India “Live” Penaeus vannamei at the Retail Level

“Cambay Tiger,” India’s largest selling seafood brand and the flagship product of the WestCoast Group, has launched a new live seafood mart in the heart of Mumbai. The Cambay Tiger Sea Food Mart offers live white shrimp and live mud crabs, along with a wide range of live fish species. Customers can make their purchase at the mart or have them delivered. Shivam Gupta, the director of Cambay Tiger, says, “Customers can come in and choose their next meal, right from the water.” Credit:

Bangladesh Prices and Exports Drop

Shrimp farmers and processors face big losses because of sluggish global demand for black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) and ample supplies of white shrimp (P. vannamei). Weak currencies in some of Bangladesh’s export markets also play a role in the decline in demand. The downturn in shrimp shipments began in the second quarter of 2013-2014, according to the country’s Export Promotion Bureau. Credit:

Increase in Fish Antimicrobial Use in Denmark

DENMARK - Antimicrobial use in Danish animals decreased in 2014, due mainly to decreased consumption in the pig production. It’s use has risen however in fish. Credit:

Indian Shrimp Production Expected to Drop 20 per cent

INDIA - India is expecting a 10-20 per cent drop in its farmed shrimp production this year. Credit:

Shrimp production drop could affect seafood exports

It is likely that India’s total seafood exports decline 10 per cent-20 per cent this year due to the impact of a lower shrimp production. Credit:

United States Shrimp Imports in August 2015

In August 2015, USA shrimp imports (46,960 metric tons) fell 10.7%, compared to July 2014 (52,594 tons). From January to August 2015, however, shrimp imports (362,524 tons) were up 3.6%, compared to January to August 2014 (349,882 tons). See statistics for individual countries in the picture Credit:

United States Washington DC—FDA Antibiotic Rejections Drop in September 2015

In September 2015, the Food and Drug Administration rejected fewer entry lines* of shrimp than in previous months. It rejected nine line items of shrimp in September, down 47 percent from September 2014 and down 88 percent from August. Credit:

India EHP—Microsporidian Disease

Indian shrimp farmers have been warned to keep a look out for Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP), a microsporidian disease.

China Disease Problems Near Shanghai

In the area of Rudong, near Shanghai, the loss of white shrimp in earthen ponds exceeds 85%! Credit:

Vietnam Highlights Benefits of Copper Cages for Fish Farmers

VIET NAM - Fish farmers can earn more using cages made from copper alloy mesh, the International Collaborating Centre for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS) has found. Credit:

Can Genetically Improved Farmed Fish Increase Global Aquaculture Productivity?

Increased aquaculture production will be needed in future to improve food security, but what role can genetically improved farmed fish species play in increasing productivity? This study from Ingrid Olesen and colleagues investigates. Credit:

Seaweed farming could help mitigate ocean acidification

In the Pacific Northwest, NOAA scientists and partners are studying the potential for seaweed farms to help fight ocean acidification by removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the ocean. The study is part of a collaborative USD 1.5 million project led by the Puget Sound Restoration Fund and funded by Vulcan Philanthropy. Credit:

Ecuador Shrimp Prices Are Rising Fast

Prices for Ecuadorian shrimp are rising fast on the back of strong global demand and low production. Credit:

Thailand Update on TUF’s Guaranteed Price Plan

Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF) has introduced a six-month price-guarantee plan for shrimp farmers and expects to use it to buy $41.9 million worth of shrimp. Credit:

Viet Nam Shrimp Exports to US Projected to Grow

VIET NAM - Shrimp exports from Viet Nam to the US are expected to grow following the final results of the ninth anti-dumping duty administrative review by the US Department of Commerce (DOC) on frozen shrimp imported from Viet Nam. For more information, please visit

Thailand Thai Union Offers a Guaranteed Price for Shrimp

On September 16, 2015, Thai Union Frozen Products—the world’s largest producer of shelf-stable tuna products and one of the largest seafood producers in the world with annual sales exceeding $3.6 billion and a global workforce of over 32,000 people—announced a guarantee price for farmed shrimp, committing to buy 12,000 metric tons of shrimp at a price of $4.18 kilogram. The guarantee price will be available until March 2016. For more information, please visit

China Research—Covert Mortality Disease

From Abstract: A disease known as covert mortality disease has become an increasing problem in the shrimp farming industry in recent years in China and several countries of Southeast Asia, leading to serious losses in production. Penaeus vannamei (Pacific white shrimp) is affected by this disease that leads to a range of clinical symptoms including hepatopancreas atrophy and necrosis, soft shell, slow growth, and abdominal muscle whitening and necrosis in the acute stage of disease. A new nodavirus, termed covert mortality nodavirus (CMNV), has been shown to be the etiological agent. For more information, please visit

AquaChile loses USD 47 million due to lower sales and prices

Consolidated sales revenues of Empresas AquaChile accumulated through 30 June, 2015 totalled USD 337.9 million, 15 per cent less than in the same period of 2014. The company attributed this change primarily to lower sales of trout, Pacific salmon and tilapia, partially offset by higher Atlantic salmon sales. For more information please visit

New Recipe Book Highlights Seafood with Asian Twist

SCOTLAND, UK - Working with some of the best chefs in contemporary Asian cuisine, the Scottish Seafood Collaborative Group has published a new recipe book ‘Seafood from Scotland’, featuring 17 winning dishes from its recent Asian culinary competition. For more information, please visit

US announces sharp drop of anti-dumping tariff rate on Vietnamese shrimp

US Department of Commerce (DOC) decided to set an average anti-dumping duty of 0.91 per cent on frozen Vietnamese shrimp corresponding to the period from 1 February 2013 to 31 January 2014, a percentage that is much lower than what had been set in the previous administrative analysis. For more information, please visit