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November 28, 2014

China

Six Regions Report Improvements in 2014

 

A review of the six major shrimp growing areas in China shows that farmers had a much better year in 2014 than they did in 2013, which should help maintain supplies in the Chinese internal market, the largest shrimp in the world.

 

In China, the estimated production of farmed shrimp in 2013 was 1.1 million metric tons, nearly 22% less (300,000 tons) than in 2012.

 

In 2013, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), China imported shrimp aggressively, not only from Asian sources, but also from Latin America, Europe and Canada.  Overall imports of frozen shrimp in 2013 were 30.3% higher than in 2012; supplies increased by 84% from India, 48% from Canada, 32% from Greenland and 16% from Ecuador.

 

Through October 2014, China imported 31.8 million pounds of shrimp from Ecuador, up 157% from 2013, while imports from India fell by 42%.  Total shrimp imports were up 31% over 2013.  Exports of shrimp remained steady at around 100,000 tons, while exports of cooked shrimp were down to about 70,000 tons.

 

According to farmers and distributors, shrimp farming in 2014 exhibited three trends.  First, the market situation was better than in 2013.  Second, the success rate was higher for the first crop of the year than it was for the second crop.  And third, the success rate was higher for extensive farms than it was for intensive farms.  In addition, in 2014, farmers decreased their stocking densities and harvested their crops as soon as shrimp showed signs of disease.  Farmers are attempting to develop low-risk strategies that result in steady production.

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Reports From Six Regions of China Show That 2014 Shrimp Season Was Much Improved Over 2013.  Translation by Amy Zhong.  November 25, 2014.

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