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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%.
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:http://goo.gl/mcnPuo
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: http://goo.gl/NiIkGN
In mid-January 2016, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced that “Stapimex is the world’s first shrimp operation...to successfully complete the new Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) group farm program. Credit: http://goo.gl/heX7pq
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: http://goo.gl/7zDjd3
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: http://goo.gl/Gx9oRx
Global shrimp prices are expected to remain firm through May 2016, followed by softer prices as production increases around the world. Credit: http://goo.gl/pJNt1c
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: http://goo.gl/21h2Av
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: http://goo.gl/vbKE4g
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: http://goo.gl/zBFJPT
In 2015, according to the National Aquaculture Association of Honduras (Andah), farmed shrimp production fell 20 to 30 percent, compared to 2014. Credit: http://goo.gl/KlzUqM
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: http://goo.gl/CXLtVo
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: http://goo.gl/oQWTxu
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.
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: http://goo.gl/f2UvNw
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: http://goo.gl/Ixh23t
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: http://goo.gl/rBpnq7
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: http://goo.gl/1zu7Ah
Through mid-December 2015, farm-gate shrimp prices were relatively stable, but now prices for some sizes have begun to decline as buyers in the United States, China and Europe end their purchases for the holiday season. Credit: http://goo.gl/unwVAx