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January 20, 2016


Government to Brand “Black Tiger” Shrimp


Because of a recent decline of shrimp exports to the United States, the Bangladesh government plans to brand its Penaeus monodon as “Black Tiger”shrimp.


As part of its initiative to boost its exports to the United States, a delegation led by Senior Commerce Secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamoon will visit Seafood Expo North America (March 6–8, 2016, formerly the Boston Seafood Show), the biggest seafood trade event in the USA, to talk to buyers about increasing exports.  At the Expo, Bangladesh exporters will have a booth where their “Black Tiger” shrimp will be on display and where they will discuss its benefits.  In addition, Bangladeshi exporters will hold a meeting with the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), the largest professional organization dealing with shrimp exports, to devise ways to increase exports to the American market.


Due to its lower price, the demand for Pacific white shrimp (P. vannamei) has increased in the USA, while that for tiger shrimp has dropped.  Tiger shrimp are the primary species farmed in Bangladesh.  According to the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau, in the last fiscal year (2014–2015), overall shrimp exports declined by 7.35% to $510 million, from $550 million in 2013-2014.


Source: Dhaka Tribune.  Government to Brand Black Tiger to Boost Shrimp Export to USA.  Ibrahim Hossain Ovi.  January 19, 2016.

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