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September 3, 2013

Thailand

Matt Briggs, EMS Likely to Spread

 

In a long article in the Bangkok Post about increasing shrimp prices in the United States and Europe, caused by the early mortality syndrome (EMS) epidemic in China, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, Matthew Briggs, an aquaculture consultant for Ridley Aquafeed, said, “The shortage is going to last at least a couple of years, maybe longer.”  The four countries hit by EMS accounted for about 70% of the world’s shrimp exports in 2011, according to figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

 

“My farm was affected in August 2012, when we lost about 80% of our stock,” said Prayoon Hongrat, president of Sureerath Farm in Chantaburi Province, in eastern Thailand.  “We need to bring our water supply from outside, and we think that is what spread the disease in our nursery.”

 

China’s total output of shrimp was more than 1.5 million metric tons annually before EMS, of which about 200,000 tons were exported, said Cui He, vice-president of the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance.  Since the EMS epidemic, China has been importing shrimp from India and Ecuador just to satisfy the huge domestic demand.  “We used to be an exporting country, but now we are an importing country,” Cui said.

 

Vietnam has also been importing shrimp to keep its processing industry going.

 

In May 2013, EMS popped up in Mexico.  “It’s almost inevitably going to get to...other countries,” Briggs said.  “If it does get to other countries, and it’s pretty likely that it will, then there is going to be a really, really severe shortfall.”

 

Source: Bangkok Post.  Global Shrimp Prices Jump.  September 2, 2013.

 

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