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Crackdown on the Use of Antibiotics at Hatcheries


State fisheries authorities in the state of Andhra Pradesh and the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) have cracked down on unauthorized shrimp hatcheries in the two mandals (administration divisions) of Uppada Kothapalli and Thondangi in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh to prevent the production of seedstock with antibiotic residues, which lead to the rejection of shrimp exports in the European Union and the United States.


Andhra Pradesh is the leading shrimp exporting state (mostly Penaeus vannamei) in India, and most of the hatcheries are located along the coast in the two mandals, which have 60-70 authorized hatcheries and an equal number of unauthorized ones.


According to Lakkaraju Satyanarain, the president of the All-India Shrimp Hatcheries Association, authorities as well as the Association have alerted shrimp farmers on the need to stop using antibiotics in shrimp hatcheries.  “However, there are quite a few unauthorized hatcheries that are not members of the association, and they depend on the advice, sometimes faulty, given by the dealers.  Unfortunately, there is no feed standardization and sometimes unwittingly antibiotic residues get into the seed at the hatchery level or farm level,” he said.


Source: The Hindu BusinessLine.  Crackdown on AP Shrimp Hatcheries.  Sarma Ch. R.S.  September 20, 2017.


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