Sabah Shrimp Farm Visit
Sabah Shrimp Farm Visit

Last year, we at Bonafide decided to visit Sabah in Malaysia to get a chance to spend some time on a shrimp firm.

We wanted to learn more about their business and operations. Following our motto: The best investor is one with dirty shoes, we went on this long journey to gain some insights about this operation whilst spending some time on site.

Sabah (Malay pronunciation: [saˈbah]) is a state of Malaysia, located on the northern part of Borneo Island.

Sabah borders with the Malaysian state of Sarawak to the southwest, and Indonesia‘s Kalimantan region to the south.

Kota Kinabalu is the main city in the region. It has a population of more than 200’000 people.

Sabah Off the main road
Sabah Off the main road

For starters, it took us more than 3 hours to drive (see above picture) to get to the shrimp farm out in the country.

On the way we crossed South East Asia’s highest mountain range with Mount Kinabalu.

Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is 4095 m high. The Kinabalu Park, is a World Heritage Site.

Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range. It is the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago, as well as the highest mountain in Malaysia.

Sabah Shrimp Farm Pond
Sabah Shrimp Farm Pond

The farm we visited is able to raise and harvest 1,300 metric tons of shrimp each year.

Neither vaccinations nor antibiotics are being used on this shrimp farm.

They attained certification from GAP or Good Aquaculture Practice from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore.

The GAP certificate allows them to export to European Markets.

They are working on getting the ASC label

To understand the difference, see also our FAQ for the MSC label.

Sabah The Whole Farm
Sabah The Whole Farm

The company is using pond foil liner. It is more efficient then having the shrimps just in the soil pond and easy to clean.

The local management is always looking for better production methods to increase the standard and the well-being of the shrimps. They are full aware of the EMS (Early mortality syndrome) they had all over Asia the last years.

All in all, we met a management team that showed competence, willingness to improve and a proven track record.

Sabah Farm The Team
Sabah Farm The Team

After our visit to the shrimp farm we took the opportunity to see the processing facility.

The shrimps are arriving live at the procession plant and leaving the facility as a finished product….

Sabah Raw Shrimps
Sabah Raw Shrimps

…and we tasted the shrimps. Let us assure you, it tasted great when we tried it right there.

Sabah Shrimps Finished Product
Sabah Shrimps Finished Product

What is your opinion? Join the conversation

We were quite impressed with what was shown to the Bonafide team on this trip.  Management skills, planning and technology have been used to secure:

  1. Good farm infrastructure management.
  2. Reducing the risks for getting the shrimp infected such as by the EMS called Early Mortality Syndrome.
  3. Improving the environmental footprint of this operation in various ways including but not limited to farm environment management.

But what we are interested in is to hear from you:

  • When when you bought shrimp last time, do you remember, did the product you purchased show  the ASC label?
  • Do you know of a good shrimp recipe?
  • Any other comments or suggestions you have including questions?
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Shrimp Farm in Sabah: Field trip
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4 thoughts on “Shrimp Farm in Sabah: Field trip

  • Hi Georg

    Thanks so much for your reply here. Incidentally, if you scroll down at the MCLago/blog site you can view a video

    You are working for Intergest, a French company that offers all kinds of back office services. Your clients, according to your website are companies that outsource activities like payroll to you, since this might not be one of their core competencies.

    That is of course very interesting. But visiting fish farms or evaluating acquaculture projects is a core competency for us, hence I am at first not sure how you might be able to help us.

    But what we do is invest in acquaculture projects. These are, of course, primarily stock listed companies. For this purpose we follow the principle “the best investor is one with dirty shoes.” In other words, we want to check things out on site.

    We visit all our investments or possible candidates for investment on site to see how things work and how things such as sustainability and so forth are being managed.

    I am not sure how you could help us there, unless you have expertise in aquaculture and know a string of possible fish-farms on land, for instance, that we might want to invest in?

    Do you? I look forward to your reply or any other suggestion you have.
    Respectfully and with greetings from Asia.

    1. Gilbert,
      I sent you a message via Linkedin.
      Would you be available to discuss a global opportunity with shrimp aquaculture projects?
      We are seeing 5 X production at our current ponds.

      Thanks very much.
      Chip Wilkinson

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