For thirty years, Caledonian shrimp farmers have been working to improve breeding skills and product quality, in harmony with nature. Thus, removal of genitors from the wild is prohibited. Likewise, an environmental impact assessment is always conducted before setting up a new shrimp farm. In order to structure the sector, consolidate production units and implement a rigorous quality policy, farmers are united under the name of SOPAC (Société des Producteurs Aquacoles Calédoniens, or Caledonian Aquaculture Farmers’ Society). Devoted to complying with especially strict specifications, the society is tested regularly by Bureau Veritas, a global company in testing, inspection and certification services.
Caledonian shrimp farmers have always thought and acted collectively. To structure the sector, they came together to establish SOPAC, a plant in charge of packaging and sales. Along with SOPAC, four hatcheries and two feed plants exist to meet the need of reproduction and breeding during shrimp farming; in addition, semi-natural harvest measures are developed to optimize basin management. Supported by local workforce, the sector employs some 900 residents by creating jobs that particularly suit costal rural inhabitants. As the second largest employer of the region and largest food-processing exporter of the island, the sector has greatly contributed to New Caledonia’s economic development, regional balance and image of quality production.