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September 7 2015


Bahia—Court Order Will Stimulate Shrimp Farming


After an eight-year wait, small and medium-scale shrimp farms in the state of Bahia welcome a court decision that will simplify the process of starting a shrimp farm.


Federal judge Candido Ribeiro suspended a requirement that all farms had to get environmental impact assessments and licenses from environmental agencies.  Those agencies “prevented the activity in the state,” explained the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA), Helder Barbalho.


Bahia managed to produce 7,577 metric tons of shrimp in 2004 and around 7,050 tons in 2011, but current production is only around 2,000 tons.  The state has 100,000 hectares that could be used for shrimp farming, but currently it only utilizes 2,096 hectares.


Source: FIS United States (  Court Ruling to Ease Shrimp Farming in Bahia.  September 7, 2015.

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