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May 6, 2014



Spring Shrimp Crop Much Better Than Last Year


Despite scattered reports of early mortality syndrome (EMS), the first crop of the year appears to be a great success, with survival rates in some provinces of 80% to 90%.


Shrimp prices usually drop in the early spring because of a decrease in the number of festivals and weddings and because processing plants have not yet started to purchase shrimp.  So far this year, shrimp prices have dropped by approximately 25%.


In Guangdong Province in southern China, around the Pearl River Delta, farmers remove the greenhouses over their ponds in late spring when temperatures rise above 30ºC.  This causes abrupt changes in the water temperature and water quality, leading to stress, mass harvests of small shrimp and lower shrimp prices.


In Hainan, an island province off the southern coast of China, the situation is better than last year, but there are still reports of early mortality syndrome (EMS).


In Guangxi, an autonomous region of southern China along its border with Vietnam, there have been no major disease problems so far this year.  Around 50 to 60 days have passed since stocking, and the survival rate is as high as 80% to 90%, 50% to 70% better than in 2013, although the growth rate is not very fast and the shrimp are small.


There is great demand for shrimp in China, and the profits from shrimp farming are high, despite the recent drop in prices.  Over 80% of farmed shrimp are consumed domestically, but this is not enough to meet the huge demand, and China had to import 700 thousand metric tons of shrimp last year, which lead to higher global shrimp prices.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Early Shrimp Farming Encouraging in China, Despite Scattered Reports of EMS.  May 5, 2014.

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