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July 23, 2015

Thailand

Estimated Shrimp Production for 2015

 

Thailand’s shrimp production will not likely return to former levels any time soon because problems with early mortality syndrome (EMS/AHPND), which have ravaged the country since 2012, remain unresolved.

 

Somsak Paneetatyasai, president of the Thai Shrimp Association, says that EMS/AHPND has lowered the country’s annual shrimp output by more than half, from an average of 500,000 metric tons to some 200,000 tons during the past three years—leading many operators to leave businesses due to heavy losses.

 

While efforts to solve the problem progress, shrimp farmers are now reluctant to boost their production out of fear that it may decrease prices.  “This means Thai shrimp production will not increase much,” says Somsak.  “It is expected that Thai shrimp output will total around 210,000 metric tons in 2015, and Thailand may need at least three years before shrimp production returns to normal.”

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Thai Shrimp Assn. President Predicts This Year’s Shrimp Production Will Be About 210,000 Tons.  Ken Coons (kencoons@seafood.com).  July 23, 2015.

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