AQUA Practical Feature: 7 Questions with John Bostock

"There is no substitute for getting your feet and hands wet on a farm and experiencing working as part of a team"

Fishery sector needs to move to aquaculture: Jokowi

"We are too monotone, too linear, while the world is changing rapidly."

Hawaii—SPF Broodstock Exports Set Record in 2015

Hawaii’s SPF shrimp broodstock companies set a new record in volume and value of exports in 2015. Data compiled by the State’s Aquatic Veterinarian show Hawaii shrimp breeders exported 800,000 animals in 2015. That’s a 32% increase over 2014, the previous high. Current market value of about $100/pair of broodstock makes the 2015 crop worth a whopping $40 million. China purchased 37% of the exports and Indonesia 24%.

Mexico Production Up In 2015

After early mortality syndrome (EMS) almost halved Mexico’s farmed shrimp production in 2013, compared to 2012, production registered a mild increase in 2015, following a significant recovery in 2014. Credit:

Vietnam China Traders Scooping Up Farmed Shrimp

In the Mekong Delta, since the beginning of 2016, traders from China have been buying large volumes of Vietnam’s farmed shrimp, even if it’s low quality shrimp. They even ask suppliers to inject substances in them to increase their weight, said Nguyen Van Kich, general director of Cafatex Corporation in Hau Giang. Credit:

Vietnam First Shrimp Farm with BAP “Group” Certification

In mid-January 2016, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced that “Stapimex is the world’s first shrimp successfully complete the new Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) group farm program. Credit:

Groups Call for Use of Virus to Rid Australia of Carp

AUSTRALIA - A unique coalition of anglers, farmers and conservationists in Australia have declared that a virus that kills carp should be used to help rid the country’s rivers of the destructive feral fish. Credit:

Japanese University Successfully Produces Offspring from Frozen Trout

JAPAN - Researchers at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology have come up with a way to produce rainbow trout using sperm production cells extracted from a fish frozen for a year and transplanted into a different species. Bonnie Waycott reports for TheFishSite on how this will hopefully aid in the protection of endangered species. Credit:

The World Prices, Supplies and Production

Global shrimp prices are expected to remain firm through May 2016, followed by softer prices as production increases around the world. Credit:

Govt intensifies measures to pass EU fisheries inspection

Thailand government is taking tighter measures to address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in an effort to pass the European Union’s inspection next week. Credit:

Project to reduce major aquaculture diseases

The University of Exeter and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) are leading the project which is funded under the Global Research Partnership: BBSRC-Newton Fund Aquaculture Call. Credit:

Thailand National Fish and Seafood, Traceability Software to Stop Slavery

USA importer National Fish and Seafood, owned by Pacific Andes International Holdings, is implementing Farmforce and SourceTrace traceability software at shrimp farms in Thailand to ensure that slavery is not used in its supply chain. Credit:

Honduras Big Drop in the Production of Farmed Shrimp

In 2015, according to the National Aquaculture Association of Honduras (Andah), farmed shrimp production fell 20 to 30 percent, compared to 2014. Credit:

Organic Acids Enhance Tiger Shrimp Resistance to Vibrio Harveyi

The threat of disease in the aquaculture industry, coupled with greater restrictions or ban on antibiotic use, has increased interest in evaluating antibiotic alternatives, write Wing-Keong Ng et al, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Credit:

Vietnam Problems Continue in the Mekong Delta—An Update

Shrimp farming produced a rapid transformation in the quality of life for many people in the Mekong Delta, but the unplanned expansion in production has had negative effects on the environment and lead to diseases on the farms. Credit:

EU eases requirements to import Bangladeshi shrimp

From the present onwards, Bangladeshi exporters will be able to ship frozen seafood products to the European Union (EU) without the compliance of including analytical test reports with the consignments, which had been mandatory since 2008. Credit:

Reproductive shrimp ban applies until 15 February

For two months, until 15 February next year, a ban on shrimp fishing will be effective at national level in order to safeguard the shrimp during its breeding season. Credit:

Vietnam Shrimp Farming Crisis

In 2015, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said that shrimp exports were expected to be worth $3 billion, down $1 billion from 2014, mostly because of shrimp diseases in the Mekong Delta, lower shrimp prices and fewer orders. Credit:

India Andhra Pradesh—Floods and EHP Will Affect Production in 2016

Recent floods in the Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh, the heart of the country’s shrimp farming industry, and an outbreak of a fungal disease, Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP, a microsporidian disease) will likely affect the production and revenues of India’s shrimp farming industry in 2016. Credit:

Thailand Frozen Foods Association Stops Purchases from Peeling Sheds

Members of the Thai Frozen Foods Association (TFFA) have decided to stop buying processed shrimp from third-party peeling sheds and will instead process shrimp in-house. The change will take effect on January 1, 2016. The decision followed a vote by association members to reduce the risk of human rights violations and illegal labor practices in the supply chain. Credit: