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November 20, 2015

Belize

Correction on Earlier Item

 

Alvin Henderson (alvin@royalmayanshrimp.com), President of the Belize Shrimp Growers Association, reports:

 

We note with concern the inaccurate news item that you reproduced from a television station based in Belize.  While we have been able to correct the record in Belize with the local media, we have not been able to do so with the thousands of readers of your blog.

 

As you may know, Belize has been relatively free of diseases.  The last outbreak we had was in 2001 with Taura Syndrome Virus (TSV).  In March of this year, though, we began seeing some mortality in the field caused by a Vibrio problem that was evidently made worse by the higher temperatures as we came into the year.  By June of this year, most of the farms were seeing some mortality.  Many of the farmers decided to dry out their production sites—a decision fully endorsed by the Belize Shrimp Growers Association.

 

Industry earnings will be impacted this year.  We expect to see a decline by as much as 30% when compared to 2014.

 

Belize is in the process of importing new broodstock and implementing changes in farm management practices.  This will be done across our industry.

 

We expect to see a full industry recovery by the latter part of the first quarter of next year.

 

In a telephone conversation, Henderson said that Belize was not having virus problems, as Shrimp News reported earlier.

 

Sources: 1. Email to Shrimp News International.  Subject: Correction to Shrimp News Coverage on Belize.  Alvin Henderson.  November 19, 2015.  2. Telephone conversation with Alvin Henderson on November 19, 2015.

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