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January 27, 2014


Allows Imports of Tiger Broodstock and Postlarvae


For the first time in a decade, the Fisheries Ministry plans to allow imports of pathogen-free tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) broodstock and postlarvae—a move that has drawn mixed reactions from hatchery operators.


Some hatchery owners said there was no need to import broodstock because the country has local supplies, while others said imports would increase production and help reduce disease problems.


Syed Arif Azad, Director General of the Department of Fisheries, said, on a pilot basis, one hatchery will be allowed to import broodstock and produce postlarvae.  Later, permission will be given to other hatcheries.


But Moshiur Rahman, president of Shrimp Hatchery Owners Association, said: “We have had bad experiences in the past.  The import of shrimp fries has led to the spread of viruses in local farms, causing losses to many farmers,” adding that the government did not consult the hatchery owners before making the decision.


On the other hand, Main Uddin Ahmad, a past president of the association, alleged that 80 percent of the broodstock and postlarvae collected from the Bay of Bengal were infected with diseases.  He said 14 hatcheries had issued statements in favor of allowing imports of pathogen-free broodstock.


Abu Sufian Chowdhury, managing director of Modern Hatchery, said the government should establish quarantine facilities before allowing imports.


Ahsan Iqbal Chowdhury, secretary general of Bangladesh Marine Fisheries Association, opposed the decision.  He said it is useless when there is a local supply.  “What is the problem in checking the locally collected mother shrimps if you can examine the imported ones,” he asked?


Azad of the DoF said the initiative was adopted based on recommendations from a technical committee.


The Daily Star.  Mother Shrimp Imports Kick Up Debate.  Sohel Parvez.  January 27, 2014.

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