Thailand Robins McIntosh on EMS and EHP

At the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) conference (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 26–29, 2015), Robins McIntosh, a senior vice-president at CP Foods, said new measures to control early mortality syndrome (EMS) have been effective—adding that the parasite Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) may pose an even bigger threat to Thailand’s shrimp farming industry than EMS. Credit:

GOAL Presents Optimistic Annual Shrimp Outlook

We open our news today reporting that on the first day of the Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) conference, Dr. Jim Anderson presented the results of the annual shrimp industry survey for global production. The survey garnered 72 responses, which were all weighted equally. Respondents were asked a number of questions about shrimp production in their own country. There was generally a big variation in response. Credit:

Iran’s shrimp production has cut by 50 percent due to white spot syndrome.

Arsalan Qasemi, managing director of Iranian Sea Creatures Production and Export Union, said white spot syndrome is widespread in shrimp farms in southwestern Bushehr province, Mehr news agency reported on October 24. Credit:

India Research—An Assessment of Commercial Hatchery Feeds

From Abstract: In this study, conducted in the state of Andhra Pradesh, researchers assessed the components in commercial hatchery feeds. Credit:

Is aquaculture ready to follow poultry’s path?

Aquaculture is a protein sector destined to compete head-on with poultry for share of the U.S. consumer’s stomach due to its efficient feed conversion and healthy food status. It’s a question of when seafood farmers will be able to commercialize and adopt technologies still under development to increase production and bring down prices. Credit:


( Vietnam shrimp exports in Q3/2015 reported a growth compared to the two previous quarters. Shrimp exports reached US$840.8 million in Q3, up from US$ 573.9 million in Q1 and US$ 716.2 million in Q2 but still down compared to the same period in 2014. From July to September, shrimp shipments increased steadily from US$ 263.5 million to nearly US$ 305 million. The cumulative figure in the first 9 months of this year hit US$ 2.1 billion, down 27.4% from the same period of 2014. Credit:

Asia Research—Review of Shrimp Diseases

From Abstract: This review summarizes recent information about new and newly emerging diseases of cultured shrimp in Asia and discusses the biosecurity lapses that led to the current shrimp production crisis. All industry stakeholders must be aware of this situation and of the need for regional and global collaborative efforts to stem this crisis and prevent future development of another. Credit:

Shrimp producers expand crops, given the better price forecast

Shrimp producers have restarted this crustacean breeding in the Mekong Delta area as prices as expected to grow at the end of the year, when exporters need more raw materials. Credit:

Thai Union suspends purchases from over 1,200 vessels

As part of its efforts to stop illegal fishing, Thai Union Group announced it has stopped receiving fish and shrimp captures from over a thousand fishing vessels. Credit:

Prawns Reveal the Secrets of Innovation

UK - Small and hungry prawns are more likely to be resourceful in the face of adversity than their less desperate counterparts according to new research published today in the journal PLOS ONE. Credit:

Vietnam Farmers Stocking to Capture Better Prices

Shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta have resumed farming because they think prices will increase at the end of the year when exporters need more raw product. Credit:

Shrimp Farmers Alerted to EHP Disease Spread

INDIA - Indian shrimp farmers have been warned to keep a look out for the spread of Enterocytozoon Hepatopenaei (EHP), a micro sporedean disease. Credit:

Agriculture Production Must Increase 60% to Feed World

GLOBAL - Feeding the world’s growing population requires targeted investments to unleash the productive potential of millions living in rural areas, where nearly 80 per cent of the world’s poor are found, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Credit:

Netherlands Shrimp Imports

The International Trade Centre (ITC) reports that shrimp imports into the Netherlands through June 2015 were $246.8 million, down 24.5% from the same period in 2014. Credit:

A lot of fish forecast to starve due to El Niño

In an interesting article written by Nick Stockton for, he makes reference to a surprising capture made by marina biologist Joseph Orsi during his latest research trip. Credit:

India Price Supports

The Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI) is planning to support farmers with a minimum price for shrimp. Tara Patnaik, vice president of SEAI and Chairman of Falcon Marine Exports Limited, a leading Indian exporter, said, “We are also having a dialogue with the government for the support.” Credit:

EU to Help Boost Aquaculture in Myanmar

MYANMAR - The EU is working with Myanmar to help boost aquaculture production and improve food safety through new training programmes. Credit:

Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Fish and Food Production

ANALYSIS - To meet the challenge of producing more and more food with less resources and less land to meet the needs of a growing global population, food producers should turn to the oceans. Credit:

Asia Pacific Leaders Endorse Fishery Growth, Resilience

GLOBAL - Food security and fishery leaders and policy-makers from Asia Pacific economies have formally adopted the Iloilo Plan of Action that strongly promotes climate resiliency and inclusive growth in the sector. Credit:

China Difficulties with Diseases and the Weather

Over the summer, during the second crop cycle, many shrimp farms in China were hit hard by disease and weather problems, especially Guangxi Province, while Fujian and Hainan Island provinces fared slightly better. Credit: