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The Good Times for Shrimp Farmers Are Over

 

Shrimp farming in China has entered a difficult period, with environmental issues causing drops in production and larval quality slipping, said shrimp farmers from China at the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s GOAL 2017 conference in Dublin, Ireland (October 3 to 6, 2017).

 

Chen Dan, chairman of the Guangdong Evergreen Conglomerate, said that shrimp production has declined in China by 20 percent, to 900,000 metric tons [???], mainly “due to environmental problems and germplasm degradation.”

 

Export volumes have also been slipping in 2017, the result of domestic prices being higher than international prices, Dan said.

 

“Greater investment is needed in environmental controls such as designated farming zones and standardized farm management” to help jumpstart the sector, Dan said.  He also stressed the need for China’s hatcheries “to tighten operational standards to improve larval quality,” which currently has a survival rate of only 50 percent.

 

Jia Hao Ma, chairman for Guangzhou Liyang Bio Tech Company, said, “The era of easy shrimp farming is gone forever.”  He also noted the environmental deterioration gripping the Chinese shrimp farming industry, pointing out the necessity for water quality remediation.  On broodstock, Ma said, “future breeding programs should be oriented to selection for greater resistance to environmental stress.”

 

Source: SeafoodSource.com.  Executive Editor, Cliff White (cwhite@divcom.com).  Goal: China’s Days of Easy Shrimp Farming “Gone Forever,” Harvester Says.  Madelyn Kearns (mkearns@divcom.com).  October 5, 2017.

 

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