual experts. It is envisaged that this document will provide a firm basis for the improvement of the health and quality of hatchery-produced Penaeus vannamei postlarvae in Latin America.

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