Aqua-Spark invests in eFishery

The investment fund that focuses exclusively on sustainable aquaculture, Aqua-Spark, has announced its third major investment, along with co-investor IdeoSource. For more information, please visit

Indonesia Sulawesi—Developing Super-Intensive Shrimp Farms

To boost Penaeus vannamei shrimp production, Central Sulawesi Province (a peninsula off the northeast coast of the island of Sulawesi) has introduced environmentally friendly, super-intensive shrimp farming. For more information, please visit

Shrimp resistant to white spot syndrome virus

Black tiger shrimp that is resistant to the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) has finally been cultivated. For more information, please visit

Sustainable farming releases “significant” GHG emissions

A fishing farming method, often praised as being environmentally-friendly and used in southern China, actually releases “significant” greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to an Oxford University study. For more information, please visit

Shrimp season opening dates set in the Pacific

After considering the technical studies undertaken by the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA), the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) announced that from zero hour on 10 September the shrimp ban will come to an end on the Pacific coast. For more information, please visit

Functional Feed Additives to Prevent Disease in Farmed Shrimp

Bacterial and viral infections have caused disastrous collapses of the shrimp farming industry. Import regulations, consumer demands and sustainable management strategies restrict the number of drugs available to treat pathogens. Vaccines are ineffective in crustaceans, which lack a specific immune system similar to that of vertebrates. Shrimp producers must consider genetics, seed stock quality, husbandry procedures and healthy nutrition as the major tools to control disease, writes Peter Coutteau, Nutriad. For more information, please visit

Thailand Shrimp Farmers Take Another Look at Tigers

About ten years ago when Charoen Pokphand Foods began introducing lower-priced white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) in Thailand, it quickly dwarfed giant tiger (P. monodon) shrimpproduction, which typically occurs at lower densities, according to Kanisorn Tanthien of the Siam Green Shrimp Company. Currently, white shrimp is everywhere, and giant tigers are are only five percent of the market, Tanthien said. Credit :

The most-popular seafood in the USA isn’t very American anymore, but it sure is getting cheaper.

A surge of imported shrimp from Indonesia, Ecuador and India has sent prices plunging by more than a third in the past year. While that’s good news for consumers, who eat more of the crustaceans than any aquatic creature, including salmon and tuna, record supplies from foreign shrimp farms is compounding the strain on USA fishermen, who have seen their share of the domestic market shrink to about 10 percent. Credit :

Seafish analysis social and ethical impacts on seafood supply

A report analysing the social and ethical issues that impact the UK seafood supply chain urges the sector to create a code of conduct on social responsibility. Please visit for more information

Ecuador USA Government Report on Ecuadorian Shrimp Farming in 2014

This information was compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service Office in Quito, Ecuad

New Disease Diagnostics Technology Aims to Combat Disease in Aquaculture

The UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is developing cutting edge farmer-led disease diagnostics technology that could help combat devastating disease outbreaks in global fish and shellfish production.

Exopolymers in Aquaculture Hatcheries: An Overlooked Factor in Hygiene and Feed Quality

Transparent exopolymers (TEPs) or Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) are exudates of aquatic organisms that generally elude detection by traditional microscopical techniques. This review by A Joyce and S Utting describes the overlooked roles of these materials in aquaculture hatcheries.

Shrimp price (Thailand) 3 Aug. 2015

Shrimp price (Thailand) 3 Aug. 2015

More countries committing to combat IUU fishing

A growing number of countries are ratifying an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, fueling interest in how best to implement the instrument.

Viet Nam Improves Shrimp Quality, Productivity

VIET NAM - New measures and techniques have been applied to enhance productivity and quality of shrimp farming.

Kerala to boast first vannamei shrimp hatchery

The Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) is planning to set up the first ever vannamei shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) hatchery in the state with a capacity to produce around 2 million seeds within one year.

Freshwater prawn helps battle deadly disease

A study led by the University of Stanford in Senegal found that freshwater prawns can serve as an effective natural solution in the battle against schistosomiasis, a potentially deadly parasitic disease that infects about 230 million people.

United States Texas—Shrimp Fishermen Complain about Imports of Farmed Shrimp

The Texas Gulf shrimp industry continues struggling to differentiate its product in the marketplace.

Brazil New Legislation Will Turn Shrimp Farming into an Agro-Forest-Pastoral Activity

In the state of Rio Grande do Norte, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) complained against a bill that defines shrimp farming as an agro-forest-pastoral activity, stating that it will enable the development of shrimp farms in areas that have permanent environmental protection and in the mangroves.

GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard Version 5

Available from July 2015, the NEW Aquaculture Standard Version 5 brings to the market a complete solution for buyers and suppliers, based on current market demands and covering the key sustainability aspects that the animal production for human consumption is required to achieve.