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October 27, 2014


Correction—Production Surges in 2013 and 2014


In an item posted to this site on October 23, 2014, I reported that Brazil’s farmed shrimp production in 2014 would likely be 25,000 metric tons.  Actually, that figure was for just one state, Rio Grande do Norte.  The correct estimate for farmed shrimp production in all of Brazil for 2014 is 100,000 tons!  In 2013, Brazilian shrimp farmers produced 85,000 tons!  These figures show a huge increase in production over previous years.


Itamar Rocha, President of ABCC—the Brazilian Shrimp Farmers Association—reports: “The general outlook for the Brazilian shrimp farming industry...continues to be mostly positive for the next few years.  The main shrimp farms are increasing their stocking density and adopting the most efficient production and technological packages, while also continuing to adopt Best Management Practices and Biosecurity Protocols.  Almost 100% of production is absorbed by our domestic market.  Better survival rates are being obtained even in areas affected by whitespot.  The use of probiotics, nurseries, raceways, aerators, automatic feeders and specific pathogen free and specific pathogen resistant postlarvae are becoming much more common”.


Source: Email to Shrimp News International.  Subject: Brazil Information.  Eduardo Rodrigues (  October 27, 2013.

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