Shrimp Research Center

Iranian Fisheries Research Organization

Iran Shrimp Research Institute


To research on sustainable exploitation of marine shrimp resources, improving the cultured shrimp production and reducing of the investment risk in aquaculture towards improving food security.


The Iran Shrimp Research Institutewas established in 1978. The Institute is one of the oldest premier research institutions in the field of fisheries research in the south of Iran, located in Bushehr province. The activities of Institute, initially called “Persian Gulf Fisheries Research and Development Centre”, started with a study on “Assessment of benthic fishes of the Persian Gulf” by collaboration of the FAO and surrounding Persian Gulf countries. Since 1989, the institute renamed as Persian Gulf Fisheries Research Canter (PGFRC) and the researches focused on the economical aquatics, especially on shrimp. Through findings of these researches, scientific management of the aquatic stocks in Iranian waters of the Persian Gulf was implemented. For the first time in the region, in 1984,Peneaeus semisulcatus shrimp (green tiger prawn), was successfully reared in laboratory scale in Bandargah Broodstocking Research Station. To date, a wide range of biological, ecological, shrimp aquaculture and pollutions researches have been carried out on stock assessment. Inline with development of the shrimp aquaculture industry, PGFRC had focused its activities on shrimp and was renamed to Iran Shrimp Research Institute (ISRI) since 1999.



There are 114 employees working in ISRI, of which 54 persons work in research departments, as shown in following diagram. The institute has 10 scientific board members.


To conduct the researches, the ISRI has a total of 9 laboratories, as follows, for identification and testing:

- Aquatic Biometry

- Benthos and Sediment

- Genetic& Molecular Biology

- Histopathology

- Microbiology

- Phyco lab.

- Physico-chemical oceanography

- Plankton

- Pollutions

Genetic& Molecular Biology, histopathology and plankton laboratories are certified and accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025 by Iran Accreditation System (IAS). Other laboratories are ready to be audited.

Aquatics Museum:

The museum holds a large collection of the Persian Gulf and Oman sea aquatics. 83 families of fishes, 12 shrimp Species, 35 species of crabs belonging to 13 families, 8 species of the snakes, 6 species of cuttlefish and squids and 1 species of octopus. Different type of fishing gears and sampling equipments are also included in the museum.

Research Vessels

The inshore and offshore studies of ISRI are facilitated by two research vessels.

1- RV Ferdows1 with 1600 HP engine, 45.5 m overall length, Moulded beam 10 m, Draft 3.8 m equipped with navigation and research instruments including simrad EK500.

2- RV Morvarid equipped with two 90 HP boat engines, 23-ft and a GPS.

Research Departments:

The ISRI activities conduct in four departments: Shrimp aquaculture, Health and disease of shrimp, Biology and stock assessment and Ecology.

Shrimp CultureDepartment:

The activities of this department are carried out by two divisions; Shrimp brood stocking& cultivation, and Shrimp physiology& nutrition. The research activities are carried out at two affiliated research stations; Bandargah Broodstocking Research Station and Helleh Shrimp Culture Research Station.


Sustainable development of shrimp culture in water resources


- Investigation on shrimp species for diversification of Iran shrimp culture industry.

- Improving the production efficiency through implementing new technologies.

- To study on diet requirements of shrimp in various stages.

- Improvement and development of shrimp broodstocking and reproduction .

- Socio-economic study of shrimp farming activities.


- Initiation of shrimp aquaculture in Iran.

- Introduction of two native shrimp species (Fenneropenaeus indicus&Penaeus semisulcatus) and one exotic species (Litopenaeus vannamei)to aquaculture industry.

- Reproduction and cultivation ofPenaeus monodonand Penaeus merguensis.

- Maintaining of live food stock.

- Acquiring bloodstocks rearing technique on native and exotic shrimp species.

- Implementation of two craps ofL. vannamei shrimp farming.

- Cultivation ofLitopenaeus vannameiin underground brackish waters, and recirculation system.

- Generation of new food ration containing plant protein forLitopenaeus vannameito reduce production cost of shrimp.

- Provision of Iran farmed shrimp strategic planning, vision 2025.

Shrimp Health& DiseaseDepartments:

The activities of this department are carried out by two divisions; Infectious disease and Non infectious disease.


To improving shrimp production efficiency through enhance of health level and diseases prevention


- To recognize the shrimp pathogens, identify the best of prevention and treatment approaches.

- Development in diagnostic, treatment, control and prevention methods of shrimp diseases.

- To investigate the production of SPF/SPR shrimp broodstocks.

- Codification of pharmacopoeia and drugs application in shrimp hatcheries and farms centres.

- Monitoring and identification of shrimp and other aquatic diseases.


- Identification of prevalent infectious disease in shrimp.

- Introduction of suitable disinfectant to prevent viral diseases.

- Identification and introduction of two algae species to prevent the White spot disease (WSD) in shrimps.

- Introduction of national diagnostic Kit for WSD.

- Introduction of herbal extracts ofZataria multiflora to control fungal diseases.

- S.W.O.T analysis of shrimp industry and controlling WSD through presenting suitable advices to stabilize bio-security.

- Introduction of updated and modern diagnostic techniques based on molecular biology in shrimp diseases.

Biology& Stock Assessment Department:

The activities of this department are carried out by two divisions; Shrimp biology, and Shrimp stock assessment.


Research towards sustainable exploitation and conservation of aquatic resources


- Stock assessment of economical valuable fish species.

- To study the life cycle of the commercial shrimp species in the Persian Gulf and Oman sea.

- Estimation of the optimum fishing season for economical valuable marine aquatic species.

- Estimation of abundance indices of marine resources.

- Study to finding the fishing patterns in commercial fishery.

- Optimization of fishing gears towards more selective harvesting techniques.

- Socio-economic study of fisheries activities.


- Establishment of fisheries statistical system in the south of Iran.

- Determination of fishing season for some economical valuable species (Shrimp, Croaker, Silver pomfret, Spanish mackerel, cuttlefish and Sardine) on the basis of biological indices.

- Provision of scientific grounds in total ban on finfish fishery.

- Standardization of shrimp trawl net and gillnets.

- Improvement of a shrimp catch prediction model.

- Introduction and promotion of By-catch Excluder Device for shrimp trawl net.

- Identification of edible, ornamental and pearl oyster stocks in Bushehr province coastal.

- Promotion of the management for exploitation of the cuttlefish stocks.

- Provision of Iran wild shrimp strategic planning, vision 2025.

Ecology Department:

The activities of this department are carried out by two divisions; Pollution and Biotic.


To survey the water resources and estimation of their ecological capacity


- Ecological studies of the susceptible water resources for aquaculture.

- To study the interactions between aquatics and their environment.

- Recognition of nutrient rich and polluted zones and their effects on fisheries resources.

- Recognition of biological, chemical and physical threats, and their effects on marine ecosystem and aquatics.

- To study the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of industries on fisheries resources.


- Introduction of the fish and shrimp nursery grounds and spawning areas in the Bushehr province waters.

- Identification of some of the susceptible coastal ecosystems and coral reef areas in the Bushehr province waters in Persian Gulf.

- Identification of the nutrient rich and polluted zones in Bushehr province marine waters.

- Identification of the hydrobiogical conditions of Bushehr province marine waters.

- Introduction of artificial reef to fishery.

- Monitoring of the effects of shrimp farms effluent on the marine environment and provision of their environmental criterions.

Iran Shrimp Research Institute

Bushehr, Taleghani High Way, Shilat sq.

Postal Code 75146-63431, P.O. Box 1374

Tel: 2526686, 4549269

Fax: 2522782, 4549268